Dealing with restlessness for #careerlions
Oh, how I love waking up naturally because I have had enough sleep. A bit of relaxing in bed, having some coffee, preparing (and eating!) some avocado toast and doing some light reading. Yes, that sounds like the start of a perfect Sunday morning to me. Unfortunately, this have not been the kind of Sunday’s I am experiencing lately. Not because I didn’t reserve some relaxing time, but because I actually get overwhelmed on what to do with my free time. In the end, I have wasted my precious Sunday weighing all my options and feeling restless. Damn that Type A personality of mine!
Type A personalities are prone to having anxiety and restlessness. Curious to know whether you check the boxes for Type A personality? Check out this article to find out quickly. Besides feeling uncomfortable, anxiety could even lead to monetary losses compared to people without anxiety. To me, that is more than enough reason to do something about the matter! And since I care about you #careerlions out there experiencing the same, I am sharing my quick tips for restlessness relief.
Quick tips for restlessness relief
1. Breathing is good for you! And did you know you can actually change the chemical composition of your blood when you do the right breathing exercises? Better breathing can lead to improved physical and mental health, which is exactly what the Wim Hof method is aiming for. The Iceman’s method is being researched by several universities, with astonishing results. While the scientific proof is developing, here's a clip where Wim Hof is explaining his method to Joe Rogan. I think it is a nice and quick way to interrupt the restless feeling, but feel free to try it out for yourself.
2. Feel like your mind is going at a 1000 km/h pace? This might have been nice if your brain was a Hyperloop pod, but is less nice when you try to stay focussed and perform well. Writing down your decisions and activities can be soothing as the ideas in your mind can be rested as they have been given a "physical place".
3. According to former Navy SEAL Jocko Willink discipline equals freedom. When you have a certain routine every morning, it will get you in the right state of mind to get going. Therefore, being disciplined equals freedom. Freedom from restlessness that is! Ever since I learned about this principle, I try to keep up my morning routine. Even on the weekends that is.
4. Whenever I feel restless, it always helps to have some kind of physical relief. Take a run to clear your mind or a nice bike ride. What is it that works for me? Kettlebell swings! Not only am I exhausted after 100 reps (which only takes 15 minutes), the butt boost is a nice effect too!
5. Headspace has had a new update with a whole new look and feel! Even better, they added a new pack to the brave series to deal with restlessness. I added it to my list and I am trying this right after I finish my current pack.
Please keep in mind, this article is only meant for people experiencing minor complaints related to anxiety. If you are having bad anxiety attacks, you might want to consult a professional. With that said, what are you experiences with restlessness and anxiety? What works best for you? Have you tried the tips we’ve shared earlier to get into a positive state of mind? Let us know in the comments below as I would love some new quick tips!