Simple, small, and doable - these 5 steps won't take too much time, and will have huge benefits for the heart, body, and mind when stress hits!
Take a break
A real one, before the point of no return. You know the drill - you get into a rhythm and then fancy yourself wonder-woman with magical abilities to get it all done before the end of the day, even though you're super stressed and tense. Then you end up curled up in a ball, staring blankly at the crossed-off to do's, frantically grasping for the "off" switch in your brain. If you're going to get it done, get it done well. Give your mind, eyes, and body a break, and go outside for ten minutes. Open up the windows and sit in the sun. Read a fun magazine. Whatever you do, change your scenery. When you come back, you will have a clearer mind to prioritize the remainder of your tasks with even more efficiency.
Phone a friend
Someone completely unrelated to your source of stress. Chat over the phone (yes, actual phone call, not texting! Friendly familiar voices are awesome to hear!) or meet up for a quick coffee. Vent a little if you need it - but don't camp out there. Ask them how they are doing, and listen. Thinking about someone else is the quickest way I get out of a stress slump.
and make it fancy for optimal in-sight, in-mind gulps. I love using big ol' mason jars, a whole lot of ice, a straw, and will often infuse lemon, cucumber, or mint. Dehydration is a sneaky culprit for many-a meltdown, so treat yourself with some kindness and keep the waters coming! Find the recipe for the above infused water here, via Wholefully!
Eat a snack
one healthy and one fun - that's my recipe! I might cut up an apple into slices, with a little PB to dip it in, and then have a few squares of dark chocolate to indulge in. Put it on a pretty plate with a little napkin. Make it fun to look at and eat. This will provide a little, kind pick-me-up for a stressful day.
Reward yourself with something that feeds your soul
Love to hike? Plan a day hike for a weekend coming up. Love fresh blooms? Go get some for yourself! Give yourself something to look forward to that will remind you that your current situation is temporary, life is beautiful, and you are loved!
Do you have any go-to's for when you're overwhelmed or stressed? I'd love to hear, comment below with your faves!
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