Getting it all done is easy, right?
I don’t think so!
We lead busy lives, there is
no way around it.
Emails clog our inbox's, the bills need paying, our washing, ironing, shopping, business meetings, school meetings, caring for pets, caring for aging parents, being asked to volunteer for “this and that”, caring for children, doing repairs around our house.
It can be exhausting! That is just our everyday list of things to do.
Most of us already know that we need to eat right and get sleep to function well in our day.
It is when we have that extra task or unexpected event on top of everything else we need to do,
that can tip us over our already busy lives. We can find we get even more exhausted and feel
unable to get it all done.
It is when we have our to-do list overflowing with commitments,
that we need to care for ourselves even more than usual.
We tend to feel more stressed. So we might skimp on meals or miss them completely. We might stay up later to get it all done.
We might miss our exercise class, justify not walking our dog that day, buying fast-food and so on.
It is even more critical to pay attention to what we are doing to keep us fueled and recharged to keep going. We can still buy ready-made food. But perhaps buy freshly-made salads or cooked veggies, quality low-fat protein, instead of high calorie and sugar-laden soft drink and fast-foods?
I am not saying that the occasional burger, cola and fries is on the “no-go” list.
It is fine in moderation and in a balanced diet.
When you are stressed, and under extra pressure, it is even more important to put good fuel into your body. Foods filled with nutrients and vitamins that the
body can readily use, is the main point to consider here.
It can be easy to grab more energy drinks and consume more caffeine (such as coffee) to keep going.
But the caffeine can have unwanted side effects on your nervous system as well. Coffee is also dehydrating, so include a glass of water alongside your coffee to keep you hydrated.
Water should be included regardless, in your day, every day.
Listen to your body and get some extra rest if you need it.
Our sleep quantity can sometimes be deprived at the expense of getting it all done.
Unfortunately that can affect how we function in our waking hours as well.
Sleep restores our physical and emotional body. It is designed to help restore you to good health.
During times of extra stress we can find that we don’t get the quality of sleep needed either.
When we are physically ill or in pain it can be difficult to get the required sleep.
Medical assistance can help here if needed.
We need to remember ways that work for us that help rejuvenate and restore our mind and body.
There are many ways for us to take even better care
of ourselves when under stress.
Here are a few ways that can be used quickly and relatively easily.
You will benefit when you recognise when you are under extra pressure and stress.
Decide to do something about it, and care more for yourself.
Just talking about the amount of things you need to do,and the stress you are under, will not make the stress go away.
So remind yourself that you are worth looking after, and give yourself extra care
during times of extra stress. You likely support other people and family members
in your life to cope. Now it is time for you to support yourself. Then you have the best opportunity of experiencing optimum health and vitality.
You can keep going and get through your list of things to do much more easily
when you take even better care of yourself.
“When the going gets tough, take even better care of yourself”. (By Lynda Kaplan)
We are not superheroes but human beings.
Sometimes we might feel that we are just human Doings.
Taking extra care of yourself in times of high stress, helps you be the best
you can be then, and in your everyday life.
That has to be the best thing for you and your health and wellbeing!
So next time when someone says goodbye to you, and says, “Take Care!”
you will be able to say to them, “Yes, Extra-special care, will do!”
Author, Loving Me
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