We are living in uncertain times with things changing rapidly. This turmoil over COVID-19 can take its toll on our mental and physical health. We must do all we can to survive and thrive during these troubling times, especially for our loved ones.
Involve your children and teens. They need these same stress busters. And all of us can practice patience and to expect that children and teens may act out. We’re all being challenged to cope. Let’s take extra time to allow in more ease and ways to practice self-care while practicing social distancing. April also happens to be stress awareness month.
It’s also important to know that stress and anxiety can quickly escalate and affect us in negative ways. When we’re in stress-mode, we’re not thinking clearly and may not act our best. As you may know, stress and anxiety is harmful to our immune system, too. The opposite is also true; if we take time to be still and meditate, focus on our heart, the studies show our immunity builds.
Check out my best ways for practicing self-care during this difficult time. Since National Stress Awareness Month is in April, here are 7 great tips from my new book Inner Power NOW to help you and your family thrive. Are you ready to release stress and worry?
When you take time for calm, you’ll be more available for yourself and your family. It’s that airplane warning to put the oxygen mask on yourself first and then your child. Please enjoy my favorite 7 Stress Busting Tips for you and your family.
1. Breathe slowly and deeply.
Before reacting to the next stressful thing, take three deep breaths and release them slowly. If you have a few minutes, try out a relaxation technique such as a brief meditation or guided imagery.
2. Get outside for a break
Feel the healing power of fresh air. Feel the vibration of being alive and the beauty of nature or the bustle of city life. Don’t be deterred by foul weather or a full schedule. Even five minutes outside can be rejuvenating.
3. Move your body
We all know exercise can provide an outlet for frustration. Even a quick burst of exercise can help. These may include a quick run up several flights of stairs, doing gentle stretching, or dancing to a favorite tune.
4. Include a joy booster
Plan something rewarding for the end of your stressful day. Enjoy a relaxing bath or read a good book. Turn off your screens and cell phone 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. Avoid thinking of your to do list for tomorrow. Let yourself fully relax.
5. Give yourself a good laugh
Laughing helps you feel better in a matter of minutes. It boosts endorphins and other feel-good hormones. It can also put things in perspective. It’s hard to feel fear or anger when we’re laughing.
6. Count your blessings.
Gratitude is a great way to raise your energy and open your heart. Think of three good things, even if this day has been full of stress or disappointments. Close your eyes and focus on your heart when you think of three good things. Make sure you also write them down.
7. Love yourself more!
This is the best medicine. Do the things that make you happy and add more joy. This is a great way to take care of your needs and reduce stress long-term. Sometimes we become more stressed when we forget about self-care. Spread Loving Kindness to yourself first and then to others.
Wishing you and your family the best!
Vicki Atlas Israel is the Author of #1 Amazon Bestseller “Inner Power NOW.” Order the book at InnerPowerMindset.com. Contact Vicki if you’re interested in having her coaching to Master your Mindset. As a Mindset Coach and Certified Guided Imagery Specialist, Vicki’s purpose is to bring more love, joy, and healing to children and families. You can connect with her on Facebook or email her at Vicki@InnerPowerMindset.com