I wish we could live in a stress free world; however, we are bombarded with stress on a daily basis. We are faced with deadlines at work, kids’ schedules, homework, and a million other different things! Stress is all around us. However, the key is to learn to deal with stress so we can live less anxious life.
I used to walk around stressed out all the time. My muscles were constantly tense, my migraines were coming fast and furious. I felt like a wrecking ball swinging back and forth. The worst part, I was taking it out on my kids, and I was showing them the wrong way to deal with stress.
Who wants to be with a cranky, grouchy and stressed out mom? Nobody! Especially not my children. It was ruining our relationship which was making me even more stressed out! I had to do something.
So during during therapy, we started working on ways I could deal with stress more effectively. It did not happen over night but I can share with you how I am far less stressed. I don’t fret the small stuff. I have less panic attacks. I have better relationships with my kids and my husband. There is a sense a peace and calm around the house instead of chaos and craziness!
The first thing, I strongly recommend is to use some sort of planning system, either a paper or an electronic planner. I am paper planner kind of girl. Each Saturday, I sit down and plan out my week and plug in all the mandatory things that I have to attend for the week. I write my daily personal and my business “to do” lists. I even write down me time in there and dates with my husband. Everything goes in the planner! I live and breath by my planner. It helps me stay organized in my professional and personal life.
Next, I recommend writing in a journal to clear your thoughts and to reflect about what you are thankful for each day. When you sit and write about what you are grateful for it relieves stress and helps you focus less on yourself. If you struggle to find what to journal about, you can find journaling prompts on Pinterest or even a guided journal. I write in my journal everyday. It helps me reflect on all the good that is going on in my life and work through the struggles that I might be experiencing.
Another suggestion is to practice self-care. We all need downtime. It might be as simple as taking a walk or reading a book. Women often feel guilty for taking for time for themselves; however, you can’t pour from an empty cup. You must put your oxygen mask on first before you can help others. I take 30-40 a day to workout. It is an absolute necessity for my health and wellness. I do it for me and for my kids. I am teaching them they need to take care of themselves so they can care for others.
I struggle at night to sleep, so one thing I do is listen to meditation and within minutes I am out. There are numerous apps out there to use or you can simply go to YouTube and type in Sleep Meditation. I like Jason Stephenson. I also do a an morning affirmation meditation in the before I workout to set the tone of my day.
Finally, I have learned to be an early bird. I wake up two hours before my kids so that I have time to myself in the morning to prepare for my day and workout. I am less rushed and more calm when I go to wake them. Our mornings run more smoothly. With that being said, I now go to bed early. I strive to get 7 hours of sleep each night. I am more focused and less stressed now.
Stress is inevitable; however, with these tips and tricks that I have learned over the years I am much calmer and much more fun to be around!
I would love to hear what you to do to conquer stress or if you try any of my tips.