HELLO STRESS MY OLD FRIEND.
If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’re probably aware that I have *a lot* going on right now.
Managing a lot of stuff at our restaurant, running a business, A BABY, keeping the house from burning down.
And I’m a person who thrives on stress.
I find that when I have just a little too much going on, that’s where I’m doing my best work. And that’s ok. Stress can be exciting. Motivating. It can push us beyond what we believe to be our limits.
Stress can help us grow.
But too much stress is 100% not ok. And recently, I got to a point where I stepped into the “not ok” zone.
When things get “not ok,” I take action quickly because I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to be “not ok” with everything going on around me. I’m also hyper-aware of how stress can affect the body and my health, so just simply coping was not going to cut it.
Listen – we all go through seasons of life that bring a lot of stress. And oftentimes, there isn’t really anything we can do about it. But there are things we can do to HANDLE it, and today, I want to share some of the things that have been working well for me lately to handle it.
3 things that are helping me handle a stressful season
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relieves stress and anxiety
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2. Extremely basic self-care.
It’s so funny how when things get tough, we suddenly forget to take care of ourselves? Like what is that? Just making sure I’m eating 3 healthy, PHFF meals, drinking a couple of liters of water, getting in some movement, GOING TO BED EARLY, and making time for human connection (call your mom) every day is doing wonders.
You cannot expect to manage anything in your life if you neglect your body. Period. Everything starts in your body.
3. Morning Pages.
Honestly, I don’t do this every day because my mornings are f*cked (LOL) with an infant, but I do this when I can (doesn’t have to be morning) and it is GAME-CHANGING.
Basically, you just get out a notebook and write for 3 pages. Mine is totally not legible. Doesn’t need to be. Just start dumping everything out. What you’re grateful for, exciting things happening in your life, shitty things happening in your life, what obstacles you’re facing that day, how you’re gonna deal, what you dreamt about last night, what’s for dinner. Whatever.
I am a firm believer that all of life’s problems can be worked out in Morning Pages. Something magical just happens when you start getting it all on paper. You either come to a solution or you get to the end and think eh, this isn’t so bad. I can do this.
So, basic self-care + a writing exercise + a “boost” with ashwagandha (sometimes we need to cheat a little with supplements – nothing wrong with that!)
I hope this post helps anyone who’s goin’ through it right now. WE’VE GOT THIS.
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