De-stress when life is busy, or anytime.
Welcome to another awesome week of Fitness Friday!
We’ve talked about ways to de-stress during the holidays. How about when life is just being life and gets crazy busy?
Ironically, in my attempt to de-glorify (is that even a word?) busyness, for the past 8 months or so, I’ve been less busy than ever before. That in itself decreases stress levels. What about those times, like now, when you’re planning a graduation weekend, studying to be certified as a personal trainer, writing proposals to give to small businesses when you pass the PT exam, teaching your daughter how to drive, and planning summer vacations all on top of regular day-to-day life stuff.
That’s my life right now. All wonderful things and individually not stressful at all, but the combined effect of everything can be stressful.
How to de-stress? My first thought is yoga, but you probably already know the benefits of yoga and de-stressing is one of them. Go for a run? You already know that too.
Maybe you haven’t thought of these little things to de-stress that can be easily woven into your busy day:
Play a board game with family and/or friends. Family time and board games are practically no fail for fun, laughter and relaxation.
Don’t expect yourself to keep your regular routine. Temporarily let a thing (or 2) go or do less of. Remember you’re adding things to do to your day and there are only so many to-dos you can do.
Don’t use an exceptionally busy time in life to make big changes. When life is busy might not be the best time to make big dietary changes, start a new workout or start training for your first maratho.
Get your sleep. It may be tempting to stay up late or get up early to have an extra hour or 2 to get things done. The lack of sleep will catch up with you. Sleepiness can make you forgetful, impairs judgement, makes even small tasks feel overwhelming, and it makes concentrating difficult.
Don’t should yourself. The things that HAVE to be done will get done. Don’t worry about the rest and DO NOT constantly remind your self what you SHOULD have done or SHOULD be doing.
Take a walk outside. Even if it’s only for 10 minutes, the mental and physical benefits (goodrelaxation.com) of fresh air far outweigh what you would otherwise be checking off your to do list at that time.
- Fresh air is good for digestion.
- Improves your blood pressure and heart rate.
- It makes you happier.
- Strengthens your immune system.
- Fresh air cleans your lungs.
- You will have more energy and sharper mind.
Don’t add extra caffeine to your day. It may be tempting to up the caffeine to get through the day, but too much caffein can make you jittery and more impatient than you might normally be.
Just breathe. It really is as simple as it sounds.
Try this: sit cross-legged or in a chair with spine straight and feet flat. Now, close your eyes and block your right nostril with your right hand. Take deep, slow breaths through the left nostril. Continue for 1 to 3 minutes. Feel the positive and relaxing energy.
Try guided imagery. This is a technique I’ve used when working with students as a way to give themselves a mental break in the moment. Visualization helps you use your imagination to take you to a calm, peaceful place.
Try this: get into a relaxed comfortable position and begin to see yourself in the midst of the most relaxing environment you can imagine. As you’re imagining your scene involve all of your senses. What does it look like? How does it feel? What special scents are involved? Make your vision feel real and, even if just for a few mintues, allow yourself to be far away from the stress in your life.
Remember the crazy busyness is temporary. Often the things that are making life so busy are temporary. Take care of yourself physically and mentally you can get though this, not miss a moment of the joy in it all and, in the end, look back and smile.
Is your life busy or calm right now? Have you ever tried guided imagery? What do you do to take care of yourself when life is crazy busy?
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