When I moved to a new house last year, we had basically one week to move everything from one house to the other and do a full bond clean on the old house. It was insane! And unreasonable if I'm honest.
My husband was working away and for about two weeks leading up to it, I was running on adrenaline. I was super focused, too busy to eat, working really hard but so exhausted at the end of the day. When we did eat, it was takeaway. I wasn’t sleeping well either. The upside to being so busy is that I had absolutely no time for social media or anything else on my phone.
Because we were working together (which we don't do well), not eating properly and not sleeping well, my hubby and I were getting quite cranky and snipping at each other. To be honest, we needed a rest, some space and good food.
So my Stressed Sista, next time you’re in a similar situation here are a few tips:
Take a moment or five to stop – whether it’s in the car before loading up again, or in the bathroom after a big meeting. Stop moving. Stop thinking about what’s next, what shoulda, woulda, coulda been done better.
Breathe slowly. Eat slowly. Drink some water. By slowing things down, your parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) will kick in and start to reverse your body’s stress response, even if it is only for a few moments.
Remember that it will all get done. Release and relax your expectations.
Take these breaks as often as you can. It won’t be easy but with practise and as the large task gets completed, you’ll see the benefits of taking these physical and mental minutes to yourself. The PNS acts as a brake to slow down your stress response, but if we’re in a state of ongoing stress, it begins to get lazy. By forcing yourself to slow down, you will start to train your PNS to work again and balance out the Sympathetic Nervous System and its’ “Fight or Flight” response. Here's more information about the Nervous System and its’ role in Stress.
Once the big task is over or you have time for a proper breather, here's some Self-Care Ideas that don't cost a thing.
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