How to Rebound Quickly After a Stressful Week
A few weeks ago, I had one of those hugely stressful weeks.
You know the one: the kind of week that is so completely jam-packed with important meetings, events, and to-dos. It’s as if somehow every important meeting and event from the entire month ended up on the same week.
When I woke up on Saturday morning, I was still exhausted. I was not exactly sure how the two short days of my weekend were going to help me recover.
It is hard to rebound from such a stressful week. We can feel tired, lethargic, and even a bit sad or depressed.
That’s why it’s so important to have a plan after a week like this.
I recommend getting serious about de-stressing by carving out a full day for a blissful “decompression session”. You must be deliberate about carving out time for your decompression session, or you won’t give yourself what you need to fill yourself back up again.
Here are five of the best ways I have found to decompress and rebound faster after a particularly stressful week:
Turn off the phones, turn off the computer, and shut off the outside world for at least half a day. Seriously, leave that stuff at home. These devices just raise your stress level. Go offline and forget about the online world. Offline is the new luxury.
Even if it’s the last thing you feel like doing, get outdoors and take a walk or run. Being active is one of the best ways to reset your system and increase your overall stress tolerance. The key is to do something that gets your body moving in a way that nourishes and rejuvenates you and promotes relaxation.
- Reconnect with someone you love
Spend time with your loved ones. Just be completely there with them. Snuggle with them; focus on them.
Or is there someone you haven’t connected with in a while who would love an out-of-the-blue phone call from you? (Not an email or text, but a phone call.) Someone who brings out the best in you? Reach out to that person. Surprise them. Let them know they are still on your mind and in your heart.
The act of giving and receiving love is very soothing, rejuvenating, and uplifting.
Not all breaths are created equal. A simple but effective exercise for calming the nervous system is a timed breath where the exhale is longer than the inhale.
To begin, sit somewhere comfortable. Close your eyes and begin breathing through your nose.
Then, inhale for a count of two. Hold the breath in for a count of one. Exhale slowly to the count of four. Finish by holding the breath out for a count of one. Keep your breathing even and smooth.
Do this for about five minutes. Afterward, you will notice how you feel more calm and relaxed.
- Practice gratitude
One of the most powerful tools for enriching your soul is keeping your gratitude tank full. Simply writing down 10 things you are grateful for can put you in a mindset of abundance and bliss.
So take out a journal and start making a list. These items can be small things, such as being grateful for the yummy breakfast you are eating, or larger things, such as being grateful for your family. It’s amazing how effective this little exercise can be.
Stress is cumulative and recovery is not negotiable.
You don’t need an entire weekend to recover, deliberately decompressing for even just a few hours in the evening can stop the stress cycle.