This week, in particular, has been particularly stressful and hard for me with lots going on in my work and personal life – there have been moments of anxiety followed by headaches. Also, I’ve been letting my selfcare practices slide, which hasn’t really helped the situation. I know I need to work on making time for myself during busy periods, it’s all part of the learning process.
Personally, trying to find that work-life balance causes the most stress and guilt, especially when it comes to my 2-year-old. Does that work life balance even exist anyway? Daily habits to help enhance and bring some ease into my life has helped me in so many ways. Incorporating the smallest of rituals can make a big difference and these are just some of the things that I’ve tried to help relieve some of the stress in my life and feel good.
Write a love list
One of my favourite things to do is to make a list. I’m all about lists for keeping me on track and organised but I also think they are great to remind you of the things that you love and enjoy. Saving your love list on your phone, tablet or laptop means that you will always be reminded of the things that make you happy. The list doesn’t have to be full of major life events either, it can be just little everyday things such as your favourite bar of chocolate or lipstick.
Go for a walk
Believe it or not, something as simple as fresh air can do you the world of good and it’s free. Taking a break from a stressful day at work by going for a walk on your lunch break and getting your head out of your computer can be highly beneficial. Try and get outside for at least 10-15 minutes a day and you will really notice the difference it makes to your stress levels and general wellbeing.
Get a good night’s sleep
There is nothing like a good night’s sleep to put a spring in your step. Waking up refreshed and energized makes for a better day than waking up groggy and tired. I try to get as much sleep as my toddler will allow (he’s been sleeping pretty well recently) and when I do feel great and ready to attack the new day. Try and turn off your phone and computer in the evening so that your brain is well rested before bed, it really helps to get a good night’s sleep.
A restful mind makes for a restful soul – or so they say. Recently I’ve got into meditating again, I generally do this unaided in the evening before bed or after I wake, however, there are some fabulous phone apps out there at the moment. I find meditation very relaxing and a great way to unwind after a restful day. Emptying my mind for a few minutes and getting some head space also makes for a great night’s sleep.
Exercise can make you feel great! Some of you may think that I am crazy, but it’s really true. Working out releases a hormone called serotonin in the brain, the bodies natural happy hormone. I always feel better after a workout compared to before a workout, which means when I work out in the morning it gives me a natural boost to start my day.
Have a declutter
I don’t know about you, but a cluttered room or desk really makes me feel stressed and less focused. Creating a less stressful environment by putting away or ditching unwanted items can help create a sense of clarity and release.
Disconnect from social media
As I mentioned in a previous post, social media has a lot to answer for when it comes to harming our wellbeing. It can get incredibly overwhelming and makes us feel unsettled if we let it control us. From time to time, give yourself a break from social media and tap into your surroundings more for a less stressful time.