Who all here has some stress in their lives? **Raises Hand**
The last few months I’ve truly felt this sometimes overwhelming feeling of being stressed and just not knowing WHAT to do with those feelings. There have been many nights where I find myself pacing the house to just get out the jitters that built up throughout the day. Instead of living in that moment of stress I’ve been trying a few different things to help walk through it and better myself from it.
Take a few minutes and try a few different stretches.
Getting moving will help your mind to refocus on the task at hand vs the to-do list piling up in your brain. I try to stretch in my bed every morning before I get out of it as well as every night before I fall asleep – it doesn’t happen all the time, but it’s definitely on my mind! I’ve round walking through a laid out routine will help me to walk through a few stretches to just relax. ((Feel free to check out this pinterest board for some good ideas!))
I know so many people are on the EO train, but y’all they really did change so much of my day to day life! I was super skeptical and didn’t think that they would actually work the way everyone said they did, but my gosh they did! Here are some of my favorite: Anxiety Ease, Balance, Worry Less, Uplift, Bergamot Mint, Ylang Ylang, etc and I also LOVE this diffusor!! ((PS there are SO SO SO many good essential oils for anxiety, stress, depression! You can see some of the resources I use for my essential oils (like books, and favorite oils) back on this old post!
Practice Self Care
If you’re anything like me in the business of our day-to-day lives I find myself pouring into other people and activities that I’m not pouring into myself. That can lead to burn out and feeling completely overwhelmed which leads me to the fact that taking care of ourselves is SO IMPORTANT! So make some time to do a mask, watch a favorite movie, have a mug of herbal tea, read a book, or even take a bath using these amazing Lavender Magnolia Bath Salts, etc.
Go For A Walk
There is something so calming about getting outside and moving.
You can go on a quiet walk to just absorb what is around you or use that time to listen to an audio book, a podcast, or catch up with a friend. Getting yourself into some fresh air and getting your blood flowing is SO important to help your body process out that stress!
Meditate / Pray
I’m all about spending some time in the quiet and honestly I don’t do it as often as I should.
Carve out some time, turn on some nice white noise (or no noise at all!), and quiet your mind. Spend that time praying, I LOVE doing Lectio Divina during this time and if prayer isn’t your thing then walk through a meditation practice (there are plenty of apps to help with this). If you’ve never heard of Lectio Divina I’m adding a little How-To below so you can just bookmark this page and easily come back to it!
Try Praying the Scriptures using these three steps:
Pick out a portion of scripture (just a few verses is fine) and make some time for quiet. You’ll read the verses three times, listening for a different thing each time.
- As you read the scripture this first time, listen for the word or phrase that leaps out at you. What word or phrase calls to you or sticks in your memory? As you hear the word, gently take it into your heart and silently recite or ponder the word during the silence.
- As you read the text this second time, meditate on the word or phrase that speaks to you. Let it interact with your thoughts, your hopes, your memories. Consider how the word or phrase is touching your life today.
- As you read the text this last time, consider how God is calling you forth into doing or being through this scripture. Allow God to use these words to touch you and shape you in your life today. Before you return to your activities, spend a few more moments in prayer and meditation. If you keep a journal, make some notes about this time apart. When you are finished, go in God’s peace and love.
What are some of your tried & true ways to walk through stressful times in your life?