Stress is something that I deal with every day. It ranges from something small, but can grow into something that is having an impact on my life. While I have dealt with these issues for as long as I can remember, there are ways to deal with it. Nothing can completely eliminate your stress, but there are changes we can make to our lives that may take the edge off. Anything is worth trying, right?
So, what exactly counts as stress?
They say that stress can accelerate the aging process, but what is stress? As with most things, there are at least two different types of stress. I will be talking about physical and emotional stress. Physical stress is literally pushing your body to the limit, overworking your body, or anything of that nature. Emotional stress is more complex. This is the real stress that impacts how we think, what we do, and how or why we do it. While a situation or thought can make us stressed, lack of handling our body properly can increase or cause the stress.
Simplify your life
This is pretty vague, I know. What I am saying is that you need to break down what is causing your issues. Think about the things or events that you are stressing over, write them down, or talk to someone about them. Focus on what you really need for your life and what you may not need. Getting rid of any extra stressors is pretty easy to do. If you cannot ditch something, then try and focus on one issue at a time. I used this all of the time in college, and completing one thing at a time was satisfying and helpful. My mother has always said to not spread yourself too thin, and this definitely applies to stress. The only way to get over something, or get through it is to complete the task.
Take some time to yourself
I know you are thinking that not focusing on tasks is the opposite of what I just said. Well, don’t worry. Stress can make your mind pretty crazy. You are focusing on how stressed you are, which can prevent you from getting things done. What would a clear mind do for you? Wouldn’t that help you maybe get things done? There is enough time to take care of yourself. Take a bubble bath, go on a jog, watch an episode of your favorite show. Taking just. a few moments will allow you to get your mind right, and it will help you to focus on editing stress out of your life, or to finish that big assignment you put off until the last minute. To get some more advice on taking time to yourself, read my other blog post about it!
Meditate your life away!
Seriously, meditation is amazing. I have been meditating since I was in high school….let’s just say a while! I meditate in the morning, and I also mediate right before bed. If I am feeling stressed during the day, I will take ten minutes and do a quick guided meditation, or at least a breathing exercise. This helps me by staying grounded, and being aware of what is going on with my mind and body. Meditation is different for everyone, and you should take what you can get out of it, not what other people achieve. Meditation before bed is also amazing for better quality sleep. Lack of sleep can really cause additional stress to your life, so make sure you are getting the sleep that you need!
Get out of the house
Being locked up in the house can get pretty annoying. Since I work online, I am always locked to my laptop. Getting out of the house does not necessarily mean going out and hiking around. I honestly do not like hiking, and I am not a huge fan of bugs. Going to the store to grocery stop instead of having it delivered can be a great excuse to get out. My dog and I go on walks around the block which is great for both of us. Grab dinner or brunch with a group of your friends! That allows you some time out of your house, and you get to spend some nice time with friends/family/partner. We are entering fall, so your town probably has a weekend market you can visit too!
Move your body girl!
Or guy, who care! If you remember that sweet song from the early 2000s, more points for you. This is the one I have the hardest time with. When I am stressed, the last thing I want to do is workout. Exercise releases endorphins which can turn your mood around, but it is rough to get the motivation at times. Thankfully, we have online exercise videos that are easy to follow, short, and actually fun. I love Blogilates for quick workouts to get me moving. I have anxiety about working out in a gym setting, so working out at home is really the best option for me. If you want to know more about working out at home, be sure to read my post about doing anything but going to the gym!