We all feel it at times, some of us more than others, and it’s a dirty little six letter word: S.T.R.E.S.S.
It crawls inside of us and makes its home there when we have to do too many things at once, or some emotional turmoil is getting the best of us, or we just haven’t slept for a while for whatever reason, or… you name it! We were never created to do it all and we just can’t handle all that is on our plate, no matter how hard we try. But even that is stressful for most of us.
And this kind of low-level constant stress is just plain bad for us. It messes with our hormones, digestive system, eating habits, and so much more.
That being said, it’s not like we have no way out. There is always a little something that we can do, and that tiny little sense of control we get through these simple actions will alleviate some of that nasty stress.
Here are three manageable and realistic action tips–things that you actually can DO to lower your stress levels:
Others can help too! When we feel that everything is up to us, we feel stressed. I know, I know, maybe your child won’t make the bed as well as you would have, or your spouse won’t buy the exact can of green beans you sent him to the store to get, but in the long run, you will feel better if you let others help.
Slow down! Two minutes, that’s all! Just take two minutes to be on your own–the bathroom is a great place for that. Call it meditation time, or decompressing chamber, or whatever you want. For me, it is my daily prayer walk outside or on my treadmill. Use this time to evaluate your priorities, pray, breathe deep or just look at something pretty.
Stop stressing over what you can change–just do it! If you stress over the dirty dishes in the sink in the morning, do them at night. If you stress over an inbox filled with unimportant emails, unsubscribe! There are things that you have no control over, but there are many that you can change. Simply do them–you will be so glad you did!
BALANCE is the key to stress management.
Work must be balanced with fun.
Life is too short to not let yourself enjoy all of it!