Stress manifests its way into nearly aspect of our lives at one point or another and it comes from every direction – work, home, relationships, driving on the road… it’s everywhere!
Further to this, as humans we tend to take not stressful situations and turn them into something stressful. We feel this sense of pressure or obligation to do or be certain ways, and when we can’t meet those expectations, we stress out!
Partner this self-imposed stress with all the other stuff that is actually stressful and wow it’s a recipe for disaster. You see the problem is, that the more stress we accumulate in our life, the more it starts to compound and impact things and people outside ourselves.
So let’s address that – one small piece of advice at a time.
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1. Know Your Triggers
We all have certain situations, places, people, or activities that cause us more stress than not. Can you relate?
Be it certain people we deal with at work, maybe certain family members, particular social situations, certain places that cause us to get stressed out & we need to know what they are. Not so we can avoid them (wouldn’t that be nice), but so that we can face these stressors head on.
This step is arguably most important, because once you know what causes you stress you can actually work to address it and…
2. Develop your own list of “stress stoppers”
- Deep breathing
- Reading a book
- Taking a walk
- Listening to music
- Go to the gym
- Have a nap
- Take a bath
These activities are examples of one that can quickly become your go-to moves for defusing stress. Doing things you love is a great way to distract you from what you’re not enjoying, and bring you some of those feel good hormones you receive when you have a good time.
It’s simple. When stress makes you feel bad, do something that feels good.
And if you’re thinking “I’m stressed because I don’t have enough time!” Remember that it doesn’t have to be an hour of your day, it can be 10 minutes – distract, recenter, and you’re done.
3. Prioritize Your Wellbeing
At the end of the day, this all comes down to you. Knowing your limits, recognizing your needs, and being honest with yourself. If you struggle with self care, I highly recommend you check out this podcast episode all about putting yourself first.
I say there, and I will keep saying it: SELF-CARE IS NOT SELFISH. There’s no need to continue to give & give if it is coming at the cost of your own wellbeing.
In fact, the very first step to becoming less stressed is to know when it’s time to say “Hey everyone, back off!”. You are 100% more useful and helpful to everyone else only if you have looked after yourself first.
You want to be less stressed? Start by asking yourself – what do I need right now?