We’ve all had one of those days (maybe several… just this week) where we feel overwhelmed, stressed and cranky! How do you handle stressful days? Let’s face it, when you are juggling multiples roles, responsibilities and a “to-do” list that is a mile long, it’s difficult to remain calm and steady.
There was a point in my career when I was so out of balance and trying to do everything with 110% effort. Here’s the kicker… it is not possible. You can try and try and try and try, but ultimately you’ll end up with ulcers, anger and plenty of tears.
So let’s get real about what IS possible and realize you don’t have to be Superwoman. There are three things you can do immediately that will have a significant impact on your ability to remain grounded when life get tough.
1. You have to eat foods with high-powered fuel in them. Unfortunately, when we’re stressed, rushed and starving, we end up reaching for high calorie, low nutrient foods. Plan ahead and make sure you have foods that will sustain you for longer periods of time. My favorite suggestions: raw nuts, raw veggies, grilled meats, eggs, cheese, Kashi bars, green drinks, yogurt, and plenty of water.
2. Take some deep breaths. We are such shallow breathers that we do not get enough oxygen to brains… and your brain needs fresh air! Consciously close your eyes and take 15 deep breaths every hour. It will only take a couple of minutes but will make a tremendous difference in your energy and stress level. While you’re breathing, imagine the stress being released from your head, neck, shoulders, arms, lower back, stomach and legs. You are carrying more tension than you realize! Just a few minutes can make a drastic difference. If you’re like me, you’ll need to set a timer at first until you get in the habit of taking breathing breaks.
3. Spend 20 minutes in the sun everyday. If possible, take a short walk during your lunch break. Research continues to show the importance of Vitamin D in our diets, which is seriously lacking for most women. There is no better source than spending some time in the sun. Not only will the fresh air be great for your lungs, the Vitamin D will help your mood and strengthen your immune system.
These three steps will make an amazing difference in your ability to remain centered, feel grounded and handle all of the hats you need to wear in a day. There are times you will encounter difficult clients or frustrating situations at work. Following the three easy steps will empower you to manage awkward and trying moments without sending you over the edge. Ultimately, you’ll have more to give to your employer, your family and yourself.
Until next next week friends,
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