How are you holding up? Needing some stress relief? I’m noticing the impact of the relentless, background stress on many. Anxiety symptoms popping up, difficulty concentrating, heaps of procrastination (endless phone scrolling anyone?) and lots of “freezing” in the face of overwhelm.
My own energy levels have been sinking a little and it’s been harder to stay focused on my writing (long overdue blog here!). These are early signs for me that my stress levels are on the rise.
There’s many self care strategies out there which work wonderfully. And there’s no shortage of advice. But if that sympathetic stress response is activated, and the stress hormones are pumping round your body, it can be really difficult to focus, to motivate, to do anything. And that’s especially so for anything new, complicated and even “good for you”.
A yoga sun salutation or a mindful app can seem way beyond reach. Aspirational slogans and positivity tips can make you feel worse – somehow failing when everyone else seems to be nailing it.
So what can you do, when you can’t do the stuff that you know will help?