All year round, stress can be high because of maintaining work/life balance and family traditions, especially while traveling. But according to Executive Transformational coach Jennifer Grace, there are powerful communication tools you can use to practice self-care.
Accordingly, if you feel overwhelmed and stuck, just take a five minute break. Walk outside to hear nature sounds, listen to music, journal your thoughts or use lavender aromatherapy to come back centered and balanced. Focus on what you are seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling and tasting to ground yourself. Grace notes, “Communication problems can come from when you don't feel like you're being heard or understood,” so the first step is making the other person feel understood.
Additionally, meditation and exercise are smart ways to practice self-care throughout traveling chaos. Exercise produces serotonin, which is a mood stabilizer. So go for a good run or yoga session if the stress is increasing. "It's a way to cultivate an unshakable happiness and center yourself in the eye of the storm."
Above all, Grace wants to leave this thought with anyone struggling, or even in general, “Overwhelmed is just a thought.” It’s all about perspective, so think about what you have to do and how you will achieve your goals. Put a post-it up saying “Overwhelmed is just a thought,” and you’ll be on your way to clarity and inner peace.