Stress, it happens to all of us from time to time. Occasionally stress is our friend, helping us to be alert or perform at our peak – mostly though stress places a huge amount of pressure on our health from our emotional to our physical wellbeing, triggering dysfunction where there was none, or exacerbating pre-existing conditions.
If you don’t have the time to meditate non-stop for three days or yoga’s not really your thing, try incorporating these tips when you’re ‘in the moment’.
1. Detatch Yourself – sometimes dealing with stress means not dealing with it right in that exact moment. If you’re in a situation where a job just simply has to be done, or the child is throwing the tantrums of all tantrums in the shops you just gotta get on with things! Detatching and going on auto-pilot can help you get through the motions until you can reach the time and space where you can properly deal with and process your emotions.
2. Ask A Question – asking questions can unlock possibilities we hadn’t considered before and change our perspective on a situation. Try
“What’s right about this I’m not getting?”
It will highlight the positives and spur you into channeling the stress in a beneficial way.
3. Write It Down – half the time my stress stems from a fear of forgetting things! If you have a lot of things to do and a lot of places to be, write it down! I use a big calendar/ planner on my fridge, for others it could be utilizing your iPhone calendar (maybe syncing with your partner or kids), keeping a diary or simply writing a To-Do list. Write it down as you think of it, it’ll take the pressure off trying to keep it all in your head. Bonus points for ticking off items on the list – it’s super satisfying!
4. Take 5 OR Do The Dishes – people seem to forever be suggesting a cup of tea or taking 5 as a way to deal with stress. Mostly I find it more relaxing when the job I need to do is completed! So if taking 5 doesn’t calm your farm (you spend the whole time thinking about those dishes piled up) then smash out your task to some good music and then take pleasure in looking at your sparkling house once completed. Either way is not right or wrong, right? Just different things float our boats as individuals.
5. Say Yes More And Say No More – say yes to some of the things you’d like to do, things that make you happy and things that are maybe not necessarily productive. Things you put off to accommodate all those tasks we have in life. Then say no more to the things you are maybe only doing out of a feeling of obligation and that aren’t life or death priorities. The commonality with these two sides of the coin? DON’T FEEL GUILTY FOR EITHER! If you are polite and sincere and not just being a total flake 100% of the time people won’t mind if you can’t make every single invitation, and you can recharge those batteries.
I have another 5 tips up my sleeve, perhaps for another post… If you’ve got a favourite way to tackle stress please comment below and share with the community, we’d love to hear it!
Glow for life,