Stress is a word that we hear a lot about, it’s definitely a ‘thing’. In the past, I have found myself thinking a lot about being stressed. Am I stressed or am I anxious? (fear of the future), is the problem internal (your mind has a gremlin in it), or is it external (work situations, family, people).
Being under pressure (a wee bit) can be quite a good thing, gives us a goal to work towards, keeps us off facebook, and gives us bouts of productivity. Its when pressure start to affect your diet, and sleep in a not so positive way that the pressure can feel like its building up…
Here are some ideas on how to change things around if you feel like you are on a hamster wheel.
Learn how to sleep better
Have a think about everything that impacts you getting a good nights sleep:
Crack open a window so your room is nice and cool
Buy yourself new pillows at least every 2 years…
Blackout blinds are a winner, especially at this time of the year
Switching off your computer at 9pm and not answering non urgent emails.
Not having your ipad or phone in your bedroom, so that your you don’t think you’re trying to sleep in The Deathstar… flashing lights everywhere from stuff charging!
Going to bed earlier and not watching Netflix…
Re thinking your sleep plan could be the best thing that ever happened to your next day at work!
Being organised in the morning
Getting up when the alarm goes off! This is a biggie, I am guilty as charged of hitting the snooze button… getting better all the time though!
I organise everything I need for the next day the night before, thought about what I’m wearing, got my lunch organised and in the fridge. Winner.
Getting out for a walk at lunchtime, listen to a comedy podcast whilst doing it! Getting outside when the weather is good is so important. Maybe try to got our for a walk when you get home from work instead of straight into ‘jammies on!’ mode..
Ride a bike
Make a plan to go somewhere new at the weekend…
Well I had to get this in somewhere!
Every client has an individual experience of how they feel after a proper massage. Comments range from ‘I feel like I have a new back’, to ‘I feel like a have an extra lung, and and I got a fantastic nights sleep last night’ What’s not to like?
Others have noticed that decision making is easier, and that they feel really productive and can concentrate better…
See your friends, make plans
Make a date to see friends instead of ‘sofa socialising’. There’s nothing quite like getting your girl/boy gang together and laughing, which is also another fantastic way to reduce stress. Having downtime and taking time out is also super important, especially if you are surrounded by people all day, but make sure you get a healthy balance, and don’t turn into Luke Skywalker secluded on your own planet. (not unless that’s what you want!)
For me, being organised is the number one de stresser for me, being on time, having a plan for my next day, having fun stuff in the diary to do. I would say that what I need to get better at is planning a day of…. Nothing… This was recently pointed out to me by a friend I have staying with me at the moment who asked me last night ‘do you ever just do… nothing?’ eh nope. Sounds nice though huh? I’ll report back.
I hope you have enjoyed this article and if you take away just one thing that makes an ickle improvement. Wonderful. Getting blackout blinds is also a winner if you have a cat… all the cat owners are now nodding their heads.
Written by Elizabeth Bandeen Massage Therapist