When the overwhelm is taking over...
You know that feeling when you are so overwhelmed with stress that your breathing becomes short and sharp, your heart is racing, your jaw is clenching, your shoulders are glued to your ears AND you have no idea how you are going to have things done by a certain deadline?
Well, stand up, take a walk, even if its just literally a 1 minute walk outside and then back to your desk, or out to the clothesline, letterbox, wherever!
I promise things will feel a little better as you will find your focus again and be able to put your energy into that goal, rather than pouring all of your energy into the stresses that your body and mind are taking on as you concentrate on the 'need to finish' rather than the 'task at hand'.
It's just as important to get some oxygen to the brain as it is to finish off all the jobs you need to today. Make sure you find some time to get the heart rate up a little, and actually look beyond your screen or walls. Find a way to let the kids join in with you if you are flying solo, or ask for some help so you can even just take 10 minutes to walk around the block and re-fresh yourself.
Re-charge your batteries.
Here's a little ditty from me on the subject...
Me Time: Make sure it actually is!
It's so vitally important to get some chill out/zone out time for yourself each day. I blurred the lines when I was already stressed from work, and went out for a run but forgot to turn all of my phone notifications off, so was constantly interrupted and reminded about that 'work and parenting world' as I ran. Even though I wasn't answering the messages or calls, they were still in my head binging away! Take some you time, and when you do, make sure it is for YOU! Multi-tasking creates more stress and results in a non win situation for anyone!
A little time out just for you, makes a world of difference to your efficiency, productivity and day in general!
Clearly I am very transparent, I am just here to chat. I'm not perfect and by no means do I plan to be (that's gone out the window haha), but I am on a mission to find better ways for us to all release the overwhelm, the stress, that throat chocked feeling. I do not aim to tell you what to do, I'm just saying the things that the majority of us are thinking, but maybe not doing anything about. I hope something resonates for you and you find your next round of 'me time' is even just a little bit more 'me'!
Here is my first official Vlog. I hope you enjoy it!
Relaxing your tight jaw
So much tension and stress can be held within the muscles surrounding your jaw. The jaw itself, when tight and tense can create even more cortisol - affecting us on so many levels.
Did you know too much cortisol in the body may cause symptoms such as:
- Weight gain
- A puffy face
- Irregular fertility cycles
- High blood pressure
- Acne and other skin issues
- Higher rates for bone fractures
- Muscle aches and pains
- A flushed face
- Mood swings
- Increased anxiety
- Lethargy and fatigue
Having a tight jaw can lead to headaches, migraines, eye pains, sore necks, tension in the shoulders and neck, even referring down the back to back pain. It can increase anxiety and tension. Here are some great ways to relieve the pressure and stress in your jaw. Take a moment to relax and release the jaw. Imagine, such a simple act could help so many symptoms!