We’ve all been there. Work is stressful, you have a million things to do once you get home, and there’s no break (or sleep) in sight. Weeknights in particular can be super stressful with so much to do in such a limited amount of time. So how do you keep yourself from completely burning out?
You don’t have to give everything up or take up huge amounts of time to sneak in a little weeknight stress relief. Trust me, you can do these things in less than 30 minutes, and the positive effects on the rest of your night and week will be well worth it.
If you have… 5 Minutes
Sneak in a 5-minute sit, or meditation. Sit quietly with your eyes closed and breathe deep. Try to relax your neck, shoulders, and jaw (places we most commonly hold stress). Set a timer on your phone and allow yourself to just be still for five minutes. You don’t have to be at home to do this. I’ve done this sitting in my (parked) car before heading into a social even, dinner, or meeting.
If you have… 7 – 10 Minutes
Two of my most favorite stress relievers only take seven and ten minutes. The first is this 7-minute Yoga for Stress Relief practice. The second one is a 10-minute Yoga for Self-Care practice that is super nurturing and relaxing. Both of these videos are courtesy of Adriene Mishler, of Yoga with Adriene. She is the absolute best at packing a ton of stress relief into a short amount of time. Trust me, you’ll love her!
If you have… 15 – 20 Minutes
Take a quick walk. If you’re super short on time, just walk around the block. Get outside, get your heart rate up, and get your body moving. There is so much power in this simple exercise. You’ll naturally begin to breathe deeper and feel more energized. If you’re really into it, pick up the pace and go for a quick run!
No matter how much time you have, grab a pen and piece of paper and write down five things you’re grateful for. Gratitude is the ultimate attitude changer and when you’re stressed, chances are you aren’t appreciating the things that are right in front of you. So take ten seconds and write it down!
Remember, everything will still be there in 5, 10, or even 20 minutes from now. Your well-being is important. Use these tips to take care of YOU even when (especially when) you’re busy and stressed.
What are your go-to stress relieving activities? Share in the comments below!