Not sure if there are two words in the English language that could possibly evoke more stress than these two do!
And right now, they are combining their powers to make for an interesting end to 2021.
Let’s face it, 2021 did not pan out the way anyone expected.
It was meant to be our fresh start after a rocky 2020.
But, in some awkward twist of fate, it ended up being much worse!
So, the stress is mounting and the overwhelm is building.
What can you do?
Well, we have our 3 best tips for managing stress and sailing into 2022 as fresh as a daisy. Read them here.
Managing Stress as we exit lockdown and approach Christmas
1: Process 2021 and everything it brought
We have already addressed the fact that 2021 was a year that sucked the big one. And if you are feeling a little jaded by the alert level restrictions, the constant pressure of Covid regulations and the nagging feelings of uncertainty, then we can’t blame you.
It is totally fine to feel all the things about 2021. Take the time to sit in those emotions and really process them. It is ok to feel angry, lost, helpless, anxious, or sad about what you have been through.
But, once you have taken the time to process how you are feeling, don’t dwell in that negative space. Instead, look forward to what 2022 might hold.
Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by things that were once easy? Perhaps it’s difficult to focus and even harder to be productive. You may feel numb or over-sensitive, restless or exhausted, irritated or angry.
Stress and anxiety are normal responses to difficult situations, and nobody would argue that the last few years have been challenging.
While it’s appropriate to feel apprehensive about the future, prolonged, poorly managed stress can lead to ongoing mental and physical health issues.
That’s why it’s important to develop healthy coping strategies to support your wellbeing.
Below, we share three simple tips on managing stress and anxiety to help you get started...
Working from home might seem like a nice idea, but often, the reality doesn’t quite match up with the vision - especially if you’re making do with a temporary home office and sharing your space with other family members!
Instead of feeling relaxed and productive, you may find yourself stressed, overwhelmed, and full of aches and pains from attempting to work at your dining room table or kitchen counter.
However, many of us don’t have an alternative right now, so it’s important to find ways to relieve your discomfort.
Here are our top three tips to help you reduce pain and stress when you work from home.
How To Work from Home Without Pain or Stress
1. Make Your Workspace Comfortable
How tempting is it to work from your bed or couch when you work from home? There are all those pillows, and you can stay in your PJs all day.
Goodbye productivity and hello RSI!
While this may be fun for a day or two, the novelty quickly wears off. Before too long, your back hurts, your wrists ache, and it’s far too tempting to have an impromptu nap, pick up a book, or switch on the tv.
The most valuable thing you can do to set yourself up for success is to create a dedicated workspace and make it as ergonomic as possible.
That means making sure your body is positioned in a way to reduce discomfort and improve efficiency.
Here are the most important things to consider when setting up a work area:
Susy Egneus -
Founder of Bodyworkz, sharing thoughts, facts and ideas about living a stress free life, and what mobile chair massage is all about!