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More superficial than the others yet for me it certainly helps. After I had my surgery and I took some time to accept my new body the way it had to function so differently, I decided to get my nails done regularly. Its not everyones thing but for me if I’m having a moment of self doubt I can look at my nails which makes me smile. I always go for something different and its a bit of time for me and escapism going to get them done very 3 weeks. A little bit of luxury in whatever price bracket you can afford is something we all deserve, least of all when we are feeling stressed and overwhelmed. It can be as simple as affording yourself the time to have a long bath, read that book you have been telling yourself you don’t have the time for or cooking yourself your favourite meal. Give yourself a little love. I have found calming sprays over the counter to be helpful too. They aren’t too pricey and nice and small to carry around with you. They are available for night time to aid you sleeping and times of stress and anxiety.
This isn’t something that comes natural to me and I have to really try hard but it gives me the best feeling and the endorphins I need to get through a stressful day. Having found running again since my ostomy surgery last year it has become part of my weekly routine, getting out for a run 3 times a week. Finding a running buddy was a game changer too. If you fancy it, get asking those around you so you can socialise and get those endorphins. If running isn’t your bag any movement is good movement. Try new things and find what you like. I may be a dance class, a local Park Run, walking or a local boot camp. Have a goal in mind and something to aim for that’s achievable such as trying something new and doing it for a certain amount of time.
I have always believed that a tidy environment helps keep a tidy mind. When I come downstairs in the morning if everything was put in its rightful place and things are ready to get the ball rolling in the morning, straight away I am ready to attack the day. If I left the washing up for example it puts me out of whack and its a chore I don’t need when I’m still half asleep. Now I am not saying this is relevant for everyone but for me it certainly helps when the day has the potential to go down hill if I have had a poor nights sleep. Lists is another tool I swear by. Each week I write lists of tasks for each day and any phone calls I need to make. Each month I have short, medium and long term plans. The teacher in me loves it and the excuse to keep buying new stationary! The sense of accomplishment when I can tick something off is brilliant and seeing it all ticked off at the weekend allows me to enjoy family time and not stress about getting things done. Use this as a sign to go out and buy some pretty stationary and get list making! Mrs Hinch on Instagram has a range of list books that are beautifully made and a joy to use. Get them here.
There are so many ways to elevate stress with lots of apps, books and social media outlets to tap into. If none of the above inspire you, take some time to find what does and build it into your routine.