There are so many ways to unwind and de-stress; here are 5 of my favourite ways to switch off.
‘Switching off’ is something that has taken me a long time to master.
But by god it’s easy to do when you know how.
Get on the wavelength with me Vegies.
It has been a matter of trying different things to see what works best; I have written about stress before and have maintained everything I said I would- daily (usually twice daily) meditation, regular exercise, eating well, walking twice a day, herbal tea and acupuncture.
These things have been instrumental in ensuring that my mind, body and spirit are rejuvenated and balanced.
There are a few other things I do that I wanted to share with you; completely easy, they take no time and cost nothing to do.
Turn off the ‘push notifications’ on your phone
I turned off my Facebook notifications months ago, as it was a constant source of anxiety for me; knowing that there were people waiting to hear from me would stress me out no end.
I turned off my Instagram notifications the other day, after my brother was watching my phone light up a million miles a minute, and said “Del, that would drive me crazy!”.
So off it went.
I leave email’s on; but only those flagged by Liz as highly important reach me on my mobile- the rest wait until I am back in the office.
This has been amazing. I cannot even tell you that just turning off Instagram has been a blessing in disguise.
Just doing this has already opened up time I forgot I had; and has kept me on a positive wavelength all day.
Say NO to people, things, and situations that don’t serve you and them in the highest good
This is not to say that you need to become a bitch or an arsehole and say no to everyone.
It has taken me a good year to master this- and I am still learning.
I now say no to the many things that come my way; not because I don’t like the person, or the event, but because my time and space is very precious (as is EVERYONE’S!)
If I said yes to everything my life would be a constant party, event, protest, birthday, breakfast, dinner….you get the idea.
I love my friends, and choose them wisely.
I choose friends that uplift, inspire and support me; and allow me to do the same for them.
I don’t have time to hear about how your “mum’s uncles friends brother’s wife is a bitch” because I just don’t care.
What I DO care about is YOU and how you are changing your life for the better.
Struggling with saying no?
Don’t stress, I did as well.
Firstly, do NOT make up a bull-shit excuse.
Lies have short legs.
Secondly, thank them, say no, and let it go.
What is the point in being in a situation that does not serve you or them? How can that possibly bring you closer to the happiness and ease you seek in your life?
Switch off the news, close the paper and get off Huff Post
I have copped some slack for this: I don’t watch the news.
I’m not interested.
Call me ignorant, but whatever.
Knowing about some royal baby is not going to improve my life.
Hearing about death and destruction only adds to my stress.
I choose wisely what I hear and read; I can heal the World in my own way, and being bogged down in news filled with hatred and violence does not get me, nor keep me on the wavelength I need to be on to create my most amazing life.
Prioritise and make lists
Imperative to building the life you want.
Here are my priorities at the moment (in no particular order)
- Walk Charlie twice a day
- Reply to as many emails in 30 minutes as I can
- Sleep for 8 hours
- Exercise 3 times a week minimum
- Spend time with people I love, every single day
Everything else can wait.
Seriously, it can.
I am a big believer in clearing space for the old and bringing in the new.
Like a wardrobe clean-out; I can only buy more clothes when I have more space.
Smile, laugh and BE KIND!
Life is fun, and funny!
Find something to make you smile- play games, run with the dog, smile, smile when you answer the phone, smile at strangers, smile at yourself in the mirror- take a bloody selfie if you are smiling in it!
Laugh at things (not people!) ; jokes, cartoons, movies, books, anything.
Be kind and polite to everyone you meet.
Right then for example, I went and bought a cook book in Myer (you know, the big hardcover ones) and I was talking to the lady at the counter, and lo and behold, she knocked $15 off the price and said I was the nicest customer she’d had all day.
All I did was be kind to her.
Costs nothing Vegies.
Spread that goodness like peanut butter xxx