Updated: Apr 24
"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it!" – Sydney J. Harris
When was the last time you really switched off and relaxed?
April is Stress Awareness Month and now more than ever I think it is so important to talk and to reach out for support if we are feeling stressed and unable to cope.
I know that can feel easier said than done, we live in a society where it is the norm to just 'get on with it'! Or sometimes we can feel there's something wrong with us if we feel under pressure and stressed but when you look at the world we live in we're working longer hours, doing more work in that time than ever before and there is so much more pressure on us so it's no wonder people are feeling more stressed.
If you look at just the last 12 months, the people I work with and in my businesses everything has changed! All meetings have gone from face to face to online, working from an office has gone to working at home, some people's businesses have had to completely change the model they were working on pre covid and then on top of that people have either been busier than ever which brings its own stresses or they have had their business ripped from under them and have had to find alternative income streams if that's even been possible! When you look back at the last 12 months from that perspective please give yourself a HUGE pat on the back, it's been extremely challenging but you have done it.
I recently came across the Stress Management Society website and they have a fantastic 30 day challenge on there. The link to the challenge tips is https://www.stress.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/30-Day-Challenge-Hints-Links-and-Tips-Physical-Mental-Emotional-1.pdf
They suggest that you choose one action for each of the sections (Physical, emotional and mental) and do it each day for 30 days.
Some of the tips mentioned can really help, for instance having a digital detox.
When was the last time you had a day away from your phone?
You might have spent it reading, gardening or doing something that you love doing without having the constant notifications that come with your phone? Or if you have to have your phone with you have you ever turned off all notifications and just had a day off?
Another one I really like is to write a gratitude letter, or start a gratitude journal.
By setting yourself a challenge to write about 5 things you are grateful for at the beginning of each day it puts you in a good mood before your actual day has started so you start the day on a positive note.
It doesn't have to be earth shattering it could be that the sun is shining and it's made you smile or someone smiled at you the previous day and it cheered your day up so you're grateful to them for smiling at you (you might not realise when you walk past someone and smile how much of a positive effect you have on them especially at the moment when you might be the only person that person sees that day)
When was the last time you sat and wrote your goals out and focused on what yo