Stress is a part of life, but it doesn’t have to control the day. You know the feeling when you’ve had one stress after another, and you just come home and let the stress wash over you, well that shouldn’t be how it is. Once you stop trying to control stress and instead learn to work through the stressful day, everything will run just a little smoother.
Stress can happen at any time, if you have a stressful week ahead of you, it’s time to pare it back and think about how you can cool down and have a good day.
1. Write down your feelings
Journaling can help you process your feelings. Learning to leave the stress on the page instead of carrying it around in your head will help you get a sense of perspective. If you’ve had a particularly stressful day, just write out everything that’s bothering you and shut your journal with those feelings enclosed. Once you’re away from the situation and you’ve written it down, it’s time to focus on something else.
2. Spend time with the people you love
After a stressful day (or week) schedule in some time to call someone you love. Have dinner with a friend, call your grandma, have a decent conversation with someone you love. Don’t just have a surface conversation, ask them what’s really going on in their lives and give encouragement as well as receiving it. It’s important to try to really connect with people, everyone has their own stresses and sharing them can really help you overcome them.
3. Be more positive
Stressful days tend to get us down and keep us in a negative mood. It’s so tempting to get caught up in those negative feelings and emotions and feel like nothing is going your way. Instead, you should think about what you’ve achieved so far. If you start thinking about everything you need to get done and everything that’s going wrong, stress can easily snowball. But what you should really do is amend your perspective. Take five minutes to turn every negative into a positive and you’ll find the stress melting away.
4. Fix up your routine
When you’re stressed, it’s easy to neglect your routine, which can cause extra stress. Examine your routine and identify any places where you’re causing yourself extra stress. Try to exercise often, eat healthy, balanced meals and drink enough water. You can use the Getting Stuff Done planner to track your self-care, when things get super stressful you need to take a step back and take care of yourself.
5. Slow it down
It’s crazy how when things get stressful, you can easily speed everything up which makes it worse. You walk faster, you work faster, you talk faster, and time flies. You actually need the opposite, you need to slow it down. Step away from the stress and give yourself a few minutes to slow it down, take note of the time, step away and then come back to it. It’s easy to get yourself worked up when you’re stressed, but you should actually relax, take a step back and slow it down. Once you do, the stress will lessen.
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