Due to the corona situation, almost all of us are looking for a new balance. It is therefore quite normal that you feel different than usual in this unusual situation. Do you experience more stress? There are some practical things you can do to lower your stress level.
You have a lot of different thoughts throughout your day, between forty and sixty thousand a day! In addition, you might have a whole list of tasks you need to finish each day or the opposite: nothing to do. To create more space in your mind and thus reduce your stress level, it helps to write things down. It can be difficult to start, try to let go of the idea that you need to write down a story and just start with the first thing that comes to mind. Continue with thought number two, three and so on. You will see that you feel calm(er) and have a better overview of thoughts/things that might be causing stress.
Clean up your bedroom, living room, or desk
Yes, really, clean up. There is a Dutch saying: ”A mess in your house, equals a mess in your head”. This might sound cliche, but think back to when you cleared your entire closet or cleaned your entire house thoroughly. Probably you felt a bit calmer!
Everyone procrastinates sometimes. You set up a nice to-do list for yourself, but you keep postponing these tasks. And that is okay. However, when procrastinating causes stress it’s time to do something about it. Motivate yourself by reserving time for a task: “I will be working on my CV between 11am and 12am”, then you can take some free time again and be proud of the step you just took.
Enjoy the little things
We are often thinking about 100 things at once. Try to be in the here and now. When you are cycling, focus on the sun on your face or the wind through your hair. Do not try to live too much in your mind, but pay close attention to what you are doing at the moment.
Do you feel stressed out regularly? Perhaps mindfulness is something that fits you. It is a way to focus attention on the here and now. We’re happy to help you! You can find a good practice to get started.