On the heels of Music Therapy 1, here is a post by Elizabeth Scott, MS, on Very Well that I recently discovered:
Too Tired To Exercise? Try These Stress Relievers First!
In the above article are sections on music and meditation, as well as other useful suggestions. This is stress-relief advice that hits the mark (finally!) because it acknowledges that exhausted people drop exercise–they simply can’t do it on top of everything else, no matter how much they know about its benefits.
Exercise benefits you when you have the capacity. If you don’t, you need to try something else first. Letting stress fester is the worst thing of all, and the niggling thought “I should be exercising” just heaps on more stress.
If you can’t exercise, you still need to deal with the many forms of stress. When life refuses to stop to allow you to catch up, replenish, and restore, the long-term prognosis for health is not rosy. How many of you have dreamed of having a superpower to stop Time so that you could catch up on work and sleep, or even take a mini-vacation you can never seem to fit in?
Listening to music (my number one go-to) and the other tips in the Stress Relief for Tired People article are realistic. You don’t have to do them all. Just pick and choose depending on your preferences and resources.
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