Whenever you feel stressed out/off center, it is always better to address it quickly rather than to prolong it. Train yourself to be more in tune with yourself to recognize any signs of stress. Why accumulate anything that doesn’t help. Right? Am sure we all know these ways of coping but a reminder never hurts and there’s some value in seeing it all in one place.
Find your way out of stress. (Winter storm Niko-Feb 2017)
Exercise – Any form of exercise for 20-30 minutes will help you kick in those endorphins!
Spend time in nature – Walk in the woods or sit by a lake/ocean. Use an app for sounds of nature ONLY IF there is no option for you to go outside.
Talk to a friend who won’t judge you- I am sure you have at least one such person in your life. Please remember that texting cannot be the same as picking up the phone and talking or meeting someone in person. You can also talk to your furry friend.
Prayer/Meditation- Connect with something higher than you and release your worries
Watching videos which make you laugh/smile. Ex: Cute pups/kittens/comedy shows
Art- Don’t worry if you aren’t a painter, just splash some colors or dance freestyle connecting to the music
Journaling- This can be a notebook or even a video/audio journal. Two things I did as a kid and at times even now – Speaking to the trees around me and having a dialogue with myself as if someone was interviewing me.It works for me!
Since we are still in the ‘Love’ month of February I wanted to share these 7 simple rules to show some love to our ‘Self’. After all, we can only share what we have.
Practicing Self Love
Wear an outfit that makes you smile and or wear make-up that makes you smile J
Eat well- Recognize the foods/drinks which make you go off balance.
Make time for what makes you happy.
This could be prayer/meditation/ time with nature/me time. Me time could also be time for painting, journaling, dancing etc.
Get your body some exercise – experiment with dancercise, rock climbing, hiking, biking and find out which form of exercise you actually look forward to.
Allow yourself time to not ‘do’ anything and just be. This can be for 5 minutes or 15 minutes depending on how long you can give yourself. If not doing anything drives you nuts then simply curl up in your bed and take a nap or get a nice bubble bath.
Pay attention to how many hours of sleep is ideal for you. You would know this by the fact that you don’t need an alarm to jolt you up in the morning.
Set boundaries with people at work, with relatives, with friends etc. Start saying NO to those situations/people who drain you out. Respect your life enough to leave work on time most days where you feel like you have a life beyond work.