What’s been your saving grace during this stay-at-home order?

I understand as time continues to pass, and the uncertainty is prevalent, there are a lot of emotions running through us.  I’ve heard so many unique strategies to keep yourself sane and happy, so I’d love to hear what you’ve adopted as your saving grace.

If there’s one thing I want you to embrace fully, it’s the idea of baby steps.  Small changes turn into life-altering new habits — and intentional, small changes over time feel so refreshing and doable. A great way to start with this is merely changing a negative trigger you currently have into a positive one.

For example — when you’re stressed, your current habit is to reach for junk food.  Reframe this trigger, and have a healthy snack already prepared and on hand for when the trigger strikes. Before you even have time to think about which junk food you want to reach for — go right for the healthy snack you have prepared. You can use easy to prepare items like carrots, celery, or any crunchy raw veggies you love to snack on.  Find a dip you enjoy and have it on hand.  If you enjoy your snack, you’ll be more likely to not talk yourself out of it.

Where’s your tension?

Do you have a specific area of your body you tend to hold your tension?  Check-in with yourself right now.  Relax your shoulders, unclench your jaw, and take a long, deep breath.

Shoulders/neck, jaw, and chest are the most common places we tense up.

Most of the time, we don’t even realize we are doing it.

Doing regular check-ins with yourself will help you realize where you hold your stress will help you be proactive about combating it.

For me, I hold my stress in my shoulders.

What about you?