It’s important to slow down once in a while and just be still and reflect. Whether it’s meditation, yoga, napping, journaling, reading, and even coloring, put away all of the distracting technology for a minute and just be.
A lot of time we surpress toxic habits or worrying thoughts and they manifest in a different way. For me it’s binge eating and also trichotillmania, which is the impulse of pulling out one’s hair.
Smoking, excessive drinking,frivolous spending, and promiscuity may also be ways in which stress manifests itself.
Shut off all technnology, light some incense, and just be still. I recommend meditation.
For deeper issues, seeking a mental health professional is highly advised.
Your employer or insurance may cover therapy. Also, there are government programs that assist in free or low-cost therapy.
Exercise is also a great way to relieve stress and is a method I have been using, albeit not consistently. Also cooking more, instead of eating out, is another way for me to enjoy being in the moment and perfect my cooking skills.
Kicking back with friends to let your hair down is also important as isolation can often lead to depression. Having someone to talk to is encouraged rather than staying alone with your thoughts.
Whatever it is you enjoy or prefer…do it and do it often.
You deserve it.