When the pressure is on, it may be helpful to find time for self-care, even if your plate is fully loaded. This doesn’t mean you need to book some time for an expensive spa day. The Gig Life has tips to help you find some stress relief without the hit to your bank account.

Rest

A good night’s sleep is something that we often overlook when it comes to stress factors. If you are burning the midnight oil, you may not be getting enough sleep. Try to set a time for putting all devices down, ideally at least an hour before you want to sleep. This way you ensure you are not too stimulated to wind down effectively. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7 to 9 hours a night for most adults.  Plenty of rest can also help you to be more alert and focused and may improve the quality of your work.

Exercise

There are a lot of inexpensive or free ways to sweat away the stress. One of my personal favorites is Darebee. They have free resources online for exercises you can do at home, usually with no equipment. You can tailor your workout with their vast library that includes everything from stretches to high-intensity workouts. YouTube also has many channels dedicated to home workouts which may include yoga, aerobics or run plans. Search for your favorite type or something you have been curious about and you are likely to find a great channel to give a try. If you live in a place where you can safely jog or run outside, a solo spin around the neighborhood is also a good time to reflect or plan.

Share

When we get busy, it can be easy to shut out the world or bottle up all the things that are bothering us. Especially if you are isolating. Calling or doing a video chat with a friend or family member can be a way to vent or just verbalize things that may be weighing you down without you even realizing it. Even if you don’t talk about what may be stressing you, human interaction can be cathartic and make you feel better than you did before.

Create

I really enjoy the lift I get when I create something. I get great satisfaction when I finish a creative project. Whether it is a little sewing project, repurposing a piece of home décor or painting, it feels really good when I can see my work completed. Even if you aren’t artistic, doodling or trying something you enjoyed as a child, like drawing with sidewalk chalk can be a low to no cost way to let your mind wander and melt away stress.

Other than sleep, there isn’t really a time requirement for any of these items. If a busy schedule is what has you stressed, you could do a 30 second doodle, a 2-minute exercise and get some benefit without taking yourself away from the tasks you need to accomplish. Give some of these a try and we would love to hear about some de-stressing tactics that work for you!

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    Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of your emotions and learning acceptance. Meditation, for example, is one of the most well-known types of mindfulness practices. You can also practice mindfulness throughout your daily life, during yoga or while doing similar types of breathing-focused activities. During your practice, trying a technique that will trigger the relaxation response, which is the opposite of stress, can help. One way to do this is to inhale slowly, counting to four as you do so, then exhaling slowly as you count backward back down to one. Doing this will help you be more aware of what is stressing you out so that you can deal with it.

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