As adults, we often put a lot of pressure on ourselves to get things done. As we can all agree, there are times when we have a LOT to get done. In those times, just THINKING about everything we need to do can feel majorly overwhelming.
That overwhelm (especially when coupled with anxiety) can make you feel like you’re not doing these things called life and adulting right.
We have this idea in our heads that once you become an adult, you’re supposed to magically have things all figured out. If and when you realize that maybe you don’t, it can make you feel like you’re failing.
To add insult to injury, sometimes not having everything figured out makes it hard for us to move forward.
So, what can you do to overcome this feeling of overwhelm and get things done — even if you don’t have everything figured out?
Here are a few tips I live by that help me to get focused, take action, and alleviate stress in the process. ...
From @BlessTheMessy Instagram
Burnout is a very real thing that affects a lot of people.
The problem is that it can be kind of challenging to tell whether the way you feel is because of the normal stress of day-to-day life or if it’s something more serious.
It can also be hard to know what to do to put an end to burnout once you’ve identified it.
In this article, we’ll talk about what burnout is, how to tell if you’re burned out (or heading in that direction), and what to do about it.
First things first, let’s talk about what burnout is.
It’s more than just a sign of “working hard” and, even though it’s a popular topic these days, it’s not a NEW thing. In fact, the phrase was coined back in 1974 by psychologist, Herbert Freudenberger. A Holocaust survivor, Freudenberger was what people would describe as extremely driven and a bit of a workaholic. He worked as a...
From @BlessingManifesting Instagram
As adults, we have so much to deal with that being stressed seems like it’s just a normal part of life. We become used to worrying about things because… well, being an adult comes with a lot of stuff to worry about.
So, we write off some of the emotions we feel as normal.
But what about those times when we don’t really have much to stress about — yet those anxious feelings are still there, brewing beneath the surface (or even bubbling over)?
Here are some symptoms of anxiety that can be misinterpreted as just normal reactions to stress.
Take a second to look over them and ask yourself if you experience them even during times when there aren’t many stressors present
Think of a song that never fails to pump you up and get you excited.
Now think of one that is your go-to when you’re feeling down.
How about a song you play when you just need a feel-good feeling.
Or one that reminds you of a happy period of your life.
If you’re like me, you can probably think of at least one song for each category. And if you’re a real music buff, you might have found it difficult to narrow your list down to just one song.
That’s the beauty of music - it transports us in ways that can’t be denied. Music can quite literally alter your mood. It can make you feel a wide range of emotions. It can also help you manage emotions you’re stuck in the middle of — like anxiety or stress.
This isn’t just an opinion, either. There have been scientific studies that have shown that music can have very real physical and mental health benefits.
It’s why parents since probably the beginning of...
Have you tried meditating as a way to relieve anxiety or stress, but found that it just doesn’t work for you?
If so, you’re not alone!
A lot of people find it hard to meditate for one reason or another. Some of the most common reasons people give for finding meditation difficult include:
Meditation is something that can take time to get used to — and sometimes you just really need something that works NOW to help you get your anxiety under control.
That’s what I love about breathwork. You can do it anytime, anywhere, and you don’t have to have any special skills to do it.
I was recently interviewed for an article in the Zoe Report where I talked about how breathwork is a great alternative to meditation. In the article, I...
If you’re like me, there are some nights when you stay up way past your bedtime.
Sometimes it’s because you just got really wrapped in something exciting. Other times, you don’t even have a good reason for why you’re up so late — and you struggle to wind down and fall asleep.
I know how it is! That’s why I wanted to share the 3 relaxation tools I use on nights like that. They never fail to help me decompress and finally doze off.
For the last 5 years, I’ve been using a sound machine to help me fall (and stay) asleep. The white noise helps to block out the city sounds that can often disrupt my sleep. Plus, the humming sound is soothing and comforting (which is why they’re also really popular with parents of babies and small children!)
There are lots of different sound machines on the market so you can easily find one that fits your sound preferences and budgets. There are some that make pink noise or...
Have you ever heard of the Serenity Prayer? There’s one line from it that is often quoted:
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”
There’s such simple wisdom in this: we shouldn’t spend time worrying about things outside of our control. Instead, we should focus on the things that we can control.
That is something to keep in mind when dealing with stress as well!
Stress is a natural part of life. Whether it’s something good (like buying a new home, having a baby, or starting a new job) or something negative (like losing a job, relationship problems, or dealing with car troubles), there are bound to be things in our lives that cause us some degree of stress.
While we can’t fully eliminate stress, we do have the power to choose how we react to it. One way to do that is to stop stressing about things you can’t control.
Many people in today’s world struggle with chronic anxiety and stress. The youth are no exception.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking to a mother-son duo who had firsthand experience with my program, Breathwork for Anxiety. They’ve given me permission to share their story of how it helped the son go from chronically stressed to being able to find his center whenever he needs to.
A Lifetime of Anxiety
19-year-old Sam is finishing up his first year of college, where he’s studying Engineering. He admits to always having anxiety — to the point where he’d experience painful physical symptoms (though it wasn’t until our conversation that he put two and two together.)
“I mean, I've always kind of had this anxiety thing. I get very tense and everything just becomes pretty confusing. I guess my mom would obviously notice that. If she's asking me questions, I just don't really know what to answer. I'm just kind of all over the...