As most of us know, getting “stressed out” doesn’t take much and at one time or another, we’ve experienced it. Stress is a sneaky beast that creeps upon us, usually at the worst possible time. No one wants to live in a constant state of worry, freaking out about deadlines and their never-ending to-do list. Sometimes the best thing to do is push it all away and take a break.
People seem to underestimate just how important their mental health and happiness really is. Everyone has obligations but all too often we allow these obligations to take over our lives. Obligations shouldn’t rule your life, how to sit back and smile every now and then should be an obligation!
Here is what I propose for all of you stressed-out, overworked people (you know who you are!). Take a day off, just one day (two if you think you can get away with it) for relaxation and enjoyment. For example, I find great pleasure in spending time with nature when I have to reconnect with myself. The simple things like taking a breath of fresh air allows me to de-stress and just *inhale* breathe.
Between the daily fast pace of moving from your house to the car, car to the job-a phone in your ear, a computer at your fingertips…it’s easy to feel like you’re going mad! (I feel like that a lot). Spend some time outside! Take a walk through the woods, visit the beach (even if it’s cold you can still enjoy the view!), or just sit on your porch for a while. There are many things you can do outdoors. Fresh air can work wonders for your stress levels, as long as you allow yourself to enjoy it. While you’re out, try not to think about all the stuff you have to do and take time to truly enjoy the world around you. The earth is our home and it sustains us –just take the time to appreciate it. You’ll feel much better if you do.