This week was a very busy week for me in work and outside work. When I find myself “busy” after work or there is too much going on I tend to get stressed out. Busy during the day in work I expect however evenings after work are usually my time to relax, exercise, read, write, meet a friend, generally do things that are easy and convenient. The one thing all these things have in common is they all help me unwind and make me feel good.
What is “stressed out” for me? My patience wears thin very fast, I snap more, and I tend to be more irritable than normal…. lucky George! Lol! I’m normally a person who has her set routine Monday to Thursday, Friday to Sunday are open. I like to read when I come home with a cup of tea, then I would write a blog and off to yoga for 7:30pm after that. When I get home from yoga I take bath, read and go to bed. Honestly that is Monday to Thursday for me. Sometimes if I am in the zone with writing or reading I will go for longer and skip yoga but go for a walk along the beach instead. My evenings set me up for the next day in work. I like going to work feeling rested and fresh the next day.
This week I had very little time for myself all week. I was going here there and everywhere. Before this week came I had a feeling my evening routine would be a wipe out. There was no time for yoga or any exercise this week. Knowing myself I hate missing my exercise in the evenings. This is one of the major causes of me stressing out. I’m not stressing out because I’m missing my exercise, but I’m stressed out because I haven’t exercised. Yoga, walking, biking, climbing, all these activities I do because I love them and how they make me feel. I could have the worst day ever in work but once I go exercise that evening, the stress melts away. Combine that with resting and a warm bath and I am golden. This is the Theresa we want to meet, chill and relaxed😉
So how can I avoid sacrificing my evening routine in the future, so I can avoid missing my exercise and rest? In other words, how can I avoid stress in the future?
One major thing both myself and George have been working on over the past few years is to be a little bit more selfish. What I mean is to not give too much of our time away to other people. What ends up happening when we promise to do this and that for others we eat into time that would be our time to read, exercise, rest or play. Let me rephrase, learn to say “NO”. You don’t have to meet all your friends or go to every event, party or social gathering. I mean if you want to and that is your thing well then that’s all good. Don’t be a slave to it. There are things on my to do list (which I write at the beginning of each month) that I want to get done and saying yes to all these outside distractions would leave me achieving nothing by the end of the month.
Another great tool I use is my Bullet Journal (any other scheduling tool will help) to help schedule each month ahead of time. I mark in the days I plan to exercise, weekend trip we have planned, birthdays, social gathering for that month any known appointments that will be going on that month. This is a great method to ensure you have a great overall view of your monthly calendar and your appointments ahead, so you won’t overbook yourself. This week I knew I had myself a busy week a month in advance because of my journal. Somethings even with planning there are not enough hours in the day. And before you say anything about me getting up earlier, I get up at 5:00am so no to earlier mornings! lol!!
My final suggestion and probably the most important is that during a busy week we all need to get our sleep. Usually I sleep around 7 hours. Lately I have been trying for 8 hours. In the summer I find this hard because I want to stay up because its still so bright outside. In winter I have been known to go to bed at 8:00pm. That’s 9 hours of sleep for me😉 Love bed so much.
If you find yourself still wound up before bed and you feel you cannot sleep because of a stressful day, what I like to do is some deep breathing exercises and meditate for 10 minutes before sleep. I ensure all lights are off and no TV or music are playing. This really helps me relax and lets my body know it’s time for rest.
Now for the hard part to take my own advice in the future! I will work on saying “NO” and get as much beauty sleep as possible.
Please let me know how you schedule rest into a busy week.
How do you deal with stress?
How do you avoid it?
Thanks for reading.