These 6 Stress Management Tips can help ease the adjustment of the back to school rush and shift out of summer mode into Fall routines.
September often feels like another New Year! Whether it is the back to school rush or the shift to new routines, we can all use some reminders about how to deal with the stress of the adjustments required.
How many of these stress management tips can you incorporate into your routine? Maybe do a little experiment with yourself…track how you feel now at the start of the month by writing in a journal…just a few lines in your calendar will do. Then at the end of the month see what kind of changes have taken place. It can be more informative if you label or categorize your changes under labels like Mind, Body, Emotions and Spirit. This will give you a clear idea of where the effects have been and also on where you may want to focus more for greater relief.
6 Stress Management Tips
1.Give yourself some quiet time to relax/meditate, connect more deeply with feelings of peace, love, beauty. This practice builds energy and allows you to remain focused in the moment. It becomes easier to not be carried off by the stress, multiple demands, old patterns, & expectations.
Daily meditation provides the space to develop the qualities of acceptance, inner peace and surrender. Development of these traits enables you to just let things be what they are instead of exerting futile effort trying to force events or people to be what you would prefer. Try this 9 minute meditation as a start: http://https://karenkallie.com/audio.html
We all have idealistic pictures of things as they “should be”. The external world hardly ever matches inner expectations. We really do know this but inwardly something resists always hoping it can be different. If we learn to truly accept rather than resist we find out that things can often have a funny way of working out and sometimes better than we imagine!
2. Get a massage. Relaxing the body can help the mind find ease. If the cost is an issue, look for people who need their hours to complete their licensing. Often they will offer free massages.
3. Listen to music that relaxes you, makes you happy and picks up your energy while you are driving or doing mundane tasks. Be sure to also spend some time in silence, Give yourself a break from constant input. Be aware of aural hygiene!. There is a lot of stimulation coming at us constantly. We can monitor this and consciously make sure we have more of what feeds our energy rather than depletes it and jangles our nerves.
4. Decide how you can bring more peace and beauty into your life in small ways. Make a list and implement those ideas. Take charge of your everyday environment so that it feeds your senses. Focus on bringing color, texture, aroma into your life. Move things around, change them frequently. As we acclimate, we no longer notice what’s around us. Appreciating beauty is an energizer and a direct channel to the soul!
5. Change small things: the way you drive to work; the side of the bed you get up on; where you have lunch; HOW you have lunch. These changes are small but they help to keep you conscious rather than spending too much time on auto pilot. These small modifications will help to keep you more in the present and aware of the aliveness in each moment instead of slipping into numbness.
6. Make it a priority to involve yourself in and enjoy all of your moments. Being present is a gift you can give to your SELF! (For tips and benefits on Being Present see the previous post.)