Are you dealing with stress on a regular basis?
Do you have a lot on your plate and you have no idea how you’re going to manage to get everything done?
Would you like to be able to let go of stress and finally relax?
Today, women have a lot on their To Do List. We find ourselves juggling home, work, family, and friends. Notice our own needs aren’t on that list.
We handle everything from making sure little Suzy makes it to soccer practice to finalizing the budget report that needs to make it on the boss’s desk by Thursday.
There’s a PTA meeting, a bake sale, and aren’t you in charge of carpool this week?
It’s enough to make you call a time out while you hide deep within your blanket fort. But who has time for that?
Oh, and don’t forget, Fido needs to be dropped off at the groomers. Is your head spinning yet?
We live in a fast-paced world full of obligations, deadlines, and mixed in there somewhere…our own dreams.
We’re crazy busy.
During these manic and stressed out times, it’s easy to forget to take a few moments for ourselves, and just… (deep breath)… relax.
Relaxing and unwinding are critical for our health and happiness. They allow us to feel invigorated and productive, and also help us to better take care of the 15 balls we are juggling in the air at the same time.
Even though a trip to the spa for a weekend of pampering would be an ahhhhhh-mazing way to destress, it isn’t always realistic. (Okay, it’s hardly ever realistic.)
However, this list of 8 proven ways busy women get rid of stress will have you unwinding while staying on top of your schedule in no time.
8 Simple Ways Busy Women Get Rid of Stress
1. 60 Second Breath!
60 seconds, that’s all the time you need to reset your stress-o-meter. Stuck in traffic? Don’t take this time to wrap up a meeting with a co-worker who is late on her deadline… again. Take this time to rest.
I’m sure you can find just 60-seconds throughout your day, somewhere. And when you do, take your hand and place it over your belly. Allow yourself to feel it go in and out. Now breathe in through your nose, hold your breath for 3 counts, and then slowly breathe out through your mouth. Continue this sequence for a full minute. Ahhhh… better already!
2. Have A Cup of Tea
The next time you feel your blood start to boil over a disagreement with your spouse or a misunderstanding with your mom… reach for your teakettle.
A warm cup of green tea will help to calm your bubbling nerves. As you sip your tea release the thoughts from the previous conversation, as they are in the past, and focus on the warm tea as it fills your belly.
Green tea is also full of L-Theanine, which helps reduce the feeling of anger, a primary contributor to stress.
3. Cold Water Time Out
Feeling anxious and stressed out, relief may be no further away than the faucet.
When you feel a spike in your stress or anxiety levels, take a few moments to dab cool water on each of your wrists and behind your ears.
This might sound silly, but these locations house major arteries within your body. Dropping cold water on these locations will help mellow out the entire body.
This gives you much-needed relief quickly, so you can continue conquering your day.
4. Fun In The Sun
Take a few moments over your lunch break to walk outside.
You don’t have to break a sweat to enjoy the amazing results of connecting with nature! Spending even 10 minutes outside provides your body with a quick dose of Vitamin D and fresh air.
Did you know that sunlight deprivation can cause a condition known as SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder? When we are inside the majority of the time we only receive 150 – 600 lux (used to measure energy). However, being outside can provide us 100,000 lux! As you can see, a little bit of time in nature can go a long way to reduce stress.
5. Write It Out
Carry a small notebook with you in your purse, car, or bag.
When you feel frustration or stress creeping up on you, take out your notebook and write it out. Be honest and don’t hold back. No one will read this but you.
Allow yourself about 3 minutes to really get it out, then fold the page in half and put your notebook away.
Writing out your frustration allows you to release the negative feelings and folding the paper in half reminds you that those feelings are in the past.
Now that that’s over, take a deep breath, put a smile on your face, and get back to all the amazing things still ahead of you today!
6. Create A Happiness Playlist
Music has this amazing way of moving us. It takes us back to events that move our hearts and make our souls sing along.
That’s why it’s important to have your very own Happiness Playlist. When you hear a song that makes you feel energized, happy, hopeful, or even just bouncy, simply add it to your playlist!
Fill this list with all kinds of music that makes you feel good. When you’re feeling a bit frazzled or tense, listen to your Happiness Playlist and allow yourself to zone into the music for 5 minutes. You can even get lost in the music while you’re checking things off your To Do List.
Who doesn’t love completing a project while singing along to, “Walking on Sunshine”?
7. Use Essential Oils
Scent is an amazing thing. A smell alone has the ability to transport us to another place and time.
Perhaps chocolate chip cookies remind you of winter afternoons at your Nana’s house. The second you smell chocolate chip cookies, boom! You’re right back in her kitchen.
Essential oils work the same way. Some essential oil scents trigger relaxation responses within the body. Some of these scents include sandalwood, lavender, and tea tree.
Go to a health food store and sample different essential oils until you find one that helps you feel more relaxed.
Essential oils can be added to water and then diffused throughout your home. You can also put a few drops in a hot bath, or even carry a bottle with you for relaxation while you are on the go.
8. Cuddle Up With A Furry Friend
Long day at work? Get in another fight with your sister? Relaxation may be no further away than your four-legged family members.
Cuddling with your cat or dog releases chemicals within your body that help you relax and become happier. Animals have an amazing way of boosting self-confidence and calming frayed nerves.
So cuddle with Fluffy for a few minutes before rushing out the door to the next item on your checklist.
Looking for more on dealing with life and how to persevere? Take a look at this article on Persistence: How to Keep Going When All You Want to do is Stop with Jeff Spencer.
Stress can cause havoc in your life causing you to miss out on some amazing things.
Relaxation is attainable, worth it, and doesn’t take much time at all – even if you’re a busy woman. So, choose some of the relaxation techniques mentioned above and use them throughout your day to stress less and enjoy life more!