With April being Stress Awareness Month, we are shining the spotlight on our clients and asking them how they cope with stress!
First up we have Claudia from Paws.com
Hey Claudia! Please, can you tell us who Paws are, and what you do at Paws HQ?
Paws.com is the pet wellbeing startup, currently focused on dogs. We help you shop - all Paws Approved products, learn- we have expert advice to help you care for your pet like a pro, and give back via Buy Food Give Food, where every order feeds a healthy meal to a shelter dog.
We would love to know if you have any great stress-busting techniques for when it can get a bit too much. Care to share?
- Journaling - I find it grounds me and allows me to reflect and remove the emotional negativity of a stressful day. I use a one sentence journal (you can grab one on Amazon) and every evening before bed I write down a highlight of the day and three things that I am grateful for. It will be hard in the beginning because you might feel like you have nothing to be grateful for on a normal day, but I suggest really reflecting and trying to understand your own privilege i.e. you live in one of the safest areas in the world, you are able to use your body and be independent, you have a roof above your head and you are able to provide a hot meal for yourself etc. It's all about perspective.
- Colouring Books - as simple as it sounds, I put classical music on and just lose myself in intricate patterns and lots of colours. I find that it relaxes me and helps me tap into my creativity, which is very hard to get a hold of in an era of consumerism - I am constantly reading, watching or listening to something, so I use this time to create rather than consume.
- Get Small Tasks Done - if you're stressing about something major and spiralling, try to give yourself a small win : put laundry on, do your dishes, cook a simple meal, take the trash out, whatever you can conquer in under sort of 30 min. Achieving small things will 1. distract you and 2. help you feel more in control of the situation. Plus, most importantly, you will feel like a super productive badass, which will in turn help release some of those happy hormones instead of the stress ones.
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