“I’m SO busy at work!” “How do you have time to do that? I’m too busy to read/watch TV/exercise/do anything fun.” “I can’t get monthly massages I have too much to DO!”
Have you heard yourself or someone you know say that recently?
Busy-ness is the trend these days. People carry over-packed schedules.
Too much “busy” could be making you tired, sick, and probably cranky.
In this post I’ll share with you 7 easy ways to reduce your stress right now.
Really. It’s not as difficult as you may think.
When do you relax?
“Relaxation” is a word we hear often, but don’t know always know what it means. Here, I’ve compiled some options for you.
re·lax verb \ri-ˈlaks\
1: the state of being free from tension or anxiety.
2: a way to rest and enjoy yourself
3: recreation or rest, especially after a period of work.
4: the loss of tension in a part of the body, especially in a muscle when it ceases to contract.
5: something that you do to stop feeling nervous, worried, etc.
What does relaxation mean to you?
If you’re not a “hot bath and good book” kind of person, you probably cringe at spa photos of people with stones piled on their backs.
But here’s a little secret: You can make your own definition of relaxation.
It’s your job to figure out what you enjoy doing, what makes you smile, and what makes you feel like you are a hundred miles from work.
Then, make time for that.
You have a schedule. Write in special time for a hobby, a nap, massage, your favorite show, a weekend getaway, a new class, ANY thing you enjoy can be relaxing.
Need some help?
Here are some ideas:
1. Spend part of the day alone or with good friends.
2. Take a forest bath.
3. Start a meditation practice. Just 20 minutes out of your day will do it. There are so many benefits!
4. Devote time to your hobby. Or find a new hobby.
5. Sleep in. When we’re stressed, our memory can take a toll.
6. Arrange for take-out or pre-cooked meals all day.
7. Schedule a massage!
If you’ve always wanted a day to “not leave the house” today’s the day! Wake when you wish, eat when you’re hungry, stay in your jammies and read a book.
Taking care of you is important. And, self-care puts you in a better frame of mind to take care of the people who depend on you.
Self-care can be one of the ways to reduce stress.
So find the thing that mellows you out, and make it happen!
What to do next
Take one of these suggestions and do it. Don’t like the 7 listed here? Then create your own.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy can be a gentle way to reduce stress and you get to give yourself an hour just to you!
You can schedule your first appointment here.
What do you think?
What are some of your favorite ways to reduce stress and relax? If you’ve used one of my ideas I would love to hear about it in the comments below.