I hinted at my stressful week last week in my Weekly Wrap post, where I shared the hotel gym workouts that got me through. In all honesty, it was more of a long and grueling week than a stressful week, because although I was working almost around the clock, I was working with colleagues I get along with and respect, and we all pulled together to get the job done. Still, when I got home, I treated myself to some self-care strategies with these five ways to reduce stress.
Loving these items from the PopSugar MustHaveBox I was sent to review!
Five Ways To Reduce Stress
1. Get a massage. I had to go straight from the train station to the office, but on the way I booked a massage for later in the afternoon. That gave me incentive to focus on what had to get done instead of getting sucked into a week’s worth of emails waiting for my attention. While I usually ask the massage therapist to focus on my legs, she spent most of the time working out the knots in my shoulders from being hunched over my laptop for 15+ hours a day.
2. Fix a healthy meal. After a week of catered meeting food, my body needed a nourishing meal that wasn’t served in a large foil pan kept warm over a can of Sterno® fuel. I made a big batch of my chicken and mushroom soup, and enjoyed leftovers for lunch.
3. Get a good night’s sleep. I’ve gone for a night or two on 4 hours of sleep, but seven nights in a row of 4-5 hours sleep took a toll. Friday night I made no apologies and was asleep by 9:00 pm.
4. Go for a long run. After a week of hotel gym workouts, I wasn’t going to let frigid temperatures keep me inside. I learned a few winters ago that 24F can be quite pleasant if it’s sunny and there’s no wind, and Saturday was lovely!
My legs must have been really happy to be outside!
5. Take it to the mat. Whatever kinks were left after my massage–or introduced by my long run–were worked out on the mat. It was even more restorative since I was able to meet up Deborah for a great CPY2 class.
Celebrating our confidence with star pose.
How do you recover from a stressful–or exhausting–week?