Stress is my least favorite 6-letter word. It leads to so many other problems, to include all the ones mentioned in the above picture (think higher blood pressure, which most definitely leads to lots of problems). Ugh.
I try my hardest to not stress out, especially about things I can't control. But let's be real. It's not always easy to just go with the flow and let the cards fall where they may.
So as most of you know by now, I am in the midst of wedding planning. This is added on to my business building, both with the health coaching and essential oils, as well as adding Crossfit coach to the list (this is a new one as of last week, but boy, is it so worth it!!). This is also added on to a fiancé in the Navy, who is often gone and/or so busy at work that the majority of the planning and household stuff is left to me (*note that he does SO MUCH for us and our family, so I am in no way complaining; just keeping it real).
So yeah. Stress is part of the mix, as much as I try not to let it be.
I think it's how we handle said stress, however, that really helps us avoid a lot of the problems stress causes. Do you take down time? Do you have some sort of stress relief built into your day? Your week? Your month? Or are you constantly on the go, go, go?
Monday and Tuesday last week were jam packed for me, starting from the minute I got up (at 430 and 4am, respectively). So on Wednesday morning, I slept in. Yes, I had things to do, but I also knew that my body (and my mind) needed the rest. I gave myself permission to have a slow morning before officially starting the day.
Without that down time, without allowing ourselves to slow down every now and again, our bodies and our minds will start to rebel against us. They'll let us know something is wrong and that we've been pushing too hard. That's when *disease* sets in. That's when we get sick. That's when things start to fall apart.
Let me know some of the ways you destress and wind down at the end of your day or week. Is it something you do daily? Are Friday nights your down-time, your time to relax and rejuvenate? Do you have something scheduled on a monthly basis to wind down? Maybe a massage or pedicure with a friend?
I try to do a lot of different things to keep myself focused, but it's often hard to shut my brain down and just "be." I like journaling, especially when I have a lot on my mind. I just let the words flow and often find the answer I've been struggling to find. I also like watching movies with Scott...sometimes he has to force me to do it, but it's nice to shut everything else out and get immersed in a good movie. Going for a swim is also nice and relaxing. I'm so happy to have that luxury in my backyard now.
Let me know your methods. It's always good to have a number of ways to destress, and I'm always interested in learning new ways!
I hope you have a beautiful week! And happy first day of August!! Seriously...we are in August already. Where has this year gone?!
With love and wellness,
PS - the big day is October 8th (this year)...can. not. wait.