How To Make More Time For Self-Care In This Busy Stressed-Out World
These days everyone is running around stressed, frantic, hectic, anxious, and whatever else you want to call it. We are constantly plugged in through either the internet, social media, or our cell phones. Yet we are more disconnected than ever.
This can make it difficult to take a moment to stop, slow down, and smell the roses. However, this is so vital for us to do. Do you ever become aware of how much more creative you are when you take a few days off to recharge? The extra space allows for things to become much more effortless that your brain seems to come up with new ideas out of thin air. This is just one example of the many benefits that we can experience from taking more time for self-care.
Sometimes we need to slow down to speed up…
Counterintuitive, I know, but it works amazingly well nonetheless. Focusing more on ourselves and the things that bring us joy can be extremely beneficial to our sanity and general well-being. Not to mention very helpful for keeping stress levels to a minimum. There is nothing worse than that feeling of being consumed by stress when the walls just seem to start closing in on us and our chest tightens making it hard to breathe.
Luckily, there are simple ways to prevent this…
We often think that stress management needs to be more complicated to be more effective. Which by default, ends up making things more stressful. Can you relate? I mean who really has the time in their daily schedule to meditate 24/7 or the budget to spend on expensive treatments, magical retreats, or drink organic green juice every day? The ways we offer are going to simplify your life and also be easy on your wallet.
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Start the day with intention in the morning
Nobody likes starting their day with an obnoxious alarm clock and jumping out of bed in a rush with zero time to get ready for the day ahead. Therefore, take a few extra moments in the morning to wake up slowly and in a calm state of mind. Do not underestimate the importance of this since it will set the tone for your entire day. Set your alarm to 15 minutes earlier than normal. Even if that means you just lie in bed and think or cuddle with your cat. Do it for yourself. Or you can use this extra time to make yourself a really nice breakfast or luxurious cup of coffee that you can sip while you get ready. The key here is to start the day on a pleasant note with a simple small gesture. Also, change that alarm clock to a soft and soothing tone that will not get the adrenaline pumping first thing.
Throughout the day find small spaces to chill
Things can quickly get crazy once you set foot outside your home and into the busy and bustling world. Anything from public transit issues to one wrong text message can quickly throw you off track and disturb your zen. So in an effort to keep the positive vibes going, whenever you get the chance, remember to take a moment to breathe. Whether you are on a packed subway, or just sitting behind your desk at the office, or picking up that phone call, take a deep breath and know that you can figure out anything that comes at you that day. A major point here is also going to be managing those nasty negative thoughts that pop into your head on a daily basis. It could even be a thought about that annoying and incompetent co-worker. This only results in additional frustration and unease for you so just let it go.
End the day by unwinding in the evening
By the time we get home from work, exercise, walk the dog, eat dinner, shower, wash dishes, and everything else that needs to get done, we are often left exhausted and probably going straight to bed. Or perhaps we are left with a racing mind just thinking about our long list of responsibilities on our shoulders and the tasks that still need to get completed. This can also be when the worry starts to creep in wondering how we will cover that extra expense or find the energy to fulfill our commitments. Regardless, this does not leave much time for relaxing which is critical for a restful sleep. Be sure to carve out some time for yourself to reflect inwards and relieve any tension. This can include using some revitalizing essential oils, a soothing cup of herbal tea, or reading a book for 15 minutes before bed.
A quick word on minimalism
And of course, we could not finish this article without mentioning a common way to destress and declutter your physical space for maximum ease and relaxation. The main goal is to simplify your morning or evening routine by incorporating fewer but more meaningful activities. So why not also minimize your personal belongings? This can help to ease financial stress in addition to helping you find a calmer state of mind at home with less sensory distractions. The saying less is more rings really true here.
So there are a few easy ways that you can boost your routine at any point of the day no matter where you are. A few intentional changes can really go a long way and make a dramatic difference in your mental health and physical well-being by helping to lower stress.
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