How To Manage Stress In A Crazy World

How To Manage Stress In A Crazy World

 

Some people might think that you can’t manage stress because stress is just something part of your everyday life. But feeling stressed out all the time can affect every other part of your life like the way you think, communicate, and function. Simply realizing that the reins are in your hands will allow you to take back control of your thoughts and emotions. Health runs deeper than exercise and nutrition. To truly be healthy, I feel like you have to be in a positive headspace. Just like exercise, stress is not a one size fits all. I understand not all of the tips below will work for everyone, but they help me when I’m feeling stressed or anxious.

 

Stress Tip 1- Keep A Journal

It’s easy to overlook your thoughts and emotions throughout the day. Write as many details down when you get stressed out. What made the situation stressful? How did you feel? And how did you react to the situation? Keeping a daily journal can help you notice any similar patterns. For example if stress arises towards the end of your day, maybe you can start going for evening walks.

 

Stress Tip 2- Create Lists & Prioritize

Realize that not everything will be crossed off your list. Unfortunately everyone leaves this world with plenty of tasks uncrossed. Creating to-do lists can help you figure out what needs to get done now and what can wait until tomorrow. I like to write the most important tasks at the top of my list so I know where my attention should be.

Stress Tip 3- Move Your Body!

I know the last thing I want to do when I am stressed out is get off the couch. But physical activity helps your body release endorphins, which can give you a happy distraction. Take a walk around your neighbor, put some music on and dance around the livingroom, or go for a bike ride. You don’t need to do some intense weight lifting program, just get that blood flowing.

 

Stress Tip 4- Make Time For Yourself

Rest and relaxation are so important for your physical and mental health. Self care is thought of as a luxury, but it should be a daily priority. Take some time out of your day to draw, practice yoga, or do anything you enjoy. I also love to look up hilarious compilations of old Vines to stress less. Finding the humor in situations and not taking life too seriously is a great way to smile more and escape from the pressure of life.

Stress Tip 5- Use Your Time Wisely

A lot of the time it’s not the deadline that stresses us out. It’s our procrastinating that drives us mad. Of course there are only a certain number of hours in the day, but you can use them to your advantage. I like to make lists! I write down everything I need or want to accomplish in the order of importance. It’s easy to waste our time with mindless busy work. But if we focus our time on getting the big things done first, we’ll reach our goals faster. I also like to break tasks up into smaller projects. This helps my brain not feel so overwhelmed.

 

Stress Tip 6- There’s a Time To Say No

Oftentimes we think we can take on way more than we can actually handle. We are naturally people pleasers. But you have to remember that you cannot make everyone happy. You also can’t be in more than one place at a time. Deciding what you value most will help you figure out where to allocate your time.

 

Stress Tip 7- Learn To Forgive

You have to accept the fact that not everything is going to be perfect all the time. Learn to forgive each other and let things go. If you hold onto grudges, you’ll hold on to negative energy and ain’t nobody got time for that. You’re doing yourself a disservice by keeping hate in your heart. Rember, everyone is going through their own battles, so let that shit go. You’re also going to let yourself down from time to time, so forgive and move on with your life.

 

Stress Tip 8- But First, Heal

Starting an exercise program is a lot of extra stress on the body. If you are at a time in your life when you are feeling high levels of stress, don’t jump into any intense training. It might be in your best interest to get your mental space in a positive, less anxious place. Meditation, yoga, walks, and jogs are a great place to start.

Stress Tip 9- Clean!

Honey, when my area is a mess, my life feels like it’s a mess. For me, all I’ll be able to concentrate on is how dirty my house is or how I should organize my car. I’ve learned and developed a habit to clean up my space before I go to sleep. It helps sets the tone of the day when I wake up to an organized, tidy house.

 

 

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4 Things That Will Improve Your Life & Happiness

4 Ways To Improve Your Life!

 

Someone cuts you off in traffic and you spill your coffee all over your clean shirt. We’ve all been there and know how easy a good day can turn bad. Between stress at work, school deadlines, family and friends, it seems like everyone is after your happiness. In times when all seems wrong, here are 4 tips to help you turn that frown upside down. Practicing these mindful tips will also help improve your life and overall happiness!

 

Tip 1: Be Grateful

Stop complaining so much and appreciate how blessed you are every single day. This may seem challenging sometime because it’s so easy to look at all the things that go wrong during the day. So crack open a notebook and find a pen from under the couch and list 5 things you are grateful for right now.

 

 

Tip 2: Be Your Own Bestie

Stop relying on other people to fill the void or loneliness. Instead, learn to be your own best friend. I know there have been many times in my life where I filled my schedule up with seeing family and friends or going out as much as I could. But over the years, I have learned to appreciate my alone time. You spend more time with yourself than anyone else so might as well enjoy it.

 

 

Tip 3: Surround Yourself With Love

Drop kick the people who don’t bring positivity to your life. Okay, no drop kicking allowed, but don’t waste your time with those people. If someone isn’t supporting you, they are against you. Maybe if you can’t just kick someone out of your life, limit your time with that person and surround yourself with people who want to see you grow and blossom.

 

 

Tip 4: Shut Off The Tech

Turn off the tv and social media every once in a while. Our brains are always craving stimulation, but turning things off for a bit can have positive effects on your mind. Whether you mediate or spend time with someone special, I challenge you to turn off the technology at least 30 minutes a day for a week straight.

 

 

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Self Care Ideas: 5 Tips For Taking Care Of You!

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Self Care Ideas & Tips for Taking Care of You!

Hey ladies! Self-love is one of those things that if you can conquer, you can handle anything that comes your way. Being able to just be happy with ourselves is an irreplaceable feeling. But learning to love and accept your strengthens and weaknesses can be a challenge. I am on my self-love journey and wanted to share a few tips that help me feel my best. Here are some helpful self care ideas! 

 

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Pamper Yourself

Give yourself a manicure or pedi. Something about having a fresh paint job makes me feel all that is woman. Personally, I’m not talented to do them myself, so I go to the salon. But if you prefer to do them at home, give yourself the ultimate spa experience. Fill up the tub with bubbles and light those candles! If you like getting your hair done, treat yourself to a blowout. Maybe try some highlights or a stylish lob. Sometimes when I’m feeling low, I like to put together a really great outfit and do my hair and makeup. We usually feel a little better if we look better, so why not look your best?

 

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Rock A Bare Face

Try not to wear makeup every single day. Set at least 1-2 days out of the week that you don’t beat your face. If you want youthful, glowing skin, you’re going to need to let your skin breathe. I know it’s hard to put down the paintbrush (especially when all these 14-year-olds are looking 25). Maybe on the weekends or any day you’re just hanging out at home, give your skin a little break and just be natural.

 

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Give Yourself A Love Stretch

Ever find yourself sitting around at home and you just feel like you need a little something to bring balance to your day? Instead of fighting it, roll out the yoga mat and stretch it all out for a few minutes to clear your noggin. Stretching allows you to be in the moment and help you de-stress. Also, most of the time we are sitting all day at a desk or the car, so it’s important for our posture and overall health to get in a few minutes of stretch time.

 

 

Tidy Up Your Space

Even if you live in the tiniest apartment, take pride in the space that belongs to you. When my house is clean, I feel more motivated and focused to get other projects done. If I’m trying to work in a room that is unorganized and filthy, I will not get much accomplished. Take a few minutes out of your day to keep things clean and in their place. When you keep your house clean, you don’t need to clean anything (which is another check mark on your to-do list).

 

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Journal Your Heart Out

Keeping a journal on hand is a great way to organize your thoughts, goals, and to-do list. A lot can be accomplished with a notebook and pen. Being able to physically mark things off your list can motivate you to get stuff done. If you have goals, write them. If you don’t have goals, create them and write it down. Journaling is such a powerful tool we take for granted. Got something you need to get off your chest? Write it out. Need to prioritize your day? Write it out. I think you get the idea.

 

 

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