Let’s talk about stress. Why? Because we need to talk about the elephant in the room. Just kidding. April is Stress Awareness Month so I thought to write a few words about it.
I am not an expert in stress, but in the last years I decided that I want to live my life in my own tearms. Stressing very much was one of my problems, but in time, I managed to claim control of some things in my life and forget about stress. You can do it, too. Small steps, like babies, but on long term, big steps in improving your life. So let’s start our journey about how to actually live your life without stress.
Managing stress is all about taking charge: of your thoughts, emotions, schedule, and the way you deal with problems.
Stress management starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life. This is not as easy as it sounds.
Don’t get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that you forget to take care of your own needs. Nurturing yourself is a necessity, not a luxury.
- Learn how to say “no”
- Avoid people who stress you out
- Connect with others
- Avoid hot-button topics
- Express your feelings instead of bottling them up
- Don’t try to control the uncontrollable
- Share your feelings
- Learn to forgive
- Set aside relaxation time
- Do something you enjoy every day
- Keep your sense of humor
You can increase your resistance to stress by strengthening your physical health.
- Exercise regularly
- Eat a healthy diet
- Reduce caffeine and sugar
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs
- Get enough sleep
How you feel and the way you deal with a situation is a choice. You cannot control others’ actions, but you can be responsible for your reactions.
If the situation cannot be changed, accept it for what it is. Accepting does not mean giving up.
Relax, relax, relax. Sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves. If we do not help ourselves, how can we effectively help others? Relaxation rejuvenates the body, mind, and spirit. Try to find something that you enjoy and do it every day.
Healthy ways to relax and recharge:
– Go for a walk
– Spend time in nature
– Do a sport you love
– Write in your journal
– Read a book
– Watch a movie
– Take a long bath
– Take photos
– Play with your kids
– Play with your pet
– Work in your garden
– Listen to music
– Get a massage
– Savor a warm cup of coffee or tea
To help you feel better try positive statements such as these:
- “I’ve got this.”
- “I can get help if I need it.”
- “We can work it out.”
- “I won’t let this problem get me down.”
- “Things could be worse.”
- “I’m human, and we all make mistakes.”
- “Some day I’ll laugh about this.”
- “I am not perfect and is OK”
When stress makes you feel bad, do something that makes you feel good. Doing things you enjoy is a natural way to fight off stress.
I love to take photos, play with my boy, take a walk, ride a bike and so many more. I am selfish. I am trying to be happy, to live a healthy and stress free life. You can do it. It’s time you start to live your life.