Are you feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed? Or maybe just exhausted from the thoughts that have been running around in your head each day?
You’re not alone.
I’m Robin Long, mom of 4 (6, 4, and 1.5 year old twins!) and Founder & CEO of The Balanced Life, an online Pilates community providing at-home workouts, positive support, and a balanced & realistic approach to take care of yourself in all seasons of life.
I have always been passionate about creating programs that not only help to build strength, but also help to reduce stress. And with many of us spending more time at home, unable to go to the gym or continue our “normal” routines, and experiencing so much change and uncertainty – it’s more important than ever to prioritize our physical & mental health.
As parents, so many people are relying on us and it’s easy to look at taking care of ourselves as a luxury, but I want to give you permission to take the time you need so you can feel your best.
But don’t worry, I’m not going to add a bunch of things to your to-do list. Taking care of yourself doesn’t have to be time consuming or overwhelming.
If you’re looking for a way to create more calm in your life right now…here are 5 simple ways to relieve stress:
1. Step outside for fresh air + deep breaths.
Leave your phone inside and and as you breathe, focus on what you see, hear, and feel. This will help to calm your mind and your nervous system as a whole.
2. Find one little space in your home that you can declutter.
With my family of 6 all at home right now, meal times have the potential to be chaotic. I recently took the time to organize my pantry and it has made grabbing snacks and preparing meals so much easier. Creating a little more calm in our surroundings can help create more calm in our minds.
3. Turn off the news and create a plan for how you will consume it moving forward.
We can stay informed without being glued to the latest headline. Limiting our news consumption can have an immediate impact on how calm we feel throughout the day. Pay extra attention to the pop up notifications and accounts that you follow that may feed you unsettling news when you’re not ready for it. (I personally turn off all news notifications so I am 100% in control of what I see and when I see it.)
4. Move each day.
Right now many of us are low on energy and low on time and it can be easy to let exercise fall off the priority list. Moving our bodies each day, even if it is just for 10-15 minutes, helps reduce stress, calm our minds, and will leave you feeling more energized. If you’re looking for some quick, effective workouts to do with no equipment, check out my free 5-day Pilates Strength + Stress Relief Challenge. Each day I’ll send a 15 minute Pilates workout straight to your inbox that will help you to build strength & reduce stress.
5. Last, and perhaps most important, be gentle with yourself!
In The Balanced Life Community we have a motto of Grace over Guilt. When things don’t go as planned…you didn’t work out when you intended to, got frustrated figuring out online school, didn’t cook a meal, or whatever your current stressors are; take a deep breath and remind yourself you’re doing the best you can. As we say in The Balanced Life Sisterhood Choose Grace over Guilt and remember that tomorrow is yet another fresh start!
I hope these tips help to lighten your load and add some calm to your daily life. Remember to take it one day at a time. You’re doing a great job.
For more encouragement, support and resources to care for yourself in this or any season, come check out The Balanced Life!