We’ve just been through an extremely stressful few months (and it looks like it may continue for a while). I’m sure most people can relate. I’m terrible when it comes to managing stress. I became burned out, overwhelmed, and emotional. I had pretty much no motivation to do anything, which is also why it’s been so long since I’ve posted anything here. I’ve been working to make changes in my life to help manage stress. Here are a few things that have helped.
1. Simplify my life
I’ve been spending a lot of time at home. Less distractions have given me more free time. I’ve spent lots of time watching Netflix. But I’ve also been working on creative projects. Being productive helps me feel better. It’s also given me more opportunities for much-needed quiet time (since I’m living with a stir-crazy extrovert).
2. Limit social media
I like to stay on top of what’s going on in the world but I found that I was getting overwhelmed with negative news. Now I only check the news once a day and limit my time on social media. I’ll also connect with friends and close family when I need a positive boost.
3. Take time for passions
I have a big list of creative projects I want to work on. Having more free time has given me the chance to start on a few of them. It’s been so much fun and has brought some extra joy into my life.
4. Take care of myself
I’ve been trying to take better care of myself. I’ve been working on getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, eating healthy, and cutting out processed foods. I’ve also been trying to go for more walks outside in the fresh air and sunshine, and working out 2-3 times a week. These small steps have helped me feel a lot better. I’m also taking time to recharge as I need.
5. Create a quiet oasis
My room is my escape but it was getting a bit cluttered and busy. So I removed all the clutter, did a deep clean, and organized whatever was left 🙂 I also added some greenery. It’s become the perfect little oasis to recharge and relax. There is a sense of peace as soon as I walk in.
These are a few things that have helped me. How have you been coping? Anything that has helped you over the last few months?