Managing all your stress
Stress is inevitable. It is something that we cannot avoid and something that we actually NEED in order to be successful. Stress is good when it motivates you to accomplish tasks like studying or gives you the motivation to apply to that job you have been wanting. Stress becomes ‘bad” when we experience it for an extended period of time. Stress is a physical response, not just a mental game you have to play. When we are stressed our heart rate increases, blood pressure increases, our eating and sleeping patterns are disrupted, our immune system is not working at its best, and more. All of these effects can have a detrimental impact on your body if you don’t take time to incorporate self-care.
Self-care is literally just taking a few minutes out of your day to do something you enjoy. While we would recommend that you try to relax for AT LEAST 30 minutes a day, we understand that you have busy lives so 5 to 10 minutes at a time may be a more realistic goal to start with.
Here are our favorite ways to incorporate self-care throughout the day.
Stretching is so good for the body. It releases tension and increase stability and mobility if it is done often enough. Especially if you find yourself sitting a lot during the day, stretching is the perfect way to take a break and relax.
We know you have to read for class and that can be less than enjoyable, but taking time to spend a few minutes with a book you enjoy let’s your brain switch gears and overall can just be good for the soul.
Adult coloring stimulates your brain’s motor skills, logic, and creativity. It allows you to focus on coloring instead of the actual stressor in your life and it brings in the nostalgia of childhood, a time of less stress!
Need help managing stress? Schedule a stress consultation with Cherilyn in Owls Care Health Promotion. Give her a call to set up an appointment!