There are days where I just need an extra push. Every day I actively push myself to do things that get me through my day–especially when I’m feeling overwhelmed, stressed out or negative. I have a running list in my head of things that lift me up. I hope these help you at some point throughout your week.
Blake’s 5 Tips for Kicking Stress
1. Watch an inspiring movie.
If you’re like me and you work for yourself you can plan your own workday. Some people still choose to work 9-5, and others choose to break up their day working in the morning and late into the evening–or other variations. Sometimes–mostly in the evening–I’ll watch a good movie. I recently watched Moneyball and felt very inspired and moved by this story of an underdog baseball team in my local Oakland. If you don’t have time for a movie, I also recommend taking 10 minutes to watch YouTube videos of baby animals. I’m not kidding, it’s good for your heart.
2. Take Deep Operatic-Like Breaths.
If you don’t breathe, you will die. And if you don’t take time to breathe with purpose, you won’t die, but you won’t feel as much at peace as when you make a conscious effort to breathe. Ask yourself where is your breath? If I’m personally upset it’s mostly in my throat. Try consciously breathing from your belly and take 5-10 deep breaths in and out. If you can, close your eyes and sit or lay down on the floor in a yoga pose. Breathing is an easy quick-fix on stress.
3. Write and read your little heart out.
I depend on other people for a little gift of inspiration when I need it. There are authors who I can confidently say I’ve read all of their books. Sometimes you only need to read a few pages or articles to get yourself back on track. Reading is good for your mind, and it’s good for your heart. My personal favorites right now are Geneen Roth, Brene Brown, and Anne Lamott. For a fun, quick and dirty blog I read Jezebel.
4. Make a list of what you’ve accomplished and what you need to do.
There is nothing cheesy about giving yourself pats on the back, and providing written out life instructions that will get you through the next two hours. It can put your day in perspective, and give you an achievable strategy for getting through any days that you are feeling overwhelmed, bored, sad, panicked….you get the idea.
5. Take small breaks.
Depending on if you have a full time job or if you work from home you can take breaks throughout the day for yourself. That might mean a walk/run with your dog, or even escaping to the company restroom for a 3 minute meditation in a bathroom stall. Seriously, I’ve been there–as in corporate environments there is not much room for privacy and in 90% of cases no room for mental health breaks. Do this for yourself.
Wishing you a strong finish to your week everyone!