It’s the busiest time of year for me at work, and so it is important for me to think of ways to stay calm and keep well. None of what I have to say is new, and I know I don’t always listen to my own advice but…here are my top ten tips.
1 Eat well. Eat lots of vegetables of different colours, whole grains, good, lean protein. Yes, well, we all know that, but it is even more important to maintain balance when stressed
3 Go for a walk, in the park of by the ocean, whatever you like, whatever you have access to. Fresh air and exercise always help.
4 Do some exercise. This doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym. Walking, yoga, and my favourite, Pilates are all exercise. I honestly always feel 100 times better after my Pilates class, with a refreshed body and refreshed mind. And then sleep well (the most important thing!).
5 Get one with nature. Plant some seeds, smell some flowers, watch and listen to the birds. Cuddle a cat, play with a dog, even go to the zoo. If you are in Wellington, go to Zealandia.
6 Treat yourself. Now don’t splurge money you don’t have…buy a bunch of flowers, have a bath, have a special tea or coffee, buy some nice bread to enjoy for breakfast. Or splash out and have a massage.
7 Pick up something nice to read, an old favourite, something light and easy to read, a book about flowers or cookery or whatever you are interested in. Maybe read about a 7 day slow living challenge at Pick Up Limes, or check out favourite blog posts (Six on Saturday, Notes from the Hinterland) or listen to an audio book or podcast.
8 Dance. Put on some music, close the curtains and dance.
9 Breathe. Very important. Try ‘square breathing’. Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, exhale for four counts, hold for four counts. Repeat.
10 Plan a trip. Even just dreaming about where you might want to go. It doesn’t have to be a round the world exploring adventure, it could even be a neighbouring city you haven’t been to for ages.
I am sure you have hundreds of more suggestions. What are your top de-stressing tips?
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