Settle for a Slow Down, Once in Awhile

26 Mar

Many of us have very hectic lives with our busy schedules we hold that are full of several meetings, long to-do lists, lack of sleep, and always on the go, but the one thing we lack and overlook is making time for ourselves.  Being selfish for a few minutes or even an hour a day to do something for you is so important for not only your health, but also can influence how you interact with others. 

After working 50 hours this week, attending two MBA courses at our local college, and preparing a meal and program for my organization for 50 people this week, I looked forward to my first massage at a local casino on Friday.  I not the type of person that takes time for myself as I am always on the go, I schedule several activities to complete each day, and enjoy putting others before myself, so this special treat felt weird as I would be doing something for me.  I will say, those 50 minutes of relaxation felt absolutely so nice, I was able to clear my mind from thinking of my task list, take a litter breather from my busy schedule, and I even got the best nice of sleep also.  I was and still am very thankful for that relaxing opportunity to get a massage, but would not have probably gone, if it were not a gift from my boss to show her appreciation for my hard work.   

I know not all of us may have time or money for a massage, but below are some helpful, simple stress-relieving things you can do in your daily life to help reduce your stress and make time for yourself.  It is important, as I am learning, to make be selfish and make time for you, as it can improve your attitude, health, and relationships with others. 

  1. Take a 15 minute walk during your lunch break or between meetings or go to the gym for a quick workout
  2. Drink water and avoid alcohol and caffeine, as both contribute to stress in the grand scheme of the day
  3. Listen to music to help get some aggression out or to help calm yourself down with positive, relaxing music
  4. Communicate with others.  Take a moment to talk to a co-worker or friend on the phone or in person.
  5. Learn to say no.  I think this is easily said that to actually do, but is something I am working on to not overwhelm myself with my schedule.
  6. Take a bath and make time to relax
  7. Stay positive and don’t sweat the small stuff
  8. Eat healthy and stay away from sugary snacks by keeping fruit, veggies, nuts, and high-protein snacks available when you feel hungry.
  9. Take responsibility for your life.  You are in control of your own destiny by deciding what you want and go for it.
  10. Improve your organizational skills.  Stress arises when you feel overwhelmed, thus if you take time to organize your to-do list into manageable pieces and focus on the things that really matter to you

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