As an entrepreneur and author I am very busy, add to that the general ebb and flow of the military lifestyle and it is a recipe for the perfect storm. And that perfect storm came to a head last week.
I was at the doctor for a regular med refill appointment and the next thing I know I was in a wheelchair on my way to the ER. After hours of tests with a few more scheduled as an outpatient, my vitals signs are stabilized with some blood pressure meds and a strong warning from my doctor to slow down and rest.
But honestly I’m not sure if I even know how to do that anymore. I’ve been an entrepreneur my entire life, but not until I became a military spouse did I find it difficult to relax and find balance. I’ve become this person who pushes and no longer knows how to relax and just be. It’s as if I’m in hyper-drive all of the time trying to stay ahead of my life.
And the result isn’t pretty and frankly if I don’t get a handle on my stress level a future trip to the ER may have drastically different results. So in an effort to find some balance I dug deep into my tool box and reached out to fellow entrepreneurs for their best tips, and wanted to share what I came up with. Here are some of the best ways to combat stress.
Best Tips to Combat Stress
- Get away from your regular surroundings and unplug from technology. Allow your thoughts to go where they go, as you let yourself BE in the moment without striving. (via coach Charrise McCrory)
- Set clear, non negotiable boundaries between your work, life & juicy play time. (via Belinda Furneaux-Harris)
- Begin and end every day with prayer for guidance & strength. (via Deb Rocha)
- Keep a notepad & pencil on hand for ideas so you can write it down & forget it. (via Lori Volkman)
- Take 24 hours out of your week to do absolutely nothing but rest. (via Fe Jones)
- Yoga and meditation can help you find a happy place (via Deb Colling)
- Utilize Essential Oils (via Lauren Tamm)
- Tips on anxiety Kathryn Sneed collected and shares on her Pinterest board.
- Find ways to escape from your normal routine; spend time in nature, do a puzzle, read a book, learn to knit, take an art class.
What are some ways that you reduce the stress and rest?
~Judy Davis, the Direction Diva is a motivational speaker, author and lifestyle blogger as well as a military life and teen suicide prevention expert. Co-founder of DASIUM, Judy’s books Right Side Up and Warning Signs: Is Your Teen at Riskare go to resources for families and her websites are filled with tips, inspiration and resources for those looking for direction. Connect with Judy at TheDirectionDiva.com