Stress is a given and stress helps us to grow and dig deep, become more than we thought we could be. The challenge is managing stress and creating healthy habits. And YOU have got this!!! YOU can make these changes.
Be kind and compassionate towards yourself and be accountable as you commit to creating healthy habits and better manage your daily stresses.
set aside 5 minutes at the same time every day to sit and be still. simply witness how breath is moving through your body and practice witnessing the patterns of the mind. again, witness. watch and allow the mind to move just as you allow the breath move. there is nothing to do, but watch and allow.
2. Move your Body
at least three days a week (if not every day), move your body. think about what would feel good and inspire YOU to move your body and then do that thing :). it might be the same thing every day or you might vary your movement. most importantly you are moving and supporting the body, the nervous system, and the psyche in letting go of tension. move your body for 10 to 60 minutes. dance, sway, jump, run, bounce, squat, shake, hula-hoop... just move your body.
every day unplug. disconnect from technology and screens. try 20 minutes a day, try tech free zones in your home, try to not look at your phone first thing in the morning. start to notice where you have become habitual to technology/screens. take baby steps at first, see if you can gift yourself with two to four hours a day of screen-free time.
4. Breathe Deeply
Inhale: Belly, Diaphragm, Chest. Exhale: Chest, Diaphragm, Belly. Repeat.
that's right! laugh. as much as you can, as often as you can. get in a good laugh. sometimes you have to fake it a bit or a lot. the cool thing is the nervous system doesn't know that you are faking it. the nervous system will get the benefits of your fake laughter. endorphins will release and you will feel the effects of a good fake belly laugh as much as a really great full body laugh.