These are stressful times.
And I think we’re all feeling it one way or another.
(I originally wrote this post during a specific national crisis, but really, every day is stressful for someone, isn’t it?)
Are you remembering to take care of yourself?
I forget sometimes, so I’m writing this for myself as much as for you.
Organizing for stressful times means planning what you will do for yourself when, not if, those times occur.
Here are my suggestions:
Control What You Can
Worrying is a form of mental clutter. And it’s a waste of time and energy to worry about things we can’t control. If you can do something about it – great! Take action! If nothing else, you can create a calm space in your home by decluttering. We all have different comfort levels, but if you look around and your stuff makes you anxious, it’s time to do something about it.
Create Systems & Routines
Systems make your life easier. It’s nice to have things on autopilot and not have to reinvent the wheel each time a task needs doing. Unless, of course, you are over-organized and your systems are too complicated. Simplify where necessary. Ask for help if you need it!
Get Back on Track
Here are a few of the many things that can derail your otherwise functional routine: illness (physical or mental; temporary or chronic); travel (work or pleasure); and being glued to the TV news for a few days straight during a crisis. A soon as you recover, return, or tear yourself away from the TV (not that TV watching is inherently a bad thing!), focus on getting back on track without beating yourself up.
Schedule Relaxing Activities
During stressful times it’s sometimes hard to think of what will make it better. Why not make a checklist to help you remember your choices? What would you put on your list? Read a good book? Drink a cup of hot tea? Spend time in nature? Play with your kids or pets? Enjoy a hobby? Call a friend? Coloring book? Hot tub? Massage? Yoga? Remember to schedule time for getting things done AND for relaxing.
Be Grateful, and Other Mushy Stuff
Seriously — for a little vacation from what’s NOT working, I find it instantly helpful to focus on what IS working. Make a list of things you are grateful for. Read the notes in your Gratitude Box. Help someone else. Volunteer. Pray. Remember to always believe in yourself.
Focus on Your Health
And yes, of course…during stressful times, as well as in peaceful times, one will always feel better eating healthy foods, getting enough quality sleep, and getting some exercise…you know the drill!
What is your go-to G-rated stress reliever?
Please share in the comments below.
And please — take care of yourself, and I will too!
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