Recently things have been very hectic. As a good friend said a couple of weeks ago... "you really pile it on"... I just have an enourmous amount of things on my plate right now and don't have any outlet or distraction and I'm looking for some down time. I'm in search of something that I can emerse myself in.... just to take my mind off of everything for 5 minutes a day.
Hitting the gym used to be a great outlet for me, but with injuries that aren't going away, it isn't an option.
Getting some sleep would be nice, I just can't shut down for the night. Sleepless night after sleepless night is wearing me down quicker than I'd like to admit.
I've given up some bad habits that did the trick but now I have to replace them with something else. Something positive. Until that happens I'm feeling more stressed than ever. What do you do, look at, to distract or relieve stress.
"I know where you're coming from. My best advice, to you and myself, is to first start by scheduling some down time. It sounds like your over extended as it is. Cut yourself some slack and make you a priority. Center, then you'll have some clairity. Thats just my experience, and good sound advice that I think I should take myself! LOL"
Good advice that you gave someone else.
Something to do for five minutes...
4. Push ups (not sure of your injuries)
5. Putt a golf ball
6. Watch some comedy on Youtube
I personally like to de-stress by working out, hitting a heavy bag, reading, meditating, Tai Chi, stretching, drinking mint tea. You might look at supplementation to help you sleep. Try ZMA (Zinc and Magnesium). If that doesn't work, try melatonin. Make sure that the rest of your diet is solid. Don't OD on the caffeine. It has a half life of 6 hours.
Celery, I cut out coffee and replaced it with Celery. Sounds great right? Well the benefit is I am still putting hand to mouth like I would with a coffee cup, and I am eating something that has a negative calorie count, so another benfit. The only drawback being that I don't always make it to the grocery store, and sometime run out of celery. those are very hard days. The sound of the crunching in my ears has become very nice and I can now shut out most things going on around me with a piece of Celery.
I'm struggling with the concept of "immersing" yourself in something for just 5 minutes a day; I'm gonna give you the benefit of the doubt and guess that Gryphon's suggestion wouldn't work out in that time period. :) If you do have the time (and a committed girl), though, can't argue with the results...
Reading a book is a great way for me to chill out. Playing for a few minutes on my guitar. I'd second James' suggestion: a quick get-in, get-out video game (as opposed to something with a drawn-out "campaign") might also work for you.
I took up the art of wet-shaving just for this reason. Right now I am in the middle of planning a wedding, getting used to my new job, going to school for my Masters, and buying a house. So every morning I take 10 minutes of me time where I have to pay attention and just slooooow dooowwwwnnn otherwise I will cut an artery. I started off with a Gillete DE that I found in my grandfather's room after his death. Now I am in the process of moving on to the straight. It is definitely a wake up call when you put razor sharp steel to your throat in the morning, has a funny way of making you forget about everything else in the world. Just my two cents.
If your not cool with that, then lay down. when you lay down even for 10 minutes something strange happens to your body, It starts to check its operating system. Digestive systems start operating smoothly and the heart naturally slows down. what I do is lay down, and tense up my entire body, then starting at my toes I unclench very slowly until every point of my body is as relaxed as it can be. This method also works for headaches. I lay down, close my eyes and visualize an intense white light bulb. I try and pour all the pain into the bulb and then slowly turn it down until it goes out.
I'm not a big supporter of using drugs. they have there place of course, but eventually you will have to stop taking them.
Ummmmmmmmm....I can't argue with his methodology, I guess...
The relaxation thing is good, too. Check out a book called "Relaxing into your being" by B. K. Frantzis, and I think you'll be pretty surprised by it. Very interesting stuff, especially when you get into the internal energy manipulation.
Meditation has a way of allowing your body to just...get back to where it should be, like Chris said above. Good luck to you.
Also, for the injuries, don't know what they are, but check out "Pain Free" by Pete Egoscue. Very interesting take on musculoskeletal injuries and chronic pain.
Buy a punching bag and use it. I've been working out on it twice a week (plus push-ups and sit-ups) for about four months now. I'm tired after I do it and usually get a good night's sleep. If not, see if the punching bag will put out - just kidding.