The bad thing about negative stress is that the buck stops with your body. Your healthy habits,such as exercise programs and nutritious meals,are usually the first to suffer when you are struggling to cope with a heavy workload. When you are always over-commiting,juggling more and more balls,your body finally says ” Enough, I can’t handle this anymore. “
Embrace the current season of your life – Gabrielle Blair
Brian Dyson says, ” Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls…work,family,health,friends,and spirit. Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it,it will bounce back.But the other four balls are made of glass. If you drop one of these,they will never be the same.” When that happens,the balls all come crashing down and you end up with disease(stress) which is only one step away from disease.
One of the most valuable skills you can develop is the ability to ask yourself really good questions. Often simple questions provide the greatest insight. Ask yourself:
What specifically am I stressed about?
What is the root cause of the stress?
What can I do right away to alleviate the situation?
Who or What can help me?
Hie can I prevent this from happening?
What resources can I use to learn more?
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind – Dr Suess
Another way to de-stress and improve balance is to adopt the traditional day of ret. Whatever happened to the one-day-off-a-week habit? Remember when stores were closed on Sunday and families had fun together? Now the pressure is constant. We even have a name for it 24/7 .Instead of having a day to breathe and recoup,the weekend pace has women running in empty before the new week even begins. Although it is a different type of busyness,the weekend often leaves us feeling depleted and resentful about going back to work on Monday.
It’s easy to get caught up in the hectic activity of daily living and lose sight of what you truly value. Unless you schedule this day off,it won’t happen. Get away if you can. Don’t let your mind burden you with worry,guilt,or thoughts of work. Learn how to slow down and have fun. Give yourself permission to take this. It’s a gift. You deserve it. All the other stuff can wait. Perhaps its not really important anyway.
Once you start doing this,you will be amazed at how well you can manage. This day off will go a long way toward restoring relationships, bringing family members together, encouraging recreation and regaining your balance. It is one of the most important things you an do to help you de-stress and regain balance.
Go on,have fun. Meet together for lunch,have a glorious picnic in beautiful surroundings or go on a hike. No guilt allowed! The truth is that your kids will be happier when you are happier. Taking a day off not only rejuvenate you and preserve your balance,it will replenish your nurturing reserves because you have taken the time to nurture yourself.
Creative ideas often originate during down time.
Keeping yourself healthy,nourished and rested is a huge benefit,even if you are neglecting other areas of self-care. Know your physical limits. The beyond a exhaustion point is too Kate. Avoid the lame excuses: “But I don’t know how to relax,” or “I can’t relax with so much to do.”
Taking enough time is a learned behavior. It involves discipline and practices. The busy stuff of life will always be there. You must learn to hit the stop bottom each week and every week.
There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind – C.S.Lewis