For a few moments, allow yourself to pause from whatever it is that you are doing. Take a deep breath in slowly, and exhale slowly. Repeat this a few times. Do you notice that you feel a little more relaxed? Allowing yourself consistent moments to relax is critical in maintaining an emotionally healthy lifestyle. We all know that when you push yourself with no time to rest, it can lead to physical or emotional burnout.
To avoid experiencing burnout, be consistent in giving yourself pockets of rest throughout your day. It can be anywhere from a few moments to 10 to 15 minutes of relaxation. Here a few ideas of activities that can you do throughout your day:
Do light stretches while listening to worship music or meditating on scripture.
Take a few moments to “shut down” everything in your home. Turn off electronics, turn off lights, and find a quiet place in your home to sit. While doing this, you can play instrumental worship music in your home to reset the atmosphere. If you are not able to do this in your entire home, you can do this in whatever room that you have.
While you are getting ready in the morning, take some time to pray to God. You can do this while you are in the shower, doing your skincare routine, or getting dressed.
Struggle with panic attacks? This grounding tool may help you.
If you find that you are having an emotionally challenging moment that may result in a panic attack, this is a tool that you can help you center yourself.
Find an object that is closest to you and begin to study it. Allow your mind to take in every detail of this is object in your hand. What does it look like, feel like, smell like?
As you focus more on this object, this will allow your mind the opportunity to center in on something and will help bring you back to a more level place.
If you find that you cannot do this, please phone a friend or someone that is able to help you. Life will always throw things your way, but the goal is to be emotionally resilient and stable.
Creating consistent opportunities of rest and relaxation will help aid you in this area.