This time of year is wonderful but for many of us it’s also very stressful. It’s an extra load on top of the usual load. You could be dealing with final exams, increased work, kid’s extra activities, cold/flu, holiday parties, etc... I truly could go on for…ever.
So what do you do? Many years I’ve just grinned and beared it. But enough is enough! Through the years I’ve learned and gathered some great tools for dealing with life’s stressors. Are these tools the end to all stress? Of course not. But I find that they do help. In hindsight they are pretty obvious, but I still need constant reminders to use my tool kit, especially when life gets more stressful. What do all of these tools have in common? They are all about self-care.
Self-Care Tool Kit:
- Make sure to drink enough water. I like to start my day off with 16-32 oz. of warm lemon water. So how much water should you drink per day? Well that depends on your body type, how much you exercise, even the climate of where you live. For the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate the general rule is
- About 15.5 cups of fluids per day for men
- About 11.5 cups of fluids per day for women
- Exercise, exercise, exercise. It doesn’t have to be hard core… just move. Most importantly, if you miss a day…don’t feel guilty. Guilt doesn’t help and it feels horrible.
- Eat healthy. What does this mean? Well, it’s different for everyone depending on their body and views. For me, I do well with including lots of fruit, veggies, seeds, and nuts into my diet and staying away from red meat, dairy, sugar, and anything processed. Again, no guilt if you don’t eat perfectly. Just try for a nice balance.
- Meditate. I love the App Insight Timer.
- Sleep well. This one is tough. I find a relaxing routine before bedtime helps.
- Journaling. Getting your feelings out is extremely therapeutic.
- Last but not least, carve some time for you and you only. Read a book. Take a bath. Drink a cup of tea. Do a puzzle. Whatever makes you relaxed and happy. Because...
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
Have a peaceful and joyful rest of the year.