Self Care Continued
Do you have 10 minutes of spare time today? Or maybe just 5? Because that’s really all you need to relieve some undue stress. In fact, you could probably just add a few of these into what you already do during the day and make it a regular thing.
- Listen to some good music. You can blow off steam singing in the car, or listen to that Enya mix on your iPod to slow down on a frantic day. Don’t think you need to listen classical or new age music for this to work. Just enjoy it!
- Be mindful. Speaking of just enjoying something, it’s going to be hard to get anything out of head banging or playing the air drums if your mind is rushing to what needs to be done next.
- Meditate, or at least take some slow, deliberate breaths. Sit with your feet flat on the floor and your arms in a comfortable, relaxed position. Take a deep breath, and let it out sloooooowwwly. Repeat. Experiment with phrases like “Right now I am at peace”, “I love myself without condition” and “It’ll be fine, I’m getting to it”. Or maybe not that last one. Nevermind.
- Take a brief walk. If you can take a break, walk around. Mild exercise may play a significant role in how your body feels and regulates stress. At least that’s what I like to tell myself when my computer is driving me up a wall and my cat is yowling for literally no reason. It’s also a good way to really remove yourself from a stressful situation and return with a fresh start.
- Enjoy a warm cuppa. Tea, decaf coffee, hot chocolate. Something warm, and soothing can be of great comfort at the end of a bad day. Of course, skip the caffeine or sugary stuff if it’s too close to bedtime.
- Schedule an activity with good friends. Having something to look forward too can take the edge off a bad mood, and there’s no better medicine than a good time with loved ones.
- Savor a warm shower for a few minutes before running out to the next thing.
- Treat yourself to a nice bouquet of flowers the next time you’re at the grocery store. It will temporarily lift up your table or desk and you can stop and smell them.
- If all else fails, get a massage. Coming in for a massage session can take care of nagging issues you may be having like tender knees or popping shoulders that are getting in your way, while helping you relax and renew.