The topic of my post today is all about stress. We’ve all endured stress at some point. Some stress is actually supposed to be healthy for you, but for the most part stress can be unpleasant. I felt this would be a perfect topic to discuss since I have been dealing with my own personal stress of coping with my father's death recently.
Here are ways I try to cope with stress
1. What is Causing Your Stress?
I think in order to reduce your stress, you have to know what’s causing.
2. Finding A Balance
Are you overwhelming yourself with multiple daily tasks or do you feel overwhelmed by daily tasks? If so, you probably need to find a balance with daily activities and responsibilities in your life. I try to prioritize the more important elements versus the least important elements in my life. By doing this I keep things in perspective. Remember, your only one person and you can’t do everything or be everywhere all at once. Try not to exhaust yourself.
3. Get Rest
Ok, I don’t want to be a hyprocrite lol since I struggle with this tip. I’m working on getting more rest and sleep this year. I find that lack of rest and sleep can really equal a cranky mood. I know it can difficult to get rest you’re stressed, but you should also find a balance with your rest and sleep patterns just like you would with any other daily activities.
4. Have a Support System/Keep a Journal
When I’m feeling stressed, I try to talk about what is bothering me with people in my life I know who are there for me :) I don’t always discuss everything that’s bothering me, but venting does help me feel better. If you’re not a person who likes talking about your feelings, with a friend, family member, counselor etc, you could try writing down in a journal. It’s not really healthy to keep your feeling bottled up, and besides it will likely add to your stress.
5. Take Time For Yourself
This is one of my favorite things to do when I need to de-stress. I usually take a bubble bath, watch some of my favorite DVD's or TV shows, or my favorite thing of all...RETAIL THERAPY!!! When I do a little retail therapy, I don't go overboard. I make a budget I before I go shopping and I try not to overspend. Oh the joys of shopping!
There are various healthy ways to de-stress, just make sure you find some joy it. I hope my coping with stress tips help! How do you cope with stress?
Thanks for reading!