Making yourself a priority can be difficult, but it can mean so much for stress relief.

I can paint a picture of what my days are like or have been.

Go to work, go home, cook dinner, take care of the family and…repeat.

You with me so far?

Most of our days are the same, our lives mirror each other and we just keep on going through the motions.

The reason that I talk so much about relieving your stress and finding ways to do it daily is because of my own experience with stress.

Stress has ruled my every emotion, my thoughts, my behaviors and has even made me feel awful.

As you read this you are probably thinking yeah, me too or so what, that’s life.

It is life, it is part of living, but it doesn’t have to rule your life.

This week I am talking about placing yourself on top of your list.

That “to-do” list, that ever loving list.

It is easy for me to tell you to do this, but I get messages all day long asking me how to do it.

How to make it happen.

You have to start with the intention.  You are the most important person in your life.

Repeat after me, I am the most important person in my life.  It all starts with me!

If you are not taking care of yourself and you are not recharging your “battery” you are doing a disservice to yourself.

Step #1- Please start your day with you.

This is a simple as sitting with a cup of coffee, writing in your journal, meditating or whatever you choose to do.

How long?

As long as you want.

If you don’t have a lot of time, set a timer for 5-10 minutes.

You have to make time for yourself.

Step #2-Take a break.

We often believe that we must cram the entire day into the day and not stop.  Stopping means we can’t finish and if we don’t finish we have failed.

I am going to say that is complete nonsense.

You have to stop and take a breather.

Stop and relax.

You deserve that.

What doesn’t get done today will be done tomorrow.

That added stress only creates chaos and will make you feel terrible.

STRESS does horrible things to our bodies.

Step 3-  Take a few deep breaths.

Breathing is something we can’t live without.

I mean if we stop breathing, we die.

Not trying to be morbid, but it’s the truth.

The way you breathe can help you either relax, refocus, energize and reset your day.

Paying attention to your breath.

Take a deep breath in and feel it in your stomach and blow it out.

Do that three times, and you are going to feel amazing.

I love the book by Dr. Belisa Vranich, Breathe.  She talks about the importance of your breath and how to do it.

These simple steps will help you get started with your day and help you honor yourself.

Visualize your day.

Take the opportunity for mindfulness in everything you do.

If you are looking for a jump start into managing your stress, you will love this free 5 day guided experience

Wellness for you is all about sharing tips that can help you relieve your stress daily.  I created this with the intention to help as many First Responders as possible to live a healthier life and relieve your stress.  You can listen to tips on my podcast

Remember to do things daily to relieve your stress and Stay safe out there.