If you’re a woman who farms, you know that the pressure can be intense. You’re working at all hours of the day, often starting early in the morning and finishing after the sun goes down, and meanwhile you’ve got to balance a home, love life, friends, family, and your own mental health. Add in hobbies, fitness, holidays, and finances, and you’ve got the recipe for a heaping bowl of stress. Obviously, we’d all like a six-week vacation in Bora Bora to wash the angst away, but that’s sadly not an option for most of us.
Luckily, you don’t need several hours and bundles of cash to relax. There are plenty of ways to de-stress in 15 minutes or less, so don’t let the pressure overwhelm you.
Breathe In, Breathe Out
Meditative breathing is a quick and easy way to ease your stresses. Take a deep breath in through your nose, extending it for as long as possible, and let it out from your mouth. Just 3 minutes of this calming practice can massively decrease your stress levels.
Make A Cup Of Tea
The simple act of making a cup of tea can be calming, as it focuses your mind on a simple and easily achievable task. Make your favorite brew and take 10 minutes to enjoy it – you’ll feel more calm after just a few sips.
Hit The Floor
Sitting on the floor is a classic return to childhood helplessness, but you can harness it for your own benefit. Try curling up in Child’s Pose (you’ll recognize it if you’ve ever taken a yoga class) to give you some physical and mental space from the things that are bothering you.
Writing about what’s stressing you out can help to clarify your feelings and clear your mind. Try journaling to help you organize your thoughts and release them somewhere that’s safe, private, and personal.
Talk To Someone
Of course, talking to someone you trust is a great way to de-stress. It doesn’t have to be an hour-long therapy session (although those are great too!). Spend 15 minutes venting to your partner, calling your friend for a quick chat, or messaging your mom. Sometimes all you need is to feel heard.
These simple relaxation techniques will help you de-stress and clear your mind in no time at all. Even on the busiest day, you can hopefully make time for these soothing practices. You’ll be more level-headed and happy before you know it!