- Posted by Sarah
- On November 17, 2016
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I don’t know about you, but I find the last quarter of the year to be the most stressful. It seems like everything happens and needs to happen at the same time. All of a sudden I realize the goals and challenges I set for myself in the beginning of the year are far from complete. I often can’t sleep because my mind is making lists of things I still need to do, people I still need to talk to or at least message and then I get up in the morning still exhausted and promise myself, “Tonight will be an early night!”.
There are a few things I’ve learnt to do that really helps me to focus on my day ahead and deal with the short term stress that will arise!
1: I try find something that makes me happy as early in the day as possible. I need to start my day off happy – it sets the tone for the rest of the day. So whether it’s my daughter being absolutely adorable, my husband making my heart flutter or just taking a moment and remembering happy holidays or moments.
2: Exercise. I’m really not talking about any high intensity sessions, hardcore weights or time consuming gym trips. I mean just a brisk 20-30 minute walk outside in the fresh air, greeting the people I pass, and just taking the time to clear your mind.
3: Admit your feelings. It is ok to be sad, frustrated, angry, stressed, overwhelmed and it is ok to admit it to the people close to you. It is also ok to just ‘voice’ your feelings to the empty room. Just by saying how you feel allowed already helps you to deal with the stress that those feelings bring.
4: Eat. Eat healthily. Try put the sugary fatty snacks aside for the day and have an apple, a bag of nuts or a salad. It really will make you feel better!
5: Put your phone off. I know it’s hard these days, but the constant communication you have with the world is incredibly stressful and time consuming and most of the time pretty useless. It is ok to only reply to a message an hour later, people will survive without immediate responses.
6: Make decisions. Don’t let decisions hang over your head for too long. Look at your choices, weigh up the options, then make the decision. The longer you take with the decision the harder it gets to make. Trust yourself, trust your instincts. And if it was the wrong decision, that’s ok. You will survive. Learn from it, and next time you will be better equipped.
7: Connect with people. Take the time to spend with the people close to you, having an honest open chat with your partner or a good friend is one of the best things. In this busy time we so often lose touch with our friends, we ll live busy lives and our days don’t always allow the time. But it is important and we need to make the time. A quick coffee date or even a phone call. Just making the connection can change your day.
8: Make use of the products n the market. These days there are so many awesome products out there that help to reduce your stress levels. My favourite at the moment is Annique’s zero stress mist. They use a blend of calming essential oils and one or two sprays and a couple of deep breaths and you literally feel the effect immediately!
These are a few things that I try to implement into my everyday life. It isn’t always possible, and some days I fail miserably, but then there is tomorrow and I will try again in the morning. I hope a few of these idea help you!