The start of 2019 has been a big one for me. Moving house was a bigger stress than I had realised – the headspace, the actual move, the hand over of the old place, and the financial side as well. Anyone who has moved recently knows how crazy it gets!
With a busy schedule, where do you find the time to really de-stress?
I recently found myself being told by a therapist (and friend) that my body needed a break from the constant stress it was under. I wasn’t dealing with it well and it was starting to show in little ways.
To be honest, I love that there are people in my world who give a damn enough to notice and ask the question “what was I doing to chill out?”
My answer? “you know. the typical go-to these days. watching a movie or scrolling through social media.” Basically, numbing or distracting myself from the things that were stressing me out.
So it turns out I needed to find new ways to let my body de-stress without having my over worked nervous system still firing. Meaning, no screens to chill out
I started consciously making the effort to find different ways I could relax. Some things that have worked for me are:
- walking – mostly just around the block for 15 minutes with the fam and occasionally a longer walk in local bush land or around the lake. Just getting into nature/outside more
regularly stretching– I’ve been doing a ROMWOD most afternoons. I’ve caught myself reaching for the phone, not wanting to be in the moment of a long stretch, but teaching myself to be bored or even present in the moment has been a big one here (aka. Practicing be mindful, not mindless)
- cooking – specifically baking delicious cookies. I find enjoyment in the whole process. The making and
the eating beingmore social. This one has been interesting for me as when I’m stressed out I usually like to retreat to my own space. I think there is a fine line (especially as an introvert) but connection with others is a vital part of being human and something that is so easily bypassed as we spend more time “connecting” online
- reading – on my list of things to do but so far I haven’t found the right book. It’s gotta be
related for me nonwork
Since being more intentional about my
I wanted to share my thoughts and experiences as I know I’m certainly not the only person who has stress in their life.
My question to you is – how do
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic and what you do to chill out (that doesn’t require a device)