Stress management is definitely a hot topic this year.
The holiday season is here! While this can be an exciting time, this year overall has been very stressful. People have lost their jobs, ended marriages, had financial strain, and so much more. Some have obviously been luckier than others. I’ve seen a lot of people helping others that have stumbled on hard times and generally being good people.
However, we need to make sure that we are able to handle our stress, especially as this busy time of year hits. I know I am definitely taking a much slower holiday season compared to previous years. It’s helpful not working in retail this year! However, I know other people are working full time jobs, are parents, etc. and still have a ton going on.
Find a workout that works for you.
There are so many different types of workouts you can try. From yoga to walking, to weight lifting classes. Typically they’re from 30 to 60 minutes, so they don’t take up too much time. Bonus, they are typically super affordable subscriptions. You can check out Obe Fitness or Beachbody if you want more long term programs. You can also look on Youtube, join the Peloton app, and Class Pass is now offering online classes.
Watch a movie.
Y’all, I’m a complete sucker for holiday movies, but if they’re not your jam put on your favorite movie to destress. Bonus: paint your nails and you have plenty of drying time!
Leave work at work.
This one is hard, especially if you’re an elementary school teacher. Leave your work at work so that you have actual time to destress. I recently started splitting up more of the work with my teammates so that hopefully we are all a little less stressed.
Keep a schedule.
If you take nothing else from this, this is my number 1 key to stress management and anxiety relief. I legitimately keep the same schedule every night of the week. I’m typically in bed no later than 9. That doesn’t mean I’m asleep by then. I also wake up around the same time (around 6 a.m.). Lately, I’ve been waking up at 3 and 4 a.m. (I do not recommend this). I try to eat at the same time each day, etc. Honestly, one major key I have found for anxiety is keeping my schedule the same for predictability.
Okay, yes I know I need to heed my own advice on this one. School work? Organized. Life? Not always. I have been doing a good job of cleaning one day a week and picking things up periodically. I have hard of the 5 minute rule, and it’s been a bit of a game changer. Give yourself 5 minutes before bed, set a timer, and clean or organize something until the 5 minutes is up.
How are you feeling right now? Which tip would you use?