The goal here is to open up space in your day to recharge and reinvigorate your body-mind for a new and rebalanced life.
You need your sleep so that you are mental up to getting out of the house. Medical research has shown that lack of sleep can stress the body more than anything else you do. Make sure to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night for best effect. Stay away from your computer or T.V. before bedtime as it can interfere with your ability to sleep.
Step away from what you are doing and make a cup of herbal tea, then sit and sip it slowly. You have to be able to enjoy your own company before you can enjoy others.
Take a 15-30 minute walk outside in nature and focus on your breathing. Stand and take deep breaths of fresh air and long exhales to expel the stale indoor air from your lungs.
Take 10 minutes each day to sit in meditation. This can be done anywhere you find yourself. Sit with your back upright, hands resting on your thighs close your eyes and let your mind quiet and empty.
Take time to read a good book, volunteer to help a friend, clean out your kitchen cabinets and cook yourself a healthy meal. Take time to be silent and alone with yourself. This is a wonderful time to think about your life, to set goals, to plan and notice what is and what is not working. This awareness allows you to make changes before situations can get out of hand.
Indulge your senses with a monthly body massage. This can go a long way towards releasing stress, worry and anxiety in a short period of time.
Take a yoga class at your local yoga studio to relax, rejuvenate and alleviate the effects of chronic stress in your daily life. Once you know the routine you can practice at home in your personal space.
Light some candles in your bath room, put on some soft music and take a warm bath. Add some muscle relaxing bath salts and a few drops of Lavender oil to calm and relax your mind.
Anxiety comes from fear, in your mind, of the future; one that has not happened and will probably not happen. It is all a product of your imagination and if you can stay focused on what is happening in the present you can reduce this stress.
Writing in a journal will give you awareness on a conscious level of all the changes taking place in your life. At the end of six months go back and look through what has transpired in your day to day life. Write out positive affirmations for you to repeat every day. This positive self-talk will help to counteract the negative things.
Take care of yourself physically and mentally with proper food, rest and exercise. If you don’t maintain your energy then it’s harder to cope and easier to fall into a state of depression.
Author of the book “The Sisterhood of Widows”