Self-care in times of stress

Recently I was working with a health client and she was marveling at her habit changes. Despite work stress and a period of uncertainty, she remains focused on her diet and still works in exercise when and where she can; she’s avoiding sugar instead of relying on it.  It was touching for me to observe her realize that she is truly caring for herself now.

That’s what I’ve been focused on this week.  I’m moving to a new state on an unexpectedly accelerated schedule, and am juggling my regular work responsibilities, several special training projects, packing, and making arrangements.  Many of my friends and family members want to take me out for special goodbye meals and at this point most of my kitchen tools and supplies are packed, so my diet is a struggle.

I knew that I need consistent energy, stable mood, and to not get sick during this period of activity, so I dashed together my self-care plan.   I will suggest walks with friends instead of meals (conversation + Vitamin D!), I will relax and enjoy the camaraderie, and I will work out at least 5 times a week for 15 minutes or more.

I miss cooking and it feels weird to not be able to fully utilize my kitchen, but I’ve still got the Vitamix out and can make green smoothies, and I  am heavily relying on my local health food store for grab-and-go salads.  Tonight was another meal out (with my wonderful in-laws), and I opted for red snapper, shrimp, carrots, and broccoli.

When we’re anxious and overwhelmed, it’s easy to lapse, but I argue that it’s the most important time to dig deep and take care of yourself like you would care for your most loved one.  Exercise and spending time with friends and family release endorphins and oxytocin which naturally and effectively combat stress….without the brain fog, fatigue, and inflammation of sugar.

I can’t wait to share all the new activities, food, and resources I discover in Colorado!  Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

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