Stress large dosages can be quite frustrating. Some of us are really good at handling it all, and in helping others manage to keep their heads up. A few times though, it gets totally unbearable even for those in the helping profession themselves. This is when you get to experience a burnout.
Not all of us are affected in the same way by the same stressors in life. Somepeople may reel from relationship conflicts and others may be deep in despair due to more global concerns. It may be your job that is causing distress – too much to do, too little pay, too much insecurity about its permanence or too little faith in you from your boss. It may be your need to fulfill the needs of others that keeps you from finding peace or spaces for calm in your day or it may be a litany of worries over things that you cannot control that keeps you from enjoying a good night’s sleep.
Regardless of the source, the stress that we experience in relation to our own personal life hassles is likely similar to the anxieties of the person in the office or the apartment next door.
When you’re run-down, burnt out, or exhausted, someone may say, “Just relax” or “take it down a thousand.” But does that really work?
Research suggests that a number of forms of focused action can reduce stress just as effectively, if not more than, just “trying to relax.” It's hard to do something different when you're in fight or flight mode, anxious or worried, or stuck on a hamster wheel of to-do lists. You may be so exhausted that the last thing you want to do is "more" of anything. Unfortunately, not everyone will respond to the same “stress-reliever” as well as another might, so here are easy methods for finding a moment of calm or a larger space of breathing room during the daily grind or when the wee, small hours of the night are creeping in on you as you wrestle with anxiety or fears.
Sometimes willing yourself out of a stress cycle just doesn't work. If you can take 20-minute action-steps to build wellness, bring in some light, get out of your head, and tend to your emotions, it can help you feel better faster. Reduce the stress in these ways:
1. Gently and softly allow your eyes to close, for 20 Minutes (or less).
2. Walk in Nature, Preferably Near Water, for 20 Minutes
3. Journal or Write About an Intensely Positive or Stressful Experience for 20 Minutes
4. Feel or Express Gratitude for 20 Minutes
5. Do a Small Act of Service or Kindness for 20 Minutes
6. Meditate or Do Progressive Muscle Relaxation for 20 Minutes
7. Use Diaphragmatic Breathing with Positive Imagery for 20 Minutes (or less)
8. Engage in a Hobby or Do Something Fun for 20 Minutes