The world has become such a busy, chaotic place that it can feel that there is no time to spend relaxing. Often many busy mothers can burn out as there feels that there is too much to be done and too much to worry about. As the world continues to become a more busy fast-paced environment, it is more important than ever to be aware of your mental and physical health as the two are co-dependant on each-other. In this post I’d like to share some of my ideas and tips on how to stay healthy and happy both mentally and physically.
Make Time For Yourself Daily
Many people in today’s world only make time for themselves to relax and refuel when they are already feeling the effect of too much stress. By the time a person “burns out” they have already but themselves under too much pressure. I have found taking at least 30 minutes a day to be in a quiet, therapeutic space to unwind reduces these burn out periods. There are loads of helpful guided meditation videos online that can aid this if you are a person that finds it hard to relax. Do not feel that you need to relax in any particular way, if curling up in bed with a hot water bottle and a cup of tea is your idea of peace then that’s great. Emails, messages, phone calls and errands can wait, treat this part of your day as if these daily tasks do not exist and only you and your happiness matters.
Cutting Out Excess Caffeine
I am a massive coffee lover, everything from double espressos to iced coffees. A busy day can make you feel exhausted and sluggish and it may be all too tempting to have a coffee every few hours to perk you up although it certainly does more harm than good. Excess caffeine can cause a rise in anxiety which will heighten feelings of stress. Drinking less coffee earlier in the day will help you become less anxious, substituting with herbal teas and decaffeinated coffee is also very beneficial.
The Inner Artist
If life seems too loud then a great stress output can be to draw or paint pictures illustrating how you feel, making your creativity a valuable weapon against worry and stress. You don’t need to be an excellent illustrator or an outstanding painter, all that matters is your ability to create! This coping strategy may even become a hobby as you may realise that you enjoy exploring your artistic side. Apart from paper and paints, there is also books that are specially made to help you release stress by colouring complex designs and letting you become completely absorbed in your colouring. if you find it difficult to express your stress by drawing alone, these colouring books are a wonderful idea.
If you are a pet owner then you know that they can make you feel so much better. Giving your pet a cuddle and spending some some with them can help reduce your stress levels dramatically. Taking your dog for a walk gives you valuable exercise which is also extremely helpful to your well-being. Strengthening that bond between you and your pet will never fail to help you see the little joys in your life.
Return to Nature
When experiencing a lot of stress, I feel one of the most helpful coping mechanisms is to go for a walk in a wood or by the sea or into the countryside, being around nature and the beautiful colours and scenery it has to offer will remind you of the peace and serenity in life and to take things at your own pace. It will remind us that your life is precious and needs to be cared for and loved. If life becomes more of a negative experience than a positive one then it’s time to take a step back and love yourself for the unique person that you are and believe that you deserve happiness and time to yourself.