Ways To De-Stress When we are feeling overwhelmedA Day in the Life Family Health & Fitness Parenting
The last week and half has been crazy, am I right? We are all going through a really hard time in our lives, and of course are doing are best to make it through each day.
I love my family, don’t get me wrong. But spending 12 hours a day together can get stressful. There are days that are great, but there are days that are not so great.
I’m a nervous person on a good day, so add in this isolation and I can feel anxious and overwhelmed quite easily. If I wake up on the wrong side of the bed, the slightest little thing can irritate me and I’ll blow.
Because I’ve had nothing but time on my hands between work stuff and the kids, I’ve had a lot of time to realize what I need for myself to calm down and de-stress and thought I’d share them with you.
Here they are:
Before isolation I was working out about 5 times a week outside of the house. It was my way of starting my day and getting the energy I need to carry out the rest of the day. Now, I exercise at home every morning. Being stuck at home it not only uses up at least an hour of the day, but continues to make me feel better for the rest of the day. It really makes such a difference in my mood. I have even tried new things like barre and yoga instead of doing my regular cardio and strength. It makes your body feel so good!
Even not in isolation, self care is so important. It is even more important to take care of yourself as we go through this pandemic. It’s one thing to take an hour for yourself everyday or here and there in “regular life”. But being in isolation and surrounded by others 24/7 can get to you. I make sure to give myself at least 1 hour a day to myself. Whether that be eating lunch in my room and watching tv (okay, my soap opera 😉 ), going outside and taking a walk by myself, or meditating. I have never meditated before, and I’ve done it twice since this isolation started. Let me tell you, it feels great.
One of the hardest things about this whole thing is being away from my parents, sister and her family, and of course my best friends. So when I’m feeling down and need a break from speaking to the people in my house, I pick up the phone or hop on Zoom. It makes such a difference talking to other members of your family, or laughing with your friends on a group zoom session. They say laughter is the best medicine and it’s so true.
One major factor in all of this is your overall health, and that starts with your nutrition. Trust me as someone that works from home, it’s hard not to raid the kitchen pantry all day long! And yes, I snack (alot), but I also know when I overdo it, I feel it. When I don’t feel good, or bloated, it affects my overall mood. Or when I don’t eat enough, I totally get hangry. So, in order to keep my stress level down and feel my best, I ensure that I have specific items to keep my energy levels up and my mind at ease. My favorites are Energy Fizz Sticks and Mind Health from Arbonne.
I hope that everyone is doing well out there, and I also hope that this ends sooner than we think. If you have any other tips that help you, please leave a comment below!
Sending everyone positive thoughts, energy and love.