Hi everyone!  We are all feeling various levels of stress in this current situation.  I have a few suggestions that may help you relieve those feelings!

1.    Get Enough Sleep.

This one comes first for a reason.  If you are operating on less-than-sufficient sleep, even the smallest inconveniences and minor annoyances can become major crises.  Allow yourself enough time to unwind before bed.  Unplug your phones and try not to use your laptops or watch tv an hour before bed.  Science suggests most of us need to get eight hours of sleep each night.

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2.    Let Out a Big Sigh.  

Then release another… and another.  This will help you naturally begin to breathe more deeply.  Try to free up your abdomen so it can expand as you inhale.  Let the breath linger for a moment, then gently exhale slowly.  Try counting your breaths - the longer and deeper you breath in and out the more you will feel de-stressed.

3.    Indulge in Some Calorie-Free Treats. 

Soak in a warm bath, light some candles and enjoy a cup of tea, call a friend and have a laugh. Get creative on how you can treat yourself.

4.    Use Creative Visualization. 

Recall a favorite image or an image of feeling relaxed and relieved.  Think of your mind as a movie theater, and you’re the director.  Play whatever reel you desire.

5.    Disconnect from the Electronic World.  

Put your cell phone on silent, shut down the computer, skip the evening news and go for a walk without listening to a podcast or music.  Give yourself some room to simply “be” without a constant barrage of stimulation.

6.    Try Single-Tasking. 

Follow through on one task at a time, repeating what it is you’re doing in order to stay focused.  This will allow you to complete a task in a shorter amount of time and you will fee; more productive.

7.    Make Time to Cuddle.

This could be with your significant other, your kids, or with an affectionate pet.  

8.    Cut Yourself some Slack.  

And while you’re at it, give other people a break, too.  Stop demanding perfectionism from others- and from yourself. 

9.    Adopt an “Oh Well” Attitude. 

The idea is to stop trying to control things that are out your control and just move on and make the best of it.

10.  Take a Moment of Gratitude.  

Even in the most difficult of times, look for something to be thankful for. We take so much for granted these days, we do have many small things to be grateful for.

We have been forced to be less rushed for the moment.  I used to always be in a hurry, with too much to do and not enough time to do it.  Did you feel that way? I am realizing that I don’t want to keep living on the edge of “just in time” anymore.  Some people are adrenaline junkies, addicted to the thrill and excitement that comes from the surge of stress hormones.  But chronically high levels of adrenaline and cortisol can lead to all sorts of physical problems, from anxiety and weight gain to headaches, high blood pressure and heart disease. 

Let’s try to spend this time feeling our accomplishments in a calm and unhurried manner as often as we can.  Move, eat healthy, hydrate and get outside!

Keep taking good care of yourself,