In today’s fast-paced world, being busy has become the norm. We’re constantly rushing from one task to another, and it can be difficult to find time for ourselves even if we want to. When we’re overwhelmed with work, family, or other commitments, it’s important to take a step back and make time for relaxation and self-care. Often I do not get to work with wonderful women until they are so burnt out that their bodies have forced them to come to a full stop. Usually its because of our habit energy of doing too much, carrying too much stress for too long, or we are unwittingly embroiled in hustle culture or our busyness is acknowledged over and over again as a badge of honour so that we do not notice our peace and happiness slipping away. No judgement here. I too was that soldier, so my constant messaging about the importance of living better with stress is part of my commitment that no soldier is left behind. So I remind us, I remind you because I know that with a little reframing, with some small changes and perhaps some community and accountability we can truly live more happily from our own inner calm.
Here are five ways to destress when very busy – maybe one of these will help you right now.
- Take a break: When we’re busy, we often feel like we can’t afford to take a break. However, taking a few minutes to step away from our work can be extremely beneficial. Whether it’s a quick walk outside or a five-minute meditation, taking a break can help us feel refreshed and more focused when we return to our tasks.
- Practice deep breathing: Deep breathing is a simple yet effective way to reduce stress and anxiety. When we’re busy, our breathing can become shallow, which can exacerbate our stress levels. Take a few minutes to sit quietly and focus on your breath, inhaling deeply through your nose and exhaling slowly through your mouth.
- Move the body: Exercise is a proven stress reliever, and it doesn’t have to take up a lot of time. Even a short workout or a brisk walk can help reduce stress and improve mood. Find an activity that you enjoy, whether it’s yoga, running, or dancing, and make time for it in your busy schedule.
- Disconnect: In today’s digital age, it can be difficult to disconnect from technology. However, constantly being connected can contribute to our stress levels. Make a conscious effort to unplug from your phone, computer, and other devices for a set amount of time each day. Use this time to do something relaxing, like reading a book or taking a bath.
- Connect with others: When we’re busy, it can be easy to isolate ourselves and feel overwhelmed. However, connecting with others can be a great way to reduce stress and improve mood. Whether it’s meeting up with a friend for coffee or calling a loved one for a quick chat, taking the time to connect with others can help us feel more grounded and supported.
I know that being busy is itself stressful, and so taking anytime for self-care and relaxation can become seemingly impossible. But it is not impossible By taking breaks, practicing deep breathing, exercising, disconnecting from technology, and connecting with others, we can reduce our stress levels and improve our overall well-being. So the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, try one of the five strategies and see how it can make a difference in your life.
As always I invite feedback – always love to know what is helpful and what isn’t and to hear how you are doing! Dee
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You might like to read this other recent blog about how to Manage Stress as an Over Busy 21st Century Human Being: https://mindfulfacilitation.com/how-to-manage-stress-as-an-over-busy-21st-century-human-being/