My key readers consist of a group of mothers and writers. A portion of you may not fall into that bracket. However, I feel the following may be a substantial relief to all of you.
Stress can come in many forms but, it all feels the same. Stress could spike our blood pressure; make us feel nauseated, fatigued, and sometimes (in a worst case scenario) cause a panic or anxiety attack. From a medical and psychological standpoint, there are many ways you can deal with this.
The following are some tools I’ve learned over the years. Please do not replace these for medical advice. Especially, if you are indeed in crisis. My only intention is to pass on some knowledge that may be of help when you are having a particularly stressful day.
• Turn off all devices. Electronic and otherwise. Minimal noise and distraction will already alleviate about 50% of your stress.
• Find a place that brings you peace & go there. When you feel your blood pressure start to rise is clearly the best time. (This may be harder for my Mommies reading this since you can’t always just “walk away”. In that case, I suggest doing this at your first free moment.)
• Clear your head. This can be difficult but once you know how, you can do it at the drop of a hat.
• Do something you enjoy. With our many jobs/occupations, this can again be difficult. Make a list of activities. It can start with something as simple as listening to music & end with something as complex as painting that spare room. If it relaxes you, do it!
• Give yourself alone time. We all need this at times. Even if we don’t realize it.
The above mentioned tools are just some of many. They’re just the ones that have helped me the most. Being a Mommy and the many skills that requires (nurse, teacher, therapist, organizer, janitor, etc. All Moms know exactly what I mean.) along with a writer and an artist; juggling the three can get quite stressful at times. My main advice to all of you along with these tips is simply to relax. Not to take yourself so seriously all of time.
Now, I just have to nail taking my own advice. 😉