In this blog we'll discuss 4 Self-Care Traveling Techniques. These will be perfect for those on the go. Life gets pretty hectic and often throws challenges at us. When stressful situations occur, we often forget about taking care of ourselves. We need to take advantage of simple ways to provide some self--care to help us get through these intense times.
These are 4 techniques you can do at the office, hotel, on the road or just about anywhere, to help you breath, stay calm and take care of your mind and body while facing all the challenges of life.
1) Keep a list of accomplishments that you are proud of with you. Sometimes we are forced to step out of our comfort zone, we waste energy on worrying about the worst-case scenarios or stressing about past mistakes.
Instead of giving away that valuable energy to something you can't do anything about, take some time to think about when you met a challenge and crushed it. Focus on what has worked out well, keep a list of accomplishments that you are proud of on your phone and look at it when stressed, purposely smile and compliment yourself on a job well done.
2) Purposefully restructure your natural responses. When that instant feeling of anger or frustration takes over, our first reaction is to vent - raise our voice, use some choice curse words, etc. These behaviors are normal and natural, but usually make you feel worse, not better. Instead of allowing those behaviors to control us, there is a great way to change the way you think by using cognitive restructuring.
At its most basic level, cognitive restructuring is changing the way you think and the way you feel into a more reasonable and adaptable thought. It takes practice, so don't wait until a challenge shows up, start now. Think about something that makes you upset, mad or sad then reframe that feeling to something more constructive.
Gently redirecting the irritated voice in your head. Instead of thinking, “I can’t believe he blew me off again, I’m so mad I could scream!” shift your thoughts to be a bit more constructive and compassionate with a phrase like, “This is a frustrating situation and it's understandable that I'm upset, but getting angry isn't going to fix anything." By putting your emotions into perspective, you'll not only realize that you can get through it, but you may also come up with some solutions to help ease the situation, like finding more reliable people to be in your life and dropping the toxic ones.
3) Effectively Tackle Overload
An ever-growing work list may push you into a frenzy of multitasking. But while you may think that divvying up your focus and attention can help you get several things done and save time in the long run, the truth is, the human brain isn’t built to do two or more things at once.
To effectively tackle your work overload, don’t take on everything as soon as you get to the office. Instead, be more intentional with your time and focus by scheduling blocks on your calendar to one specific task at a time—nothing else. Dedicating 15- to 30-minute increments of time to finishing up one chore at a time will help eliminate distractions and keep you on task.
4) Reduce Your Reaction To Flight or Fight Response
In moments where your fight-or-flight response has been triggered, practicing deep breathing will become your best friend. Research has shown that deep breathing has a positive impact on both mood and stress levels. Best of all, breathing exercises are always available—no special equipment or setting necessary.
Simply sit or lie down in a comfortable position, place one hand on your tummy and one on your heart and then take a deep breath through your nose. You should feel your belly pushing your hand outward, while your chest remains relatively still. Hold this breath for the count of 5 and then, breathe out through tightened lips. You'll feel your hand move closer to your frame as your belly retracts. Repeat these steps three to ten more times for maximum calm.
I hope these 4 Self-Care Traveling Techniques helps you as your out and about to keep calm and have a fantastic day. Our small way of helping you survive in life, so you can Thrive in life.
Trina, Owner of Dragoyle.com