If you follow astrology (I'm not a diehard believer, but it can get pretty freaky), you know that Mercury has been in retrograde. This signals a time of overall stress and misfortune. Whether or not this prediction is the real deal, there's no doubt that February can be a stressful time of the year. Feel guilty letting your New Year's Resolution go 11 months prematurely? You should, but that's not the point here. Sometimes, before we can get back on track, we simply need to take a breather. And no, I'm not talking about creating a relaxation room or purchasing an aromatherapy kit. 98 percent of the time, we're stressed because we have too much on our plates! Ain't nobody got time for relaxation rooms and Scentsy parties today. Check out these quick tips for when you're in a time crunch but are still in need of a quick recharge:
Plan - When it comes to feeling stressed or overworked, lists are your best friend. Planning everything out on paper can be a great tool for reducing stress. I know, you're thinking, "But then I'll see how much I actually have to get done." This is true, but this ensures that you're not going to forget about anything. Plus, the satisfaction of crossing each item off the list (as you do them, of course) is oh so satisfactory.
Organize Your Surroundings - I'm not talking a total redesign of your office. We've already established that you have too much on your plate. However, working in a stressful environment is an unnecessary additive that can multiply your stress levels infinitely. Having to work around random papers or household objects may help you to lose your train of thought. One minute you're thinking about that next blog post and the next you're realizing how badly you need to take out the trash. Very worst case scenario: You actually misplace what you're working on in the mess! Take a few minutes to declutter or clean up. This will both get your mind off of the work at hand (think a healthy, necessary three minute break) and help you to feel productive right off the bat.
Indulge In Free Aromatherapy - Own a perfume or lotion that brings back good memories? Apply it for a little mood boost and aromatherapy therapy treatment sans cost.
Drink Tea (Decaffeinated) - Many teas contain properties that have the ability to naturally de-stress the drinker. According to Women's Health, green tea contains relaxation inducing theanine.
ADDED BONUS: Green tea revs up your metabolism! So, it's not the worst thing in the world if you can't make it to the gym on stressful days. Just drink up and try a few at-home workouts before bed.
Pump Up The Jam - According to ScienceDaily, listening to your favorite music helps to both reduce exertion levels and increase sensation of being "in the zone". Grab your speaks' and put your favorite music at a low/medium volume to keep you focused.