Last week I had several kids who had to stay home sick and that put me behind on a lot of the things I had originally planned on accomplishing.  Which causes me to get stressed and overwhelmed.

Unfortunately, when that happens I am the type that shuts down, which isn’t good for anyone.  I have found a few tricks however that have helped me quite a bit.  As I was trying to get in the right mindset and decide what I should share with you this week I actually did a few of these exercises and I decided you needed to know about them too. 😀  I have a feeling I am not the only one that could benefit from them.

Steps I take to de-stress and refocus.

  1. Put on some music that is soothing and relaxing to me.
  2. Close my eyes and visualize calming things, like a crystal clear mountain lake or Jenny Lakewaves slowly lapping up on a beach, or maybe laying down in a meadow with beautiful wild flowers.
  3. Smell some essential oils.  For me calming oils are citrus scents and geranium (mostly because that one reminds me of my grandma).  If you don’t know where to start lavender or ylang-ylang are popular choices.
  4. Take a bath or do something tedious that gets my mind off of things (in the summer it is pulling weeds in the garden and the winter months it is organizing a closet or something similar to a ‘junk’ drawer.
  5. One of my favorites is sitting in a quiet room and slowly savoring a nice piece of salted dark chocolate.  I mean really enjoying and taking my time in the whole process and being mindful of only it while I am eating it.
  6. If I don’t have time to do some of these things or all of these things I have also found it helpful to do the eight-count breath method.  Breathe in as you silently count to eight.  Hold your breath for a few heart beats (you don’t want it to be uncomfortable but relaxing).  Then slowly exhale as you count to eight and repeat as many times as you need to get re-centered and refreshed.  Sometimes I close my eyes during this process to really focus on my breath.

Hopefully, you can benefit from one or all of these practices to mentally readjust and gather your thoughts so that you can work through those things that are causing you anxiety.

Wishing you a relaxed and refreshed day!