What can you do to take care of yourself in times of high stress and anxiety?
For today’s article, I’ll share with you seven tips for self-care, especially in times of uncertainty.
Whenever your experience a great amount of stress, your body goes into a stress response of fight-or-flight.
Fight-or-flight is totally appropriate for those moments that you need to act quickly if you’re finding yourself in a dangerous situation.
Over longer time periods, however, your body is not meant to sustain these stress responses.
It’s important that you do something to address chronic or longer-term stress. Otherwise, you’re compromising your immune system, as well as negatively affecting your emotional and mental health.
Here are seven tips that you can do to take care of yourself, especially in times of uncertainty.
1) Sleep. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep. That means going to bed at certain times and establishing a routine and rhythm to your sleep.
2) Rest. Rest isn’t only limited to the nighttime, but also throughout the day. See if you could build in time for naps, or just ways to reboot your mind and body, including taking time for stretching.
3) Movement. Get some movement and exercise for your body! Your body wants to move and not just sit around. If your gym is closed right now, you can do things like jumping jacks at home, or push-ups, or yoga movements.
4) Mindful eating. Be mindful of what you’re eating. There’s a strong linkage between eating sugary foods and fatty foods that increase your stress response. Be mindful of the things that you’re eating to make sure that you’re not adding to the stress.
5) Connect. Social isolation or social distancing doesn’t mean that you can’t connect with your loved ones. Go ahead and pick up the phone. FaceTime or connect with video with your loved ones, your family members and friends. See how they’re doing and check in to see that they’re okay.
6) Be productive. If you are in isolation at home or find yourself wondering what to do with your time, create a list of the things that you’ve been wanting to do. This could include projects like cleaning out that desk, or doing that thing that you’ve been wanting to do for so long but never had the time to do. Start to list out those things. Then, pick one or two of them and just get going. Especially when you’re feeling stressed out, when you feel like you have purpose and you’re doing something (particularly if you’re helping someone else), you get out of that stressful response.
7) Engage in your spiritual practices. This includes things like mindfulness and setting aside time for meditation. Journaling and spiritual reflection are helpful to get your thoughts and feelings on to paper. Reading spiritual books or watching inspirational videos can help you to connect you with your own interior self.
All of these tips are a reminder that in the midst of the stress and anxiety you may be experiencing, you are not alone. You are connected to something bigger than who you are.
These tips also call you to this spiritual truth:
No matter what may be going on around you, you are not powerless.
Do what you can to connect yourself with the center of your being.
When you are centered and grounded, you develop and build your own capacity to rise to any occasion.
Abundant Blessings and Namaste.
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My unique ability is helping people feel excited about life and believe they can claim the driver’s seat of their lives. I do that by helping them figure out what’s really holding them back and fully supporting them in a safe and sacred space.
I’m a spiritual life coach, and I also provide trainings and support for organizations and corporations on the topic of personal leadership.
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