The demands in our fast paced world are more, more, more, faster, faster, faster,

and longer, longer, longer.

There is only so much you can do and I care about YOU!

Mental illnesses are on the increase because people need to take appropriate breaks, they have to take technology breaks, and they need work-life balance. Right now I feel that there is not enough awareness. 

Symptoms of stress might be:

  • Frequent headaches.
  • Cold or sweaty hands and feet.
  • Frequent heartburn, stomach pain, or nausea.
  • Panic attacks.
  • Excessive sleeping, or insomnia.
  • Persistent difficulty concentrating.
  • Obsessive or compulsive behaviors.
  • Social withdrawal or isolation.
  • Constant fatigue.
  • Irritability and angry episodes.
  • Significant weight gain or loss.
  • Consistent feelings of being overwhelmed or overloaded.

If your car runs out of gas, you go to the gas station. Do you have a strategy on how to refill your energy? 

If not, here are some effective stress management techniques:

  • Exercise – it will relax your body and your mind
  • Deep Breathing Exercises
  • Be Mindful (be present) – avoid being on autopilot
  • Relax Your Muscles – (stretching, massage, hot shower/bath, enough sleep)
  • Take a Break – (Yoga, Qigong, Meditation, Read, Music)
  • Going to a spa (also great for men)
  • Stress Balls
  • Spending time in nature
  • Take a vacation or a short trip – change of scenery does wonders
  • Spending quality time with pets
  • Start a Stress Diary – find out your what triggers your stress
  • Make an „Energy List“ – what gives you energy?
  • Create fun experiences with your family and/or friends
  • Have a good Social Network
  • Going for a mindfulness walk by engaging your senses (what can you see, hear, feel?)
  • Talk about things that consume you – don’t keep it inside
  • Make Time for your Hobbies – if you have none, find some (sports, gardening, home projects, design work, dancing, painting, etc.)
  • Constructive „Thought Management“ – learn to control your thought process
  • Community Contribution

Life is too short for a routine of getting up, working long hours, eating and going to bed. 

You have to help yourself first before you can help the people around you. Aren’t you happy that I am here to remind you? 

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