How can it be back to school season already, doesn’t it feel like summer just started? Summer always goes by too fast. One day, it’s the last day of school and you and your kids are so excited for warm weather, pool and beach days, ice cream and relaxing, maybe even a vacation or two.
But every year like clockwork Fall hits and school starts, and before you know it it’s back to the grind.
As women we juggle so much throughout the week, and our schedules continue to get busier and busier as the school year progresses. From sports and after school activities, to cooking dinner and homework, our days can start to feel overwhelming.
If you are feeling stressed or anxious, just know that you’re not alone. According to the Anxiety and Depression Household Pulse Survey, 33% of adults reported having symptoms of anxiety and depression.
You may wonder what we can do to help relieve our daily stress. Thankfully, there are things you can do to reduce your stress and improve your well-being in just 10 minutes.
An article published by the CDC offers practical suggestions on how to reduce stress on a daily basis.
Take 10 minutes today and try doing these 6 tips for improving well being:
- Be active—Take a dance break! Lift weights. Do push-ups or sit-ups. Or kick around a soccer ball for a few minutes.
- Close your eyes, take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
- Write three things you are grateful for.
- Check in with yourself—take time to ask yourself how you are feeling.
- Laugh! Think of someone who makes you laugh or the last time you laughed so hard you cried.
- Find an inspiring song or quote and write it down (or screenshot it) so you have it nearby.
The CDC offers other ways to deal with stress like connecting with others, taking care of your body, and finding what helps when you or someone you know is feeling sad, lonely, worried, etc.
Read the full article HERE, and sis don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you are experiencing mental health-related distress or are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support Call or text 988 OR Chat at 988lifeline.org
Connect with a trained crisis counselor. 988 is confidential, free, and available 24/7/365.Visit the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline for more information at 988lifeline.org.