2021 has definitely started out rough. No one was expecting us to flip the page in the new year and everything would magically change however, it seems like the world around us is on fire and we are watching it all burn. Feeling stressed? Stress is a physical, chemical, or emotional reaction to what’s going on around us. We know that with everything going on lockdowns, a pandemic, political tensions, online schooling, working from home are creating stress for many people. We want to help reduce your stress levels.
Here are some tips that can help:
First, stop right here and take a deep breath in….hold for a count of 3 and then let it all out in one big exhale. Consider the changes you notice in your body. Could some of your heightened emotions, feelings, and stress have been released with that exhale? Have your shoulders lowered, the tension leave your chest, and your jaw unclenched a little more? Scan your body to see what differences you notice.
Next, give yourself or someone close to you a great big hug. Lean into the embrace, let yourself relax into it. Acknowledge how you feel as your own natural oxycontin comes into your body. Encouraging your body to release the stress and burden. Our understanding is we need to have 20 hugs a day for our bodies to feel a consistent release of stress. Can you hug yourself or someone else, 20 times a day to help ease that stress/burden you’re feeling?
Then, create some self-empathy and self-compassion. Being a friend to yourself can be a challenge at times. During times of extreme stress, it is even more important to be your own best friend. Speak to yourself as you would encourage a friend who is struggling. Now take that advice and apply it to yourself. Sometimes the strategies and coping tools we would normally use during this time aren’t necessarily available to us. Furthermore, thinking outside the box and being creative is vital to this process.
Meanwhile a Gentle Reminder:
As Glennon Doyle, author of Untamed, often states: “We can do hard things.” Remind yourself of the times that you have overcome challenges or challenging times. You’ve survived 100% of your days this far. Finally, if you are really struggling, reach out for medical/mental health supports. This is important and we, at Nurturing You Wellness Center, don’t downplay this in any way.
Jenna and Kari offer a free online community of womxn for daily connection, tips/techniques, and encouragement. We offer one on one individual support with wellness coaching: life, nutrition, and spiritual. We offer free consultations, please visit our website to set up your appointment.
Note: We are not Therapists, Registered Counsellors, Psychologists, and or Medical doctors. We offer support groups and services that help complement traditional therapies and medications. At no time are we providing a diagnosis or making medical recommendations. It is always recommended you speak with a Health Care Professional before making any changes.