It’s exciting, it’s terrifying, and it’s inevitable. We will all face many changes throughout the course of our lives.
It’s easy to feel weighed down when going through stressful transitions. Our to-do lists continually grow despite our best efforts to cross each item off, and our bodies have less recovery time from the constant focus and movement.
What tends to happen is that we become scattered and the quality of our sleep deteriorates. Our posture is compromised as gravity slowly but surely wins the battle against our fatigued body. Consequently, we experience headaches and back pain. And so the vicious cycle has begun.
Whatever you do now, don’t give up. There are some simple steps each of us can take so we can cope and thrive. Remember what lies at the end of that tunnel?
1. Refocus your breath. Take 3-5 mins at least at the start of each day to connect to your breath. Fill your lungs entirely and exhale the stale air. When your mind wanders, simply refocus your breath.
2. Drink more water. Seriously. When we are dehydrated our bodies do not function properly. So keep that bottle close by at all times. If you’re frustrated with the frequent trips to the bathroom, keep in mind that great ideas are born atop the porcelain throne.
3. Get regular bodywork such as Massage Therapy, Chiropractic Care, or Physiotherapy. Not only will you be able to correct postural imbalances before they become chronic problems, your entire body will benefit from the increased blood flow and the release of the happy hormones, all while decreasing stress levels. Win-win.
4. Exercise for at LEAST 20min/day. Hiking, yoga, the gym, any sort of physical activity will be beneficial to your overall well-being.
5. Talk to your Naturopath or Nutritionist to discuss simple dietary changes and supplements to support your system in combating the elevated stress levels. Food plays an incredibly important role in how our body functions and processes these stresses. Eat this good food and graze frequently throughout the day. Fuel for your body and brain. ‘Nuff said.
6. Write out your to-do list. Carry it everywhere and be religious about updating it. Give your brain a break.
7. Have a good support network. Thoughts given voice will provide great clarity. And there ain’t nothing like a good old fashioned whine/bitch fest.
8. Practice gratitude. Take a moment to notice what you have going on. I’d bet there’s more than you’re aware of. It’s so easy to get bogged down with what’s not working. Take time to recognize what is.
I am no stranger to elevated stress and major change, and in all honesty, I fall apart when I don’t take my own advice. We will never escape change, but these are some of the ways we can ease the transition.