I don’t know about you, but 2016 started off way busier than I expected. I do love being busy, especially at work, so it’s OK, but it’s also tiring. It is really easy to turn into a frazzled mess in an attempt to get it all done. I’ve learned over the years that being frazzled actually slows me down, rather than speeds me up. That’s not helpful!
I also suffer from anxiety, which surprisingly I have learned a lot of lawyers struggle with. If you suffer from anxiety, these tips may help (but remember, talking to a counselor or seeing a doctor is a good idea!).
Self care is so important in times where there simply aren’t enough hours in the day for everything you have to do, so today I’m going to share with you fives ways to combat stress as a busy young professional. These tips could apply to anyone really, but I definitely know they apply to young professionals like me :).
1. Light a Candle
I’ve never been a big candle person, but I have several of them because people give them as gifts. Then, before my birthday party last month, I bought a centerpiece that was a large candle holder. It was fun to light but I didn’t realize a mood changing quality because there was so much else going on. Then J, my little sister and I went to our friends’ house to watch football that weekend. They had candles lit all over, and I realized they were so soothing!
Since then, I’ve started lighting candles. The centerpiece one I mentioned is in the photo above. I only had one matchbook that I got for free at a bar in Portland like two years ago. I just used the last match yesterday morning so last night I went to Target and bought this pink, really easy to use “candle” lighter. The soft, flickering light creates an atmosphere of calm, and sometimes that’s enough to bring me down a notch from overwhelmed to “I can do this!”
2. Drink some (decaf) tea
Sometimes all I want is a nice, warm drink. I’m a huge coffee lover, but coffee doesn’t help when you’re feeling anxious or stressed! I have found that a nice, hot cup of Sleepytime Extra tea gives me just a little sense of comfort before bed. I’ve never tried the regular Sleepytime, but I’ve heard that works too.
I’ve never experienced the “it puts me to sleep” effect that some people have, but it’s still nice and soothing. If I’m looking for a comfort-boost in the middle of the day, I really like Tazo’s passion tea. The type of tea doesn’t matter, as long as it’s warm, soothing and caffeine free!
3. Natrol 5-HTP Fast Dissolve
Sometimes tea and candles aren’t enough and I need a little extra help with a mood-boost. I used to go tanning to fight off the winter stir-crazies but that is so bad for you!
Natrol is a drug-free, plant-derived mood enhancement supplement. It’s an alternative to pharmaceutical drugs (although if you need those, please see your doctor. There is nothing wrong with taking those, and there was a time in my own life where I needed to). Are you feeling stressed out as the new year starts? Don’t let that get in the way of your amazing plans for the new year! As young professionals we always have things pulling us in a million directions. But you can do it!
If you need a simple, quick boost to brighten your mood, Natrol 5-HTP Fast Dissolve works by increasing your serotonin levels and has been clinically proven to work more efficiently than other conventional tablets. I’m excited about these because I hate swallowing pills. I’ve been terrible at it since I was a small kid and I’ve never grown out of the fear of choking on a pill. Fast dissolving in my mouth without leaving a bad taste? Count me in!
Natrol is a leading vitamin manufacturer and you can buy the 5-HTP Fast Dissolve tablets at most major retailers. It also works to combat anxiety, which is a huge bonus for an anxiety sufferer like myself.
Are you thinking about trying out 5-HTP? Make sure to take this $5 Off coupon with you!
4. Write it All Down
I am a huge planner person. I’ve discovered that when I can’t sleep, or I wake up in the middle of the night stressed about the things I have to do at the office the next day, the best thing I can do is get a piece of paper and a pen and write it all down!
I would show you how I do this, but a lot of items currently in my planner is protected by attorney-client privilege. But maybe I’ll do a mock-up in the future to give you an idea of how I manage my time when things get out of control.
5. Place Reminders in Your Line of Vision
When I was in Canada for BlogPodium, I came across this print by Justine Ma. No question, I had to have it. When people come into my home and notice it, I tell them it’s the house rule. There is no stress, anxiety or conflict allowed in this home. It does help me because it’s so eye catching and has been a good reminder to Calm the * Down.
I have some other, less explicit reminders around my home and office as well. These notes and art prints help to center my focus back to the present and stop my brain, even if it’s just for a second or two, from going down the rabbit hole of feeling overwhelmed!
How are you recovering from the Holidays? Isn’t it crazy how we go through them thinking that life will be calm once we can get past Christmas and New Years? I don’t know why I believe that, because life just keeps going! If your post-holiday stress continued without a break like mine, or if you’re just frazzled, stressed out and anxious, check out Natrol 5-HTP Fast Dissolve. And to get you started, Natrol has provided a $5 coupon for WMSB readers!