You may feel more limited now because of the Coronavirus and the limitations it has caused us, but it is still essential for you to have positive outlets after a long and stressful work week. In my home, we love to exercise, swim, engage in our creative outlets, laugh, and watch new TV shows or movies. This is an adjustment for those who like to go out on the town, go dancing, or go out to dinner. This is also an adjustment for those who like to travel around the state, country, or world. This pandemic has forced us to make things more simple, but keeping it simple doesn't mean you can't have a release after a long work week. Here are some suggestions, but remember, they are only that. Some of these ideas may be good for me, so pick and choose what would be good for you. Be open to stepping into new and positive directions. Be open to trying new and healthy things. Use this time to address one of the ideas you have had just sitting on your "If I Had More Time" list. Give yourself permission to learn something new, or have a handful of possibilities so that you can dabble in a little bit of this or that.
Take a deep breath in, and let it go!
1. Go for a walk or run, and if you enjoy an adult beverage on the weekends, get your exercise session in first. 15 minutes is better than no minutes, and it represents a positive change. Starting a new positive habit is a great way to challenge the stress of the week.
2. Try a meditation session, and if you have never done meditation, check out an app like HeadSpace. They make it very easy to open the door to a new world of relaxation and mediation. Taking the time to focus on your breath, with less focus on your stress, is good for the mind, body, and soul.
3. Have an overall plan for your night. Maybe this begins on Monday, but it can begin on Friday or whenever. Having a plan for relaxation can help those who need to have a plan for everything. Being proactive can help with keeping stress reduced.
4. Spend some extra time with your Fur Babies. it is known they can help to alleviate your stress. Also, if they have been causing you additional stress lately, spending some special time with them can help both you and your pet. If you don't have one, and you are open to getting a pet, go to your local animal rescue and pick one out.
5. Reach out to a friend or family member, and be open to calling them over texting them. Having friends to vent to is great, but be open to just calling and talking about a topic that brings happiness and excitement too. Yes, venting can feel good, but changing the channel on your thoughts, and enjoying whatever comes up can be therapeutic as well.
6. Tap into your creative strengths. Maybe you have an instrument you have not played in a while, or you have art supplies you have been meaning to use. This would be the perfect time to get back to those great ideas and start things up again. If you feel you have no creative supplies, be open to using the one you have in your hand most of the day. Both Android and Apple have plenty of applications you can delve into and immediately spark the dopamine receptors just waiting to feel that creative juice from within you.
Don't over think it. You have been thinking all week. Now is the time to take a deep breath in and let go of what you have been holding.