Let's not beat around the bush here. There are many things I can do, and do well. Managing stress however, is unfortunately not one of them
Don't get me wrong, I thrive on stress. I love high pressure situations and perform best when working to a deadline. I love the intensity, the heart-pumping-sweaty-palms and the adrenaline high of being stressed out. So does that make me a stress addict?
Anyone who doesn't know me well will be surprised by this. However, those close to me will be nodding their heads in agreement. As my Mum has always kindly (and not so kindly) told me, "Adele, you will end up with an ulcer", and over the last year I have taken heed of her warning.
Usually I am on auto-pilot and can be so stressed out, but have no idea that I am until I consciously pick up the following:
-I have no appetite (not good for a recipe creator!)
-I sleep even less than normal
-I have 'knots' in my stomach which leads to a very upset tummy
-I make mental 'lists' that I recite over and over again until I have finished every task
So what stresses me out?
-Not having enough time to focus on my business
-Not getting things done in time
-Worrying about not 'winning' or being number one
-Not being able to say 'No' to people, and getting locked into situations that I don't want to be in (not because I don't love helping people but I just don't have a lot of time-point one!)
There are a number of things I find personally help me manage my stress
I don't view walking as 'exercise'. I think if I classified it as exercise I probably wouldn't do it! But I set aside between one and two hours a day, just for Charlie and I.
Ok, so it's not a far reach for me, but having Charlie has certainly calmed me down. There has been research that shows 10 minutes of patting a pet markedly lowers yours and their blood pressure. Giving unconditional love and time to an animal is also good for your soul.
Beautiful herbal tea; it's the ritual and the time it takes to sit and sip a nice cuppa that helps. Blends that include chamomile and lavender particularly calm me down.
I'm not sure what real music therapy entails, however my version of music therapy is turning up music VERY VERY VERY loud, and simply focussing on it; the beat, the drums, the vocals and melody....it takes my mind off whatever is stressing me, and generally leads to dancing, which is great!
I am a meditation newbie; last week was my first class, and I will be continuing with it. It is something I need to practice (I did nod off a few hundred times), but I like a challenge and am prepared to put in the time. Sara at The Space in Between
runs an incredible class; all different techniques and therapies. Do check out her Facebook page
for some beautiful inspiration as well.
-I don't watch the news
Call it ignorance (but that's bliss isn't it?!) but I don't watch or read the news.. If I hear about something important I will try to do some reading of my own, however I find that getting inundated everyday with graphic images and content affect me. Especially when I can't do a lot about it. This is one of the reasons that the website and my Facebook pages are all 'graphic image and content free'.
Obviously eating the right foods helps as well; I am putting less stress on my organs to digest food and extract nutrients when the food I eat is 'clean' anyway.
-'To Do' lists
If I have a number of tasks to do, I find writing them down keeps me organised, but I also relish crossing that task out, and basking in another job well done.
Weekly acupuncture sessions, then fortnightly for maintenance, seriously helped with my stress levels. Dr Paul Carter
helped to relieve tension in my back, neck and head using massage and needling, and uses herbs to balance me out.
Some of the beautiful walks that we take everyday.
So why am I telling you all of this?
All of you darling Aussie Vegies would have heard about 'Lifeline'
and I'm pretty sure there would be the equivalent in countries all over the World.
Lifeline connects people with care, by providing services in suicide prevention, crisis support and mental health support; all of which are serious issues in this day and age.
Everyday, Lifeline receives 1,250 calls from Australians in need of support. Sadly up to 50 of these calls are from people at high risk of suicide. This is such a sad statistic.
Their Crisis Support Chat is also available for people who prefer to seek help via a real time, one-on-one online conversation with a trained crisis supporter.
Lifeline are having a 'Stress Down Day
' on Friday, the 27th of July, 2012, where you can donate or purchase some cool 'Stress Down' slippers to wear!
By taking part in Stress Down Day
you will help them answer more calls, provide more one-on-one chat’s and help them to continue to save lives.
Get involved today, buy a pair of slippers, organise a stress down day at your work or school and spread the word that less stress is best!
I will be donating whole-heartedly to this cause, an I encourage you to all do the same; the smallest donation helps!
In the meantime, take care of yourselves, and help is never far away if you need it. Remember that situations and emotions are often only temporary, and every hurdle and test will only make us stronger and stronger.
Lots of Vegie Head love xxx