(This was originally sent in my newsletter in 2017. Still applies. Huh.)
I've got A LOT going on right now. You?
It's all good - very good - it's just A LOT.
My time/task/energy management skills are being tested.
And I remembered I wrote a blog post with some people far smarter than me talking about how to manage stress.
(And, irony or coincidence: I'm doing a two-part seminar on stress and sleep for a community college class of first year students. So, ahem, I better practice what I teach!)
Here's a few things from that post, and read the whole post here.
The truth is that there is no actual stress or anxiety in the world; it's your thoughts that create these false beliefs. You can't package stress, touch it, or see it. There are only people engaged in stressful thinking.
-- Wayne Dyer, philosopher, author
What happens when we're willing to feel bad is that, sure enough, we often feel bad - but without the stress of futile avoidance. Emotional discomfort, when accepted, rises, crests, and falls in a series of waves. Each wave washes parts of us away and deposits treasures we never imagined.
-- Martha Beck, life coach, sociologist, author, speaker
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one (more helpful) thought over another.
-- William James, philosopher, psychologist
- Lots of water
- Lots of breaks
- Lots of rest
- Don't compromise on sleep
- Eat healthy food each meal, and avoid the "toos" - too much caffeine, sugar, alcohol, etc.)
- Carve out quiet time each day
- The 3 Breaths practice as often as possible
- Get some movement in daily
- Love (always)
I am welcoming new and returning clients! Would you like to be one? Let's talk soon.
With love and gratitude,