Let’s face it … stress is an everyday circumstance. It’s a part of our lives [good or bad] whether we want it or not. How big a part it plays is up to the player. My stress was … and still is specific to what’s happening in my life. It’s pretty much ongoing but I’ve learned how to deal with it so it doesn’t eclipse my life.
Even on your happiest day [i.e., weddings or other events] stress can play a role in that event. When my daughter was younger and money was tight I would get worked up when the mail came because that meant bills that I couldn’t afford to pay. I know the part it can play on a daily basis, and what happens when you don’t address it.
Over the years I’ve learned a few ways to help deal with and relieve some of my stress. It’s not going anywhere, but now I don’t get the anxiety and that sinking feeling about the things that I can’t control.
#1 |Face it Head On
I’ve found that the more I put off dealing with something stressful, the more it builds and the more troublesome it becomes. Dealing with expected and unexpected stress head-on is the best way [for me] to address it.
Doing this allows you to control the outcome, so you’re not worrying about what could’ve or should’ve happened. Basically … “Man Up” and Oliva-Pope that thang. | FACT: Man Up is defined as … be brave or tough enough to deal with an unpleasant situation. – Dictionary.com
#2 |Keep a Clear Head|Stay Focused
A clear head is a level one and even if you don’t know what’s coming staying focused when that stressful moment is approaching, puts you ahead of the game. This way you see it, acknowledge it, and then deal with it accordingly.
It’s not going to benefit you in any way to get worked up about a situation. Keep that cool head and you will be able to handle anything that comes your way. | QUOTE: My key to dealing with stress is simple: just stay cool and stay focused. – Ashton Eaton
#3 |Treat Yo-Self
Basically … take care of “you”. You are the #1 factor when it comes to managing your stress. When I say to treat yourself, I don’t want to imply that spending large amounts of money helps, but treating yourself to a massage, a really nice dinner, a good bottle of wine or a sweet treat, is a great reward and mental booster.
It’s one of many life’s pleasures and there is nothing wrong with taking care of yourself by doing something nice for yourself which inevitably will help relieve the overall stress. | FACT: I usually buy home decor because it just makes me happy.
#4 |Write It Down
I can’t speak enough on how journaling has changed my life, my health, and my well being. You can pour your thoughts out in a journal or type it on a blank page and just get that stress out of your system.
Whether it’s a rant, a complete brain dump or how you would have done things better. Whatever it is … write it down and get it out of your system. It may not seem like it but you are giving your brain and your body the best therapy ever. | TIP: Journal at least once a week to see your progress.
#5 |Give Yourself Another Focus
If you’re constantly stressing about … your stress then maybe it’s time to direct your attention to other things. Whether it’s taking a walk, listening to an uplifting podcast, reading, taking a class, or working on a craft.
You can melt your stress away by training your brain to focus on other things until your ready to deal with your stressful situation. | FACT: I clean and organize to help relieve my stress because when I’m cleaning or working, I push everything out of my head.
I know it seems farfetched but applying some of these tools and having a clear focus on your present situation can help you deal with just about anything that life throws your way.
I am no expert and I don’t claim to be … I’m only a single Mom that had to make decisions and life choices alone. I know what stress is but I also know — good or bad, it’s a part of life and learning to deal with it … is the best part of life. — Wye
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