What can you do when you’re stressed out of hovering on the edge of a nervous breakdown? Here are some tips against stress from psychologist and mindfulness trainer Karin Rekvelt.
- Accept that stress is a natural part of life. When you feel tired, edgy and depleted: give that feeling some space.
- Only do what you have to. Cut all non-essential activities from your agenda, in work as well as in your private life. Cancel social appointments too; especially those that seem like a lot of fun – it might seem like a leisure activity but in reality it costs more energy than you realize.
- Make sure you sleep well. Slowing down in the evening helps you fall asleep: listen to calm music, read a book, and teach yourself to do relaxing exercises before you go to bed.
- Consider doing a mindfulness or yoga class.
- Don’t think of stress as your enemy, but as a fascinating process that engages you to listen to your mind and body. You might also benefit from having someone else around who can help you see it that way.
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