Maintaining what feels like a hundred tasks over the span of seven days can become overwhelming and depleting. Work, running a business or leading a family causes stress and ultimately creates a worn-out version of yourself. Over time stress can lead to anxiety, depression, a low immune system, and other harmful effects. 80% of doctors visits are linked to stress, so getting a handle on this now can help you avoid the chronic illnesses that are showing up today for many. Obesity, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune conditions, inflammation and resistant weight loss are just a few.
As you know, I’m all about taking time for self-care. Why? Because It’s true that your business and dreams can only function and come to life as well as you are functioning – and you can’t be at your full potential and hear your heart when you’re stressed out. And nobody has time for THAT!
Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, burned out or just low, consider these opportunities that can take you from stress to success.
Spend time in nature.
Take a break from your day to go for a walk or step outside and take three deep breaths then go back to your task. Even better, take your shoes off and feel the earth beneath your feet. Earthing or grounding is a great way to de-stress and rebalance your energy. Spending time outdoors can lower levels of cortisol – a hormone used as a marker for stress. Cortisol is also called the fat storage hormone. Produced from the adrenal glands, cortisol increases sugar into our blood and stores fat especially around the belly when we are in a stressed state. Even low-level chronic stress keeps cortisol and our adrenals turned. Consider working remotely from a garden or outdoor cafe. Even opening a window can change the mood in a workspace in an instant. Mother nature has many healing properties that are right outside your door.
Put on relaxing music, tune into your breathing, and focus your thoughts. There are easy-to-follow guided apps like CALM you can find if you’re a beginner. It’s proven that the benefits of mediation can last up to six days – that’s almost an entire week! Imagine what taking 10 minutes out of your day to meditate could do for your mental health. Another form of meditation is called visualization. Instead of focusing on the circumstances that are causing your stress, focus on how you want to feel. Relaxed, calm, empowered, flowing through the day with ease. When you see yourself and most importantly FEEL the way it feels in your body to BE relaxed, that what you call into your day. Try adding elements of aromas, you can find my favorite essential oils here, and hot tea to enrich the experience.
Take deep breaths.
You’ve probably heard this before, but deep relaxed breathing can help lower stress levels in just 2 minutes. Focus on your breaths being slow and steady, with your out breathe being longer than your in breath. This can lower your heart rate and boost oxygen levels. Practice this 5-5-7 breath. Close your eyes and picture white light representing positivity as you’re breathing in to a count of 5, hold it for a count of 5, and breathe out to the count of 7, picture black smoke representing negative energy releasing from the body. Practice this in moments when you become aware that you are starting to feel overwhelmed.
Set a time limit for social media.
It has become so integrated into the fabric of everyday life. You may not even notice the effects of checking Facebook multiple times a day has until it’s too late. This can cause comparison stress, FOMO (fear of missing out), mood influence, and other negative underlying effects. Get an app that allows you to put a timer on social media apps if your phone settings don’t already have one.
Have a mini self-care session.
Plan one a few times a week to unwind from the madness. Make a bath, use a bath bomb, light some candles, grab a glass of wine, put on soothing tunes, and simply relax. According to psychologist Neil Morris, bathing can diminish feelings of depression and pessimism. A mixture of sensory and physical satisfactions causes feelings of comfort and easiness, which is a type of security that allows your mind and body to relax. For an added boost add some essential oils and bubbles to your bath. Essential oils energetically boost your feel good memories, and bubbles as a sense of joy and playfulness.
Schedule out time for tasks.
When you have a lot to get done at once, one of the worst things you could do is attempt to tackle everything at once with no order and jump from task to task. Instead, start with a game plan. Prioritize your tasks based on due dates and how much time each will take you. Delegate what you can to your team and others who are willing to help you cross items off of your to-do list. Set time limits for how long you work on something to prevent distractions along the way. And make sure you are taking breaks for lunch and to get up and move every 90 minutes, even if it’s just to walk to get some water and stretch.
Get moving, even for a bit.
The more you stress, the more stress hormones you create. Typically, you begin to take shorter breaths reducing oxygen blood levels creating a strain on the body. Use movement as an outlet to reverse this from happening. Getting your blood pumping and oxygen flowing again eliminates stress hormones bringing you back to a relaxed state. Plus, it has the added benefit of increasing those feel good endorphins and helps you feel more mentally alert. Pick a form of movement that is FUN and you will want to engage in it often. Not sure what to try, pick up my movement menu and see what resonates with you.
Remember, self-care MUST come first in order to ensure success and joy for the future.
Whether you are a busy mom, entrepreneur who Is building her passion, or working a full-time job, SELF CARE IS NOT SELFISH. It’s the number 1 way to step into your dreams and come home to yourself to become the confident, empowered, energized leader you were meant to be. It is a part of very business plan that I help my clients create to help them step into their ideal life of abundance and success.
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Before you go, leave a comment and share with me, what is 1 thing from this list you will implement this week to shift from stress to success? I read every one and promise to respond. 🙂