How to beat stress and become un-busy

Do you constantly wake up feeling exhausted? Even if you manage to get eight or nine hours sleep ? Perhaps you head to bed at exhausted from the day. But come sleep time you get a second wave of energy that gets your heartbeat racing, palms sweating and mind swirling with ideas. Unable to sleep you look at your phone or iPad on and scroll through emails thinking to yourself ‘why can’t I just switch off?’ Sound familiar?

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We’re a generation of go-getters, always pushing and striving for perfection and connection. Yet I’ve never seen so many exhausted and stressed out clients as I currently do. Being addicted to stress and wearing busyness like a badge of honour is bad for your health. It stresses out your nervous system and runs your adrenals into the ground. It ramps up your heart rate and blood pressure. It also effects your moods, sleep and appetite. It can even have a negative effect on your digestion.

So here are some simple ways to beat stress become a little more un-busy. These tips will also improve your energy at the same time!

  1. Learn how to say ‘no’ and use this word often.
  2. Go to sleep earlier. Even 30 to 60mins can make a huge difference.
  3. If you’re able to, put an auto-reply on your email telling people their email is important to you, and you’ll get back to them soon.
  4. Exercise and move your body daily in whichever way feels good to you.
  5. Make friends with yoga and meditation. Even if you think you’re inflexible and can’t meditate. It is doing you more good than you realise.
  6. Put your selfish blinkers on, and allow yourself to just focus on you for a little while.
  7. Stop feeling guilty for slowing down.
  8. Make friends with inaction.
  9. Stop thinking busyness equals success or perfection.

You’ll never feel ready to slow down and give yourself a break. Until you crash. And crashing? Not so much fun. So refill your cup before you crash and know that this is a conscious choice. There will always be ‘stuff’ to do. But the truth is we all have the option of creating more un-busy time in our lives by just declaring it. Trust me your mind, body and spirit will thank you for it.

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Cassie Mendoza-Jones is a kinesiologist, naturopath and writer for women who feel stuck, unworthy and disconnected to themselves. In working with her, women move into what she calls “heartfelt harmony” – a state of balance, ease and vitality. Through her Heartfelt Harmony Society courses + guides, eBooks and free resources, she’s here to help you shake up your approach to self-care, self-worth and self-acceptance on every level, while making it all feel like nourishing yourself without feeling guilty for it is the simplest thing in the world. (Truth: it can be.) Her upcoming book with Hay House is due for release in early 2016, and her lessons and insights have been featured in publications such as Body + Soul, and on popular websites such as Sporteluxe, news.com.au, Vogue.com.au, and smh.com.au. She’s spoken at events and workshops around Australia for a variety of companies, including LinkedIn. When she’s not working with clients, or creating new books, online courses and programs, she’s getting lost in a good novel, hanging out in a cafe or suiting up for a yoga class. Meet Cassie + get ready to find the most balanced, centred version of yourself at www.elevatevitality.com.au and www.heartfeltharmony.com.