If you’re anything like me, you have a very bad habit of allowing the everyday events of life to completely engulf you. The responsibilities of home, of the job and even your social and civic circles can be mind boggling. I mean, when you start adding, “Check off items on my ‘To Do’ list” to your actual ‘To Do’ list, it’s time for an intervention.
But where do you start? For me, spring represents a time for renewal and restoration. So why not start with your own perspective?
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that keeping stress at bay isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible. But, here’s the catch: You’ve got to be willing to admit to yourself that you’re worth it. Here are three simple ideas I have to help you get started:
- Buy something you don’t need, but absolutely, positively want –At the risk of sounding selfish … sometimes, it is all about you and there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself on occasion. It doesn’t matter what it is. If you want it, go get it. For some, it may mean the difference between eating an ice cream cone and purchasing a new car. I fall in the middle of that range, having recently purchased these little beauties from Tiffany & Co just because I wanted them.
- Take a “daycation” –Everybody deserves a chance to unwind and you’re no exception. Even God rested on the seventh day, so cut yourself some slack. Letting go is tough, I know. Whatever you may be concerned or anxious about – bills, meetings, kids’ events, errands – will all be there tomorrow. So, for your peace of mind, take a moment and just exhale.
- Walk it out – Maybe you’re overcommitted and taking that day for yourself doesn’t make sense right now. Perhaps your budget won’t allow you to buy that thing you really want. But, never fear, a nice long walk will do wonders for clearing the cobwebs. A while back, when I worked from home, I would routinely take little strolls around my house. I’m sure my neighbors thought I was off my rocker, but I didn’t care. That small change of scenery never failed and I always stepped back to my desk feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever was waiting for me.
Do you have any secrets for de-stressing? Let me know in the comments.
Love U! It’s not just a declaration. It’s a call to action. XoXo -Quin