Stress, ugh! We all have it, there’s no avoiding it, it’s everywhere. So how do you deal with it?
Do you let it build to the point where everything makes you mad and then wonder why you’re so mad all the time?
The reason I ask is because people are always saying to me how cool and calm I seem, even in the most stressful of times.
They think I don’t get mad or they’ll say “nothing seems to bother you, how do you stay so calm?”
True is I do get stressed and things do bother me but I have a different approach in how I deal with it. The key is in how you react to stress. That’s the one thing we do have power over so don’t get mad, instead, go with it and adjust, it’s what I’ve been doing for years.
Here are my 10 favorite ways I deal with stress.
1. Find a sounding board – Friends and trusted family members are great for this. Let them know what they’re in for first though before sounding off and thank them for letting you get it out, because sometimes that may be all you needed was to blow off some steam, now you can move on.
2. Laughter is the best medicine – Laughing releases endorphin’s and helps you to smile more often. Read a funny book or watch your favorite comedy movie or series (Seinfeld). I do believe that laughter is the best medicine.
3. Reduce your workload – This is for you WOMAN – gone are the days where you have to do it all yourself. Learn to delegate, outsource, and plan ahead.
4. Like your exercise routine – Exercise should be fun. The “fun” part is what will keep you coming back for more. I love walking so that’s how I exercise. What do you like to do? How about dancing or gardening, that’s exercising.
5. Get rid of the clutter – “Clutter is not just physical stuff. It’s old ideas, toxic relationships, and bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self.”
― Eleanor Brownn I couldn’t of said it better myself. clutter increases your stress and anxiety, stops new things from entering your life, and reinforces procrastination. It also prevents living in the moment. So if your mind is constantly jumping around from one thing to another, it’s cluttered and needs some cleaning. You might want to try #10.
6. Volunteer – Sometimes, getting out of your own head is the best way to reduce your stress levels. Give attention to someone else who needs it more. I’ll bet your “problems” won’t seem so huge.
7. Eat healthy – Food, especially raw and fresh food, can provide your body with antioxidants and vitamins needed to keep your body working in tiptop shape. Try your best o buy fresh and from local farmers when you can.
8. Get enough sleep – The science backs this up again and again, that getting at least 7 hours of sleep is needed for the body to repair itself. A restored body can handle anything a new day brings.
9. Just Breathe – Take a deep breath in, than exhale. Do this several times whenever you’re feeling stressed. It’s a great way to calm yourself down, and re focus on what’s really going on.
10. Meditate – This is new for me and I love it. Why? Because I get to be quiet. I’m an introvert which means I get my energy from being quiet, alone without all the distractions our day to day lives bring. But I don’t always get time to be quiet so meditation gives me at least 5 minutes a day (I’m working up 5 minutes 2x day). It helps you to get rid of the clutter, chatter, distractions,procrastination and whatever other stuff that’s jumping around in your head. You become more focused and in the moment. You’ll actually get things done, how cool would that be? I could go on and on about the benefits of meditation but I won’t, it’s not for everyone and it takes practice to see results. I do recommend at least trying it.
Yeah, you probably have heard of all of these before but do you practice any of them on a regular basis? If no, start now by creating healthy habits, it’s hard at first and I don’t always take my own advice but I try very hard to get enough sleep, breathe, eat right, meditate and exercise. I feel so much better when I do, so try it and stop being mad all the time and do something about it.
Thanks for reading and let me know how you deal with stress by leaving comment below and if you want a great book to read to help you deal with your stress read Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder It’s my favorite book that I keep going back to re read when I get off track. You’ll love it!