Give Yourself A Break. Yes, you!

It’s no wonder we are all feeling stressed, tired, unmotivated and even just plain melancholy. We’re all trying to cope with a pandemic, social & political unrest, climate change, wildfires and killer bees not to mention the upcoming holidays that may or may not happen. We’re not just facing a single challenge but a pile up of challenges that are just wearing us down in our personal, social and professional lives.

So much of what we are dealing with today is beyond our control and we may be feeling helpless. Instead of focusing on what you can’t change take stock of what you can change. It could be a simple lifestyle change like eating better or perhaps something more challenging like taking an online course to learn a new skill. Whatever it is, start today and watch hope grow.

5 simple ways to help hope grow.

1

Breathe In. Breathe Out.

When feeling stressed we often forget to breathe. Inadvertently holding our breath generates a flight reaction or panic attack. Deep breathing helps by refocusing your thoughts and provides a much needed break from anxiety while pumping more oxygen into your body.

2

Choose Gratitude.

It’s so easy to get caught up in all the negative rhetoric around us. Gratitude has the amazing ability to foster optimism, and we all need more of that right now. Make it your mission to show appreciation for even those little things in life we so often take for granted.

3

Grab More zzzz’s.

A nap can be very productive. Sleep not only helps to perform general maintenance on your body it also helps you relax and boosts your mood. Think of it as recharging your batteries and while you’re snoozing your brain just might deal with that problem that was stressing you out.

4

Start Your Day Unplugged.

Easier said than done. Being constantly bombarded with information adds to our level of stress. Instead of starting your day with your phone, spend some time mentally and emotionally preparing for the day. Connect with the people in your household, take a short walk, do some deep breathing or enjoy your breakfast instead of eating it mindlessly while scrolling your social media. Whatever you do, do it unplugged.

5

Smile Often.

Smile even when no one is looking. The simple act of smiling can actually make you feel happier and who knows, your smile just might be the boost someone else needs to brighten their day.

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller

Keep smiling,