Stress. None of us want it, some of us thrive under it, and yes, others just want to run away from it. But stress seems somewhat a fact of life in these days.
It doesn’t have to be though. I’ve tried lot’s of things over the years, and am now the least stressed I have ever been…or should I say, I am now able to MANAGE my stress a lot better so that it doesn’t effect me detrimentally or give me the appearance of a crazy lady.
So now it’s time to kick stress in the ass with these stress management tips.
Ah exercise. Okay, it may be the last thing you want to do – I admit that I have bouts of real laziness or tend to forget about exercise because I’m connected to my laptop… but once you get out for some exercise, well, those good old the endorphins kick in and you do actually feel SOOOOO much better! Seriously!
By exercise I’m not talking about flogging yourself at the gym – I gave that up years ago because I was overdoing it (as I tend to do!). No, I’m talking about something as simple as a nice walk. It can make the world of good.
The point is to find a form of exercise that works for you – something you actually enjoy! You don’t want to stress yourself out at the thought of dragging yourself to some martial arts or aerobics class. Don’t like running? Try walking along the beach of something gentle like Hatha yoga. Don’t like the gym? Why not try pole dancing or roller derby. There is seriously something for everyone – you just have to look!
Take a break
You’re no good to anyone when you’re exhausted. Trust me. I’ve burnt out at least 3 times and it’s never a good thing.
These days I need to manage my fatigue on an ongoing basis and I blame the fact that I lived in a state of chronic stress for such a long time.
Make the TIME to take your breaks – especially at work.
Take morning tea and lunch breaks. Finish on time. Take your holidays. You are not super human, no matter how much you think you are.
Let your hair down
When was the last time you had fun? When was the last time you laughed so hard your belly hurt.
Seriously, what is life without F U N? So go on, make it your mission to inject some fun into every week – every day even!
Here are some suggestions:
- Break out your dodgy moves and hit the dance floor for a lesson or a night on the town
- Have a laugh (or cringe) on a night out at a comedy club with friends
- Lawn bowls – I’m serious! Tried it a few weeks ago with friends and we pissed ourselves laughing for hours. The bowls club also had cheap drinks – now that’s a win!
- Hit the skating rink – when was it you last went roller skating or ice skating?
- Laser tag, anyone?
- What about belly dancing, pole dancing, or burlesque lessons?
- Fill up the tank, crank up the tunes and hit the open road for a good old road trip.
Make a change
A change is as good as a holiday, or so they say. If you struggle to get out of bed every morning you need to sit up and ask yourself some serious questions:
- Are you living the life you were meant to be living?
- Are you doing what you love?
- What do you really want to do?
- What are you passionate about?
- Are you compromising your values or integrity somehow?
Life is way too short to waste in the drudgery of dragging yourself around every day. Make a change and rediscover that lust for life and spring in your step!
Turn OFF your phone. CLOSE the laptop. Switch OFF the TV. Walk away and take some time to just be. Although unplugging is easier said than done right!
Seriously though, unplugging can be beneficial for your health in a number of ways, and so why not give it a go by trying these:
- Introduce a technology curfew for yourself. Start with 7.30am-8.00pm and then slowly close the gap
- Decrease the amount of times you ‘check in’ throughout the day
- Removing your email accounts and Facebook from your phone. It’s a huge step, but oh so liberating!
- Turn off the wifi…
Learn to say no
One of the main reasons we experience stress is because we are doing something that we don’t really want to do or because what we are doing isn’t aligned to our own personal values. If this is you then learning to say no is one of the most important things you need to do.
Make this promise to yourself – if you are the tiniest bit reluctant to do something then say no.
That is, if it’s not a HELL YES then its a HELL NO!
Managing stress is all about managing your own wellbeing – both mentally and physically, and the best way to do this is to restore and maintain a realistic sense of balance in your life, and you are the only one who can do this.
After all, you have the POWER!