These are complicated times, and we’re all facing increased levels of uncertainty.  Background stress is much higher than usual and it may be harder to unwind at the end of the day.  Here are three quick tips to help keep you right side up:

  1. Do less

Instead of opting for a complete home renovation, try doing a jigsaw puzzle while listening to your favorite music.  Take joy in simple things: like the satisfaction of a perfectly chopped pile of wood, or teaching your dog a new trick. “Less is more” is the new mantra as we work to keep ourselves in balance.

  1. Just say “no” to social overload

Factor this increased stress load into your decision making when deciding how much to take on.  This is a time for increased boundary setting.  Do you really want a three hour zoom family reunion following a week overloaded with on line meetings?  Consider dropping in for just a brief time or opting instead for simple in-person social gatherings like coffee with a friend. Get comfortable thanking people for invitations, but letting them know you are focussing on self-care and re-charging during down time.  

  1. Limit screen time. 

 If your sleep is disrupted, it’s a sign that you’re brain isn’t getting the relax time it needs.  Zoom gatherings and online meetings are more mentally fatiguing than seeing people in person.  Try picking a completely junky novel to browse through before sleeping.  Enjoy a long soak in the tub or flip through your latest car magazine.  Consider having technology free weekends, and please, take off your watch that sends emails to you 24/7.  Your central nervous system will thank you.
If you are thinking of making changes on a larger scale, consider joining our Healthy Living program starting in November.  You’ll have a chance to reflect on what is most important to you, ensuring the life you’re living is the one you want. 

Warm regards,

Belinda Seagram, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Executive Director, Landing Strong

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