Life can feel damn hard some days. The responsibilities we have to take care of, the needs of other people that need to be met. The cooking, cleaning, taking care of kids, and somehow trying to find time to care for ourselves can feel just down right exhausting. By the end of the day we just want to flop down on the bed to just get a good night’s sleep and yet sleep practically eludes us because our damn minds just won’t shut down.
Before we know it the alarm is going off & it’s time to get up and do it all over again.
Stress is one of those things that are body does need, however, most of us are giving our bodies more than its fair share of it. We live in a world where there is just so much pressure placed on us from other people and ourselves. Especially right now because the holidays are here. While holidays are supposed to me a joyous time for us, it tends to be the opposite. There is a lot of pressure to buy all of the presents, give every one and their brother a gift. Bake cookies, wrap the presents, go to the holiday parties, be joyous and happy and giving and thankful and yet all we want to do is really just pull our damn hair out of our heads and scream at the top of our lungs.
I totally get it. Stress is one of those things that I personally don’t handle well at all. It can feel down right overwhelming and can leave us feeling depleted, anxious, hopeless, worthless, and just like we aren’t doing enough in our lives. Some days when I have just had it all I want to do is go lie in my bed, pull those covers up over my head, and just close my eyes wishing for it to all go away.
And while some days this might feel like the very best option, let’s face it, it’s really not. So today I want to share with you some tips on how to recover and destress to help your body, mood, and overall view of life!
Ideas for Promoting Recovery and Decreasing Stress
- Take up an enjoyable hobby (at least once weekly): This could be anything. You’ll not only get some time to focus on something that brings you joy, but you’ll also be around people whose company you enjoy (well, most likely).
- Volunteer once per week: This will likely increase the time you spend around people whose company you enjoy. Plus, you’ll be living according to your values, which always provides a nice dose of goodness.
- Get a regular massage every few weeks, or on your own preferred schedule.
- Take ownership of your situation: Acknowledge what role you play in how your life is organized.
- Spend time outside daily.
- Set limits on screen time: Yes, this means not constantly checking emails, texting, and reviewing social media.
- Meditate / pray / quietly reflect (any word you prefer) as often as possible.
- Include low impact movement (e.g., yoga, walking, biking, hiking) daily. Walk to get your groceries. Bike to the gym. And so on.
- Gain perspective: Step back and think about your entire life, then consider how today’s stressor fit into the big picture.
- Practice being alone: Turn off your phone and go somewhere. Maybe out to dinner, a movie, a play, or on a hike. You are with yourself always and forever. The more we can learn to enjoy our own company, the better.
- Take deep breaths, focusing especially on a long out-breath: This immediately calms your stress response.
- Practice gratitude: This might mean a daily journal. Or maybe a weekly letter to someone you appreciate.
Try a mind body scan: Find a quiet place with no distractions. Sit or lie down. Set a time, for 5 minutes if you like. Start at the top of your head, and slowly go down to your toes. Notice all physical sensations: hot / cold, itchy, tense, etc. Observe, don’t judge. You can do this anywhere, at any time, in order to slow down and calm your body.
- Question 1: What are you feeling, physically?
- Question 2: What are you feeling, emotionally?
- Question 3: What are you thinking?
- Question 4: Based on this scan, what have you learned about yourself today?
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