No matter where you are or what you’re doing right now, we encourage you just to take a moment to….
B R E A T H E
That’s right. Go ahead now. Inhale deeply and fill your lungs with as much air as possible. Remember all those techniques your Pilates instructor taught you on the Reformer!
Now Exhale deeply. As you do, allow all the stress, anxiety, negativity and fear that’s built up so far today to leave your body.
As you Inhale once more, be open to the possibility of health, abundance, optimism, and ease filling you up inside.
Feeling better already?
Great! So let’s tackle what’s probably a burning question on most people’s minds right now.
“Just how you handle the stress of working from home?”
Especially if you’re also juggling your kids’ schooling while trying to get in some mat Pilates classes with Contour online! If you’ve not yet tried one out, you can check out our schedule HERE.
As a special BONUS for all our lovely members, we have a FREE Barre Class this Saturday at 10am with the always positive, happy and energetic Jessica. It’s going to be BOOTIFUL!
You can’t fail but feel better after a few Plies, Attitudes, Developpes and Rond de Jambe’s. Plus seeing her gorgeous face and those of your fellow Contourers will put a big smile on your face. Give it a go. We’d love to see you. This is the first of many FREE classes we plan to host so book on quick to avoid disappointment.
Dealing with overwhelm and anxiety
It’s so easy to experience feelings of overwhelm as you try to navigate these challenging times.
Today we wanted to introduce some practical tips to help you through the difficult days ahead. At Contour Pilates we really do care about your mind, body and soul.
LACK OF STRUCTURE
This one can be a killer and you probably feel like your usual routine has been thrown out of the window. So create some structure by devising a new schedule and sticking to it. Create a realistic and workable framework for yourself. Make sure you include time for important phone calls with loved ones, sanity check and tea breaks as well as dog walking time if you have one.
Exercise is a proven stress buster. While the physical benefits are clear (weight loss and improved heart health) moving more also promotes mental benefits. You’ve all heard about endorphins. Those feel-good chemicals the brain releases when we exercise? You need your fix of those now more than ever. They’ll boost your emotional resilience and make you feel more capable of handling stress when it rears its ugly head.
We’re a nation of tea drinkers so this one should be easy to accomplish! The act of sipping a hot cup of tea is in itself very therapeutic and calming. Tea drinkers have been scientifically proven to recover from stressful situations more quickly than non-tea drinkers. Consider swapping to a blend of leaves including properties such as Lavender, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Turmeric and Ginseng to promote an even greater sense of relaxation. We all need a little R&R.
Distractions are an inevitable part of any lockdown! Whether they come in the shape of a partner, emails, the kids or social media. They can eat into your time and energy, throwing you off track. Before you know it, you’ve been engrossed in a WhatsApp chat group for an hour without even realising it. (granted, it was deliciously distracting!) Again though, it’s so important to schedule your time.
This is a crucial one, particularly if you’re not used to spending so much time cooped up indoors with your significant other, kids and pets. It’s even harder if you still have work to do. You need to agree to workable boundaries with your family. This will help to create some much-needed structure in your relationships so you don’t blur the lines. If you do have an important conference call, make sure everyone knows that you’re not to be disturbed.
Get your priorities right. We naturally have a tendency to tackle what we like and enjoy first. However, if you successfully get your most challenging and demanding tasks out of the way, you’ll experience a profound sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. This in itself, will automatically make you feel better.
It’s important for you and your family to stay motivated, to keep up your unit’s morale. So if you are feeling overwhelmed with your current to-do list, break it down instead into more manageable task lists. As you tick them off, give yourself a reward. It doesn’t need to be food-related. Tempting as that might be. You’re not on a Christmas break. So step away from the biscuit tin and come up with different rewards. Maybe running a bath, taking 5 minutes to read or listen to the next chapter of a new book, or grabbing a herbal tea.
LEARN TO SAY NO
This is a critical one but also a difficult one for many people, especially the mums among you. Your time is going to be challenged and questioned. You’ll likely experience more requests than ever before and have far more on your plate to juggle. So it’s essential that you learn when and how to politely say “NO!”.
Now more than ever, it’s vital that you look after and protect your precious sleep. This is the time when your body and mind get a chance to fully recharge. So avoid using mobile devices late at night as this will impact the quality and pattern of your sleep. Try as best you can to get quality sleep, aiming for a minimum of seven hours.
Final Thoughts on Managing Stress at Home
The bottom line is that although you can’t avoid stress entirely, there are plenty of positive actions you can implement while you are working from home to help you cope with overwhelm.
Diet, exercise, meditation, regularly sipping on herbal tea and setting clear work/family boundaries are just a few.
We’d love to see you virtually on the Mat and at the Barre as we continue at Contour Pilates to take care of your physical and emotional wellbeing. So please do join us for one of our online classes as well as a big old digital hug.