Autumn is almost here, and it seems like the end of August through September are extra busy (and stressful) with weddings, end-of-summer vacations that can still somehow be taxing, school starting back up, new routines and fall sports. With all of this activity, how can you even find a moment to breathe?
Despite September coming to an end, the season does not seem to show signs of slowing down as we all fit in our last-minute outdoor activities before that first frost hits. It can be difficult to find time to relax with all this hustle and bustle, even on the weekends.
But, Jennifer Clark from Marketing is here to provide you with five ways you can relieve that stress and create a schedule that fits in some 'me' time:
1. Shut off your phone.
"Even though I don't have children yet, the start of fall means business is busier and my weekends are typically booked with events," Clark says.
Instead of waking up earlier to fit in time to relax, she recommends spending an hour every day away from all technology.
"I become distracted with my phone and computer and have the tendency to just continue working. Stepping away from the computer and all other technology not only helps me de-stress, it helps relax my eyes as well, which is important for eye health."
Instead of getting on and checking Facebook first thing in the morning, get up and go for a walk or run, leading us into tip number two:
2. Do some yoga.
"Really, doing any type of exercise will be beneficial in relieving stress," she says, "but one of the great things about yoga is that it helps you to connect with your body and mind at once." Whatever your exercise of choice is, she says to spend at least 2.5 to 5 hours per week doing it. Exercise reduces stress as well as improves your overall health.
"You'll feel so much better."
Have little ones to take care of? "Incorporate them into your exercise," she says. "Go for a jog with them in the stroller or get a baby carrier and go for a hike."
Consider speaking with a Gatti staff member from the gift shop for one of the ErgoBaby selections in the store, Clark adds.
3. Be creative.
"Dedicate some time each week to being creative," she suggests. "Whether it be reading, writing or drawing, exercise your mind in other ways to take focus off things that may be stressing you out each week. You don't have to be Van Gogh or Stephen King to pick up a pencil and run with your thoughts."
Have little ones? Incorporate creative time with them. Even though you will be sharing your 'me-time' with the kids, you will be instilling positive activity while developing special memories. Share your work with one another when you're done, which will also help keep creative time important to everyone each week.
4. Wake up earlier to eat breakfast.
"Depending on your family structure, this is a great excuse to get up and enjoy the quiet while sipping your coffee before needing to get everyone (or everything) else going. Even just getting up earlier to have a cup of coffee or tea can help relieve the feeling of going non-stop in your day," Clark advises.
In addition, eating breakfast has not only been shown to improve mood, energy and memory, it can also decrease risks of heart disease and diabetes.
5. Create a schedule for the family (and yourself).
"It may be difficult to find that personal time without getting everyone else in the household on task as well. Put together designated time for things like homework where the kids spend time working on it alone and time when you, the parents, review it with them separately."
Encouraging this helps to create skills they will need in the future such as self-sufficiency and team work.
You can use homework hour for yourself, and having a schedule may assist in keeping anxiety at bay.
Do you find this list helpful? What would you add?
Jenn is the Marketing Director at Gatti Pharmacy. Despite not having children, her expertise comes from working three positions and serving on multiple committees. Juggling a busy schedule while incorporating time for herself has been something she has had to master over the last year and a half.
Would you like to be featured on the Gatti blog? E-mail Jenn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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