Combatting Stress the Mindful Way
It’s that time of the year! Touted as ‘the most wonderful time of the year‘ the wonder of the Holiday season often comes with a side serving of stress, rushing, and anxiety.
On the weekend a fellow Instagrammer reached out to ask me for any tips I might have to help deal with the stress of a busy schedule. She noted that she felt like she just couldn’t catch up even with plenty of sleep. I shared with her the system I now use (it took several serious burn-outs to work out this strategy). This four part system looks at areas of energy that can be depleted: 1) Mental, 2) Emotional, 3) Spirt, and 4) Physical (Structural and Biochemical). Stressors broken down into these specific areas allow for the identification of causes and potential solutions for that type of stress.
Breaking stress down into the specifics helps to identify types of stress and find the right solution. Which means that times when sleep just won’t do the trick, we might want to look to other causes. For me, sleep really helps when I’m physically tired, but doesn’t help at all for emotional exhaustion. I’ve identified that float therapy is a fast-track recovery for emotional burn out for me, however, I can keep myself on track to avoid emotional burn out by spending time in nature, doing morning journalling and the like.
There’s an explantation about the differences in bio chemical and structural on the worksheet. Examples of bio chemical stress might be a B12 deficiency, while a structural stress might be a sore neck from time at the computer. “Spirt” has been used instead of “spiritual” to remind you that spiritual exhaustion is often associated with your spirt being broken or lost. Sometimes we loose our sense of spirt about work, but the most obvious place for Sustainably Stylish people to feel spiritually disheartened is battling passion focused issues like climate change, pollution or animal protection.
Hopefully you find this resource useful for thinking about stress in your life from multiple angles and avoiding the ‘one size fits all’ approach to combatting sources.
Click below to get a copy of the worksheet that you can work with in your own time.