There are times in life when a number of stressful situations can occur all at once.
When this happens on top of home, work and parental pressures you might struggle to feel like you can cope.
This is when it is vital to increase your selfcare.
After a very challenging ten days in September I thought I would share with you my strategies that helped me stay sane, stay well and get through a very difficult time.
Break the week down into days, know that it’s okay to live day to day.
Be patient with yourself and let the “I shoulds” fall away.
If you find your mind wandering off or worrying about everything just bring your attention back to the task or responsibilities just for today.
Book yourself a therapy session to help you de-stress
For me it had to be a silent aromatherapy massage with oils that I love.
Time to switch off, to receive and to relax…no more…no less…just being in that moment.
Use essential oils to reduce stress and anxiety daily
I took my De-Stress roll on everywhere with me and used it a few times throughout the day.
Ylang Ylang supports the parasympathetic nervous system that slows and calms us down.
Bergamot is wonderful for anxiety and lifting a low mood.
Pulse point aroma roll ons can be applied to wrist, temples, behind ears & neck – bascially any pulse point for quick absorption into the skin.
You can also use it by just taking off the lid and inhaling too.
Cancel or reschedule appointments
Give yourself the extra space you need. Reschedule tasks, duties and anything that’s in your diary that is not urgent and can wait until another time.
Do the bare minimum
In order to both process and deal with a stressful situation it’s sometimes easier to just commit to doing the bare necessities:
Eating, sleeping, taking care of yourself, children and loved ones and work commitments that cannot be changed.
Communicate with your workplace
If appropriate let your workplace know what is happening so they can give you support and time off if needed.
If you’re self-employed re-schedule clients / meetings / work commitments where possible.
Ask friends and family for support
It’s so important to find a listening ear.
If you feel you can’t talk to your friends or family then use one of the amazing organisations that provide free support. See details below.
Talking about what you are going through will help you feel better and you never know you may just find a fresh or different perspective that will help you further.
If you find that the stress is becoming too overwhelming, consider seeking professional help from a therapist or counsellor.
Remember, these steps are what helped me and may not be suitable for everyone or every situation.
It’s important to listen to your own instincts and seek professional advice if you’re struggling to cope with stress.
The charity Mind has a long list of helpful contacts, online chats and listening services here.