First of all, thank you for all the kind words of support about our first issue. Camilla and I are beyond grateful. Truly.
With the magazine's launch, I can say with absolutely certainty that we both were feeling some stress. It is in times like this that is SUPER important to remember to relax. Stress does all sorts of nasty things to your body (like cause headaches, upset stomach, and sleeping problems). Beginning to feel stressed can be a self-fulfilling prophecy, so here are a few tips that I find help reduce (and even stop) stress and its effects:
1. When I feel stressed, all of the muscles in my body go into full-tension-lock-down mode. It is a terrible feeling that ends up making me feel more stressed. And it is at these moments that I find a quiet spot, close the door, and do at least 3 Sun Salutations (just like chocolates, one is never enough when it comes to Sun Salutations). If you've never done yoga before, don't worry. A Sun Salutation is basically 12 fancy stretching poses. Here is a great diagram from The Yoga Site to help you through (there are also a myriad of videos online):
2. Breathe. Stress causes the body to take shallow breaths, bringing less oxygen to your blood, causing the body to work slower. Taking slow, deep breaths is an automatic signal to your body to calm down. Start by inhaling (through your nose) for 4 counts. Hold your breath for 4 counts and then exhale (through your mouth) for 4 counts. Repeat. As you become more relaxed, extend the length of time you hold and exhale the breath. 6 counts, then 8 counts, then 16 counts. Not only will the breathing deeply relax you, focusing on counting each breath will help refocus your brain away from the things that are stressing you out.
3. Think positive. This can be one of the most annoying things anyone can say to you when you are feeling stressed, so be sure to either do the breathing or the sun salutations (or both) before you move to step 3. Once you are feeling a little more calm, take a moment and make a list of 3 things you are grateful for. This can be a mental list or a physical one and it can be full of big or small gratitudes, like being grateful for beautiful weather, or the love of your significant other. Really acknowledge these three things and thank the universe for them.
Now, notice: are you feeling a little better? Somedays when you are feeling overwhelmed, little changes in how you feel are Everest sized victories. Celebrate these, you'll be feeling more balanced in no time.