When my kids interrupt me, I feel a great deal of stress. If I am cooking or cleaning, I feel they are interrupting my job. I reduce my stress by remembering that THEY are my job! So when you are interrupted at home or work remember the interruptions are part of your job, too.
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Scheduling items from my self care list helps me to manage stress. In addition, these are non-negotiable, i.e. they are as important as brushing my teeth in the morning and getting to work on time. Regular self care includes relaxing breathing, wandering around my vegetable garden, trying a new SparkPeople exercise video, progressive muscle relaxation (PMR), and so on.
One of the scheduled non-negotiable self care activities is to think of new items to add to my self care list. Some of these have become ways to pamper and reward myself when I reach new healthy lifestyle goals.
6 years ago I spent two weeks in bed & 4 weeks out of work with cranial shingles. It took 6 months to feel back in the game and I still have to manage the symptoms. Culprit-stress! I was only 43. I have taken several steps to reduce & manage stress. Besides a better diet, more exercise, & reduced commute days by working from home more, enough SLEEP has been critical. I even track my sleep in "other goals" on SP. 8 hours/night at least 5 nights/week & no less than 7 on the other 2.
Your bed should be a sanctuary. Get pillows, linens, comforters, mattress pads, etc. that you love. I finally purchased a foam and down mattress cover. Wow, like sleeping in fluff.
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