Are you feeling stress? Yup, we all are...here are 6 of my top stress busting tips for November... in no particular order. Try one or two... let me know how it goes. One simple shift can change everything... I'm here right here with you!
Even 15 minutes out of the house and unplugged can shift your mood. While you are outside...go for a walk, look around to see what wonders the season is bringing. What are the clouds doing? Wave at neighbors. Talk to barking dogs. Smile at bursts of beauty. Move out of your brain and into the world. Nature expands you. Your radiant energy is nourished.
Get your zzzz's
Create space to sleep. I totally get how easy it is to fall asleep on the couch watching TV or scrolling through Instagram or Facebook. Those activates turn me into a zombie's! How about you? So create space to sleep 8-9 hours of nourishing sleep. In addition to a good night's sleep...take a nap. A well rested baby is a happy baby...we never grow out of our need to sleep. Sleep is when we heal, reboot, and replenish our mind, body and spirits.
Play is the antidote to stress! Unplug, shut off work and go play. Our nervous system needs play. If you have ever had a puppy you know how sad they get when they don't get to play. We are no different than puppies. Joy begets Joy... cultivate play. Discover what makes your spirit sparkle.
Gratitude moves us from the worry and fretting, fear and dread and into a world that warms your heart. For a complete guide to the wonders of gratitude, check out this gatherings of articles...The neuroscience of Gratitude and how it affects anxiety and depression. And check out Joshua Becker's a month of Gratitude
Gratitude Defined: The quality of being thankful. Readiness to show appreciation for and to; return kindness to someone
Move your attention from your thoughts to your body. When you are feeling your body, your breath... your brain can relax. By becoming present and breathing long, deep, slow nourishing breaths...you get to rest your weary mind.
"To stay present in everyday life, it helps to be deeply rooted within yourself: otherwise, the mind, which as incredible momentum will drag you along like a wild river. It means to inhabit your body fully. To always have some of your attention in the inner energy filed of your body. To feel the body from within, so to speak. Body awareness keeps you present. It anchors you in the Now". Practicing the Power of Now... Eckhart Tolle
Practice acts of kindness
This can be as simple as waving at a neighbor, to calling a friend. Even pickup up the house so it feels better for your family. Not as a chore but an act of love...we will feel better. When we stop thinking of our own wows...and focus our attention on helping someone else.
A funny thing happens...we feel better. It is the gift of giving.
You are more powerful, resourceful and resilient than you will ever know. If you want an additional boost of inspiration... read the dressmaker of Khair Khana. This book really put in perspective how strong we are...and how lucky we are!! I highly recommend.
And if you need support, reach out. You are not alone, you are surrounded by lots of kindred spirits...and we are all fingering this out one day at a time.
Denise Frakes your life and home coach