We all have it.
There are many ways to handle it and tons of advice out there for you to choose from. I would like to make it real simple and uncomplicated for you.
Stress is wearing on the body and we need to find ways to de-stress ourselves or at least minimize the strain it causes our bodies and minds.
Over the years, I have learned several techniques that seem to work quite well. They are easy to practice and uncomplicated to understand.
Take a step back: Take time to step back and look at the stressful situation from the outside in. Take yourself out of the situation and look at it as a friend or other person may see it. What would that person say to you? How would that person offer advice to you? Perhaps by looking at it from the outside in, the problem isn't as big as it seems.
Calm yourself: Take a few seconds and count to ten. Close your eyes and breath. Clear your mind. Pray.
Count your blessings: Nothing can halt a stress attack like counting your blessings! Think and reflect on how really blessed you are. Perhaps realizing that you have a lot of good things going on in your life can help deal with the stressful situation at hand.
Exercise: Imagine fighting what is stressing you out. Take it out on that stressor and get after it! While you are giving that stressor a beating, imagine it leaving your body!
Plan your time: Organize your days more now than ever! Take time to think about what needs to get accomplished for this day. Perhaps you can put something off for later until things settle down for you. Do what is necessary and put aside the rest.
Be realistic: Realize this feeling will not last forever, the stressor won't last forever. Relax and know you will get through it. Imagine how good you will feel when it is gone. Tell yourself, "If I can just get through this day, I will be fine." You can do it!
Realization that things could be worse: Know that someone, somewhere, has a situation that is much worse than perhaps what is happening in your life right now.
Get outside: Get in the great outdoors. Choose a place with peace and quiet. Lay down on the grass and look up at the sky, listen and breath. Get out of your head for a while. Look at the sky and just feel the peacefulness engulf you.
Taste something you love: Have a taste of something you love. Don't over indulge but just taste something that you can enjoy and focus on the good feeling it brings you. I for one, like to pick a Limeade! I love the refreshing, clean flavor of a good limeade! I sip slowly and enjoy each drink. For some it may be chocolate. Taste it and eat it slowly, savor it. Enjoy a little indulgence, it can calm you.
Music: Listen to the music you love! Listen to encouraging or motivating music that lifts you up. Music is medicine! I know for me, I love to listen to my 80's music. It brings me back to a fun time in my life and let's face it.....there is nothing more fun that 80's music!
Smile: Just the mere act of smiling does something positive to your body! Try it! You can't help yourself from feeling better. It is really hard to be in a bad mood with a smile on your face.
To summarize, it all comes down to being mindful!
Realize what is causing the stress and how you might want to handle it. Don't let emotions control you, take charge!
We all have to deal with stress in one way or another. However, we can learn ways to manage it so that it doesn't take a toll on our minds and bodies.
This is a simple and easy guide for you to handle those daily stressors. Try it out, see what you think.
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