We all feel like professional jugglers, however, we know deep inside we will not be joining the Circus anytime soon… we are professional jugglers that are yet to perfect the art of juggling, we just keep dropping our tasks on the floor.
We feel at times we are enclosed on a bubble (unbreakable bubble by the way) in which we are always been watch on how we manage our day to day responsibilities and now the schools are back, well panic sets in, and we start self-doubting what we are doing, and over-compensating with trying to do more, and realizing we are under-achieving by boxing punishing our self-esteem when in reality we are superhumans doing the best we can, which to be clear, is perfectly done.
So how do we go back? How do we take control of our thoughts that constantly compare us with everyone around us but fail to be kind to the person we see in the mirror? We take small action steps that prepare us for the day ahead, including:
- Do your planning in a realistic way: We are all guilty of making our bullet list of things to do with 15 or more actions to accomplish. It doesn’t matter if the 15 items are to be done in one day or one week or one month, our hearts and souls want to go running with a list that long. Be kind. Make your list shorter. Prioritize.
Try to stick to 5 things at a time. 3 that are easy to do and 2 that will require more time. This will allow you to cross-check 3 and move forward with those tedious ones. Once you have cross-checked 3, you can add more, and so on. Your 15 items can be accomplished within the time frame, but giving yourself the ability to focus on 5 items at a time will calm your stress down.
- Do a 5 to 10 minute Yoga Session: This is a great way to let the burnout feeling fly away. Yoga will make you concentrate on your movement, your body, your breathing, and at the same time will stretch your muscles, your back, shoulders, and neck, actually your entire body. Yoga does not need any special equipment, and you can find a pose succession on Pinterest, or find a free workout on youtube, or your favorite workout app. In the end, you feel the benefits of a 5-minute mediation in which you have engaged your body and will not make you feel like you just run a marathon on high heels. 5 to 10 minutes… that’s all you need.
- Listen to your favorite band when you were young: There is something magical when I play Miguel Bose while making dinner after a hectic day taking care of the family and my work. I relax. I sing out loud, I dance, I smile, I enjoyed it!. It remembers me when I was young, and at high school, with those long nights with my girlfriends drinking rum and coca-cola and talking about how our lives were going to be (none of us actually made that happen). Miguel Bose, or Carlos Vives, or Paul Simon transport me to a moment in my life in which I was happy and carefree, and young. Ask Google to play that old favorite song, their sound will warm your heart and melt your stress away.
So there you go… three great (fun and easy) tips to help you lower your stress level when you feel you are about to explode.
I practice them constantly and have to help me a lot when I feel that the anxiety of the never-ending things to do starts blocking my mind and speeding my heart, and after it is done, I can smile, and relax, and most importantly ENJOY the now.