The A Team At Home: How We De-stress
The A Team At Home: How We De-stress
Everyone knows this situation has been, erm , an adjustment. Most of us are still adjusting. Realising that every day is different and brings with it it’s own feelings, good and bad, its own challenges or even new joys. We are all where we are and wherever that is, is absolutely fine. Easier said than done. Does anyone else constantly chastise themselves for feeling the way they do? For not being productive as they ought to be? For feeling lazy or restless , upset or happy, tired or wide awake in the middle of the night? Self love is about being compassionate with yourself. There are little things we’ve all done during this time, consciously or not, that have enabled us to cope. To stay together when it feels like everything we knew is falling apart. We all have our own, that we learn along the way, from friends, family, instagram, a book, a podcast. It doesn’t matter, as long as it helps. So we wanted to share ours, because when you’re lost sometimes it’s the words of a stranger that make your whole day rather than the ones from those that you are closest to. So here are the things that have held us together, we hope they help and we can’t wait to hear yours.
- Don't watch the news nonstop. If it's important enough, about 30 people will WhatsApp you about it.
- Getting up early in and going for a walk in nature before i’ve looked at my phone. I try to avoid podcasts so I have time to be alone with my own thoughts.
- Not looking at my phone first thing in the morning.
- Barefoot yoga in the park. Nothing fancy, just intuitive movement.
- Kanye West Sunday Service. Uplifting AF.
- Having a solo disco. For me, moving helps move stagnant energy around my body when i’m feeling a bit MEH. 10 minutes with the tunes on dancing around. The more energy you expend the more you get back.
- Just play, for playings sake. An instrument, crafts, skipping down the road (there is nothing more joyful) Whatever floats your boat.
- Gratitude - make sure I acknowledge the positives and am thankful everyday.
- Writing down successes for the day - Understanding that a small task is still a task completed. Taking steps to ensure that overloading throughout the day isn't worth the strain on my mental wellbeing.
- Taking photographs - Getting creative and falling in love with a new craft, practice isn’t failing.
- Acknowledging that it is all about taking your time with something newYoga, practicing yoga everyday after a long day sat down is something that is really helping my mental state approaching the evening, I feel calm.
- Face masks. Giving myself more love with regular pamper sessions, I’ve even been putting cucumbers over my eyes. As cliche as it is, it takes me away from my phone and any distractions.
- Sunlight, inside or outside always lifts my mood. Sitting on the floor catching the afternoon sun in my bedroom.
- Cooking/Baking sparks joy for me, getting creative in the kitchen and having that feeling of satisfaction when seeing and tasting the end product, giving myself well deserved sense of achievement.
- Gratitudes and Self Affirmations to start my day.
- What’s the rush? Taking things SLOW. Allow time in the day for little pleasures: making my bed. Drinking my coffee.
- Washing my face and doing a little face massage to help me to wake up. Scenting my space. All these homely rituals tell my brain and body that it's time to start the day, they really set the tone. And, even if I’m only getting into sweatpants to work from home, I feel like I’m putting my best foot forward.
- Exercising - Its an hour of the day where i don’t have to think about anything and i can just switch off and focus on getting through an hour of jumping up and down, usually i am always thinking about what i need to do next so this is great way to release some of that built up anxiety and i also feel a million times better after.
- 'Virtual' retail therapy has really helped me through isolation as a whole, waiting for my packages to arrive can be the most exciting part of my day sometimes (as sad as that sounds) it gives me something to look forward to. I have been ordering all sorts, everything from a bar stools (for my dads new garden bar LOL) to cute summer dresses that make me feel that little bit better.
- Put your phone down/in a drawer/under a cushion. What’sapp is not your full time job. Don’t feel guilty for needing to disconnect sometimes. My new daily destress is going for a walk with nothing more than my keys and my thoughts for company. Profound recent walk thought- “I wonder where Nelly Furtado is now?’
- In a funk? Try something completely different! I noticed that Saturday’s were regularly becoming my ‘dip day’- I wasn’t doing anything differently but everything just felt wrong. I decided to mix it up and use Saturday as my day to try something different, whether that’s a new gym class, recipe or even just ordering pizza for dinner (you have to do that 2 days in advance out here in the sticks!). Now I’m hooked on Frame Dance Workshops and spend all Saturday afternoon dancing to Lizzo (with LITERALLY no one watching- camera off!) and look forward them THE MOST :-) The pizza after definitely helps, too.