Our second mini-series is on emotional well-being. This mini-series is a little more complex, compared to Physical Well-being, and focuses more on your emotional aspect of wellness. It forces you to look deep inside yourself and sets you on a journey of self-development.
Our first installment of Emotional Well-being is Stress Management - If you want to fly, give up everything that weighs you down. This is one area that I personally need a little bit more work on. Lately, I have been super busy, and I have neglected to stay on top of my own stress management…. How many of you can relate?! We all have stress. Let’s face it, life is stressful, especially just now! But it is how we handle and manage it that is important.
So, let’s talk about stress! We have all felt stress at one time or another, it can be caused by many factors, such as, an increased workload, financial worries, relationship issues, or a combination of many different factors. For some it can be a positive experience, thriving off the energy, but for many, it lingers and causes both physical and emotional changes in our bodies. But it’s important to notice the symptoms of stress as it starts. Ignoring the symptoms over a prolonged period of time can lower your immunity, cause IBS, mental health issues, and cause heart disease.
Many people will notice a mixture of the following when stressed:
Feeling worried, anxious, overwhelmed, lack of concentration, changes in mood, mood swings, short temper, irritability, depression, low self-esteem, unable to relax, changes in eating habits, changes in sleeping habits, aches and pains, loss in sex drive, nausea, dizziness, constipation, diarrhoea and even an increase in alcohol and/or tobacco consumption.
None of these symptoms are pleasant, especially if they continue to last for a period of time, that is why it is so important to nip stress in the bud as soon as possible and discover the cause. You can do this by looking at what changes or events have happened recently which could have been the cause.
Here are a few changes you can make to help protect yourself against stress.
Take time out for yourself.
Get plenty of sleep.
Avoid increasing your alcohol or tobacco intake.
Learn a relaxation skill.
Develop an awareness of your stress reaction and its early warning signs.
There are 3 main stress management skills you can learn to help you cope when faced with a stressful situation(s).
Relaxation: Try breathing techniques & relaxation imagery.
Cognitive Techniques: Review your attitude, behaviour, and reaction to stress. Restructure how your think. Set achievable goals.
Behavioural Techniques: Manage and share your expectations, communicate what’s achievable, be assertive.
So, that’s our first installment for emotional well-being! I don’t know about you, but that seems like a wonderful cue for a nice relaxing self-care bath! I have already started on this month's monthly maintenance box, so I will be popping on my Ellology strawberry silk pink clay mask, lighting the beautiful candle, and following it up with some relaxing meditation using this month's Earth Tribe, Lavender Eye Pillow! I cannot wait!!! I hope you have some lovely self-care plans, and if you haven’t I hope this has inspired you to go take some time to relax.
Happy self-care Sunday!