Let’s face it … stress is an everyday circumstance. It’s a part of our lives [good or bad] whether we want it or not. How big a part it plays is up to the player. My stress was … and still is specific to what’s happening in my life. It’s pretty much ongoing but I’ve learned how to deal with it + so it doesn’t eclipse my life. Even on your happiest day [i.e., weddings + or other events] there is still stress playing a part in that event. When my daughter was younger and money was tight I would get worked up when the mail came because that meant bills that I couldn’t pay. Whenever I have meetings at work and I’m dealing with a worry-some individual or attendees + I get stressed. So I know the part it can play + and not dealing with it has it’s own problems.
Over the years I’ve learned a few ways to help deal with + and relieve some of my stress. It’s not going anywhere + but now I don’t get anxiety and that sinking feeling about the things that I can’t control.
Face it Head On
I’ve found that the more I put off dealing with something stressful + the more it builds + and the more troublesome it becomes. Dealing with expected and unexpected stress head on is the best way [for me] to address it. Doing this allows you to control the outcome + so your not worrying about what could’ve or should’ve happened. Basically … “Man Up” and Oliva-Pope that thang. | FACT: Man Up is defined as … be brave or tough enough to deal with an unpleasant situation. – Dictionary.com
Keep a Clear Head|Stay Focused
A clear head is a level one + and even if you don’t know what’s coming staying focused when that stressful moment is approaching puts you ahead of the game. This way you see it + acknowledge it + and then deal with it accordingly. It’s not going to benefit you in any way to get worked up about a situation. Keep that cool head and you will be able to handle anything that comes your way. | QUOTE: My key to dealing with stress is simple: just stay cool and stay focused. – Ashton Eaton
Basically … take care of you. You are the important factor. I’m not talking about going on a crazy shopping spree + but maybe treating your self to a massage + a really nice dinner + a good bottle of wine + or a sweet treat. It’s one of many life’s pleasures + and there is nothing wrong with taking care of yourself by doing something nice for yourself + which inevitably will help relieve the overall stress. | FACT: I usually buy home decor + it just makes me happy.
Write It Down
I can’t speak enough on how journaling has changed my life + my health + and my well being. You can pour your thoughts out in a journal or type it on a blank page and just get that stress out of your system. Whether it’s a rant + a complete brain dump + or how you would have done things better. Whatever it is … write it down and get it out. It may not seem like it but you are giving your brain + and your body the best therapy ever. | TIP: Journal at least once a week to see your progress.
Give Yourself Another Focus
If your constantly stressing about … your stress + then maybe it’s time to direct your attention to other things. Whether it’s taking a walk + listening to an uplifting podcast + reading + taking a class + or working on a craft. You can melt your stress away by training your brain to focus on other things until your ready to deal with your stressful situation. | FACT: I clean + and organize to help relieve my stress + because when I do these tasks I push everything out of my head.
I know it seems farfetched + but applying some of these tools + and having a clear focus on your present situation can help you deal with just about anything that life throws your way. I am no expert + and I don’t claim to be + I’m only a single Mom + that had to make decisions + and life choices alone. I know what stress is but I also know good or bad it’s a part of life + and learning to deal with it … is the best part of life. — Wye
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