Are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed? Here are a few quick tips to be at ease and in the moment.
Nowadays, our stress levels are super high and can cause all sorts of unwanted responses within our bodies. Headaches, change in mood, and a loss of or an increased appetite are just a few that I personally have experienced while I was feeling stressed. Whenever I take a step back to dig deep into the cause of my stress, I am able to better plan a strategy that will help lower my stress levels. Here are some things to keep in mind if you get stuck in a period of high stress and overwhelmingness.
1.Practice your favorite hobby or activity that is a stress reliever for you.
Honestly, it doesn’t matter whether you’re doing some arts and crafts, reading your favorite book, exercising, cooking/baking, going for a walk, or playing with your pet. Whatever it is, making it a priority and incorporating it into your daily/weekly routine will be a game changer. Schedule it just like you would a work meeting, and probably more importantly DON’T FEEL BAD ABOUT IT.
2. Spend time with your friends and family.
This is a big one. We are social beings. Having conversations with others and connecting makes us feel good inside whether it’s through actively listening to others tell a story or relishing in sharing some favorite memories. I can remember how good it felt the first time getting together with friends following the pandemic shutdown. We were all ecstatic. It was then that I realized the importance of social interaction with others and knew that I needed to make this a priority.
Yes, right now go get in your bed and go to sleep. If this is what you want to do right now, there’s a good chance that your stress levels are high and your sleep is poor. Once your sleep becomes affected, you will notice other things like having brain fog, increased heart rate, weight gain, and mood swings. Sleep is the body's way to recharge and recover. It’s not a machine, so it will not function optimally if your sleep is shit. Don’t become a “Karen” because you can only sleep for 4 hours a night. Change your habits and get to bed.
4. Really, just PRIORITIZE YOU.
At the end of the day, it comes down to your lifestyle. Are you in control of your life and what you do each and every waking hour? Or is it controlled by everything and everyone else around you? You have one life and time doesn’t stop, so why let other things and other people dictate how you spend your time while you're still alive? Time to wake up and smell the roses. It’s a beautiful life if you just prioritize what makes you feel refreshed and grateful.