Stress is a constant complaint of many overworked people. I find the best method is to have time alone to gather your thoughts, process your emotions, and sort out daily drama. I cherish my alone time.
I like to put classical music in my ears and go to place with no TV or other distractions. Many times Starbucks will do. Other times I just go to the park and feed the ducks. Either way, it feels like the stresses of life and confusions that threaten my sanity just fall away.
Sometimes I take my camera and take pictures of interesting things, lightings, trees or flowers, just for me, not for work or assignments. Sometimes I will take my tablet and pens to just sketch whatever I see. This is one of my favorite unwind methods. Many people like to just doodle to clear there thoughts. Why not? Whatever works.
Alone time can look like any number of things: Actual getting away to the beach or the mountains; an hour away from the family in a quiet room; bath time complete with candles and aroma therapy. Whatever your method to de-stress, it needs to be scheduled like any other event in your week. I find unless you carve out money for something it won’t be there. Unless you carve out alone time, all your time will be spoken for with the minutia of life.
Going on and on with no unwind method in place can be unhealthy and can even cause or contribute to high blood pressure, or even stroke. With the holidays upon us and the added drama and sometimes unpleasantness of families, not to mention the stress of financial burdens, carving out time to unwind is essential. Do it for your health.