1. Take a tech break. If you’ve been on the computer, phone, had headphones in, or other general stimulus from technology, it’s time to take a break. Research suggests that prolonged screen time is a leading factor in “computer vision syndrome”–yes that’s a thing–and eye fatigue. Further, the sedentary nature of screen time contributes to a host of other physical ailments (e.g. joint pain, weight gain, even grey matter–brain–atrophy). Use the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look away from the computer for 20 seconds, at something 20 feet away.
2. Take your shoes off. Plant your bare feet on the floor or in nature. This practice, called “earthing,” is becoming less of a counter-culture trend with research to back up positive effects such as boosting immunity, deeper breathing, and reduced inflammation.
3. Breathe. Learning to breathe, whether in counseling services, at home, or through mindfulness courses, can be a gateway to calm. Try this technique: square breathing.
5. Move your body. Movement in a way that feels good to you is good for your wellbeing. We’re not talking about doing a bunch of burpees or busting your butt at the gym. Move in a way that feels joyful: walking, giving/getting hugs, gardening, gentle stretching…
I’d love to know how these work for you and other suggestions you may have for feeling better ASAP. If you find yourself stuck and interested in counseling services to help feel better, feel free to contact me.