True Stress Relief for Busy Women

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Often, it seems hard to find time to dedicate to our mental and emotional health, especially when we consider juggling careers, families, and other cultural expectations of women. Yet, it’s common knowledge that individuals that know how to navigate through stressful emotions and situations generally do better in other aspects of their lives. Don’t wait for stress levels to become overwhelming before you do something about them. Incorporate what you can from the list below in your daily routine. We never want to be too busy for our health and well-being.

  1. Take at least 3 deep, slow breaths. You’re breathing anyway so this won’t take much time or effort. As little as 3 deep breaths is enough to break what I call a “manic stress trance.” Continue the slow, deep breathing for as long as you have time for and allow it to be maintained throughout the day.
  2. Slot in some time for exercise or stretches. It can be as simple as walking flights of stairs at work, doing simple stretches at your desk, or dancing to your favorite song, after closing the door in your office or at home for 2 minutes. Move your body throughout the day in ways that fit your busy schedule. You will also be releasing endorphins, which physiologically will make you feel better.
  3. We have over 60, 000 thoughts in one day. Notice these thoughts come and go with detachment, as you would watching clouds passing by. We can choose what thoughts we keep. Let go of thoughts that do not serve you.
  4. Acknowledge your emotions, without needing to change them. Feel emotions come and go, like your thoughts. When we can observe our thoughts and emotions, we realize that we are more than our thoughts and emotions and we do not become overwhelmed by them.
  5. Prioritize what is most important on your list of things to do. Most of the time, you don’t need to do everything on the list today. There is always tomorrow.
  6. Smile. The simple act of smiling sends a message to our brain that all is well. Laughing is even better.
  7. Repeat a calming mantra to yourself like “I am where I am and it’s ok. “ or “There is enough time to do everything.”
  8. Have some relaxing music playing in the background in your office, home or your car.

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