5 ways to make sure you're stress free this year
Dodging stress is impossible. Things happen periodically beyond our control that can cause us to break down, feel hopeless and absolutely stressed. It happens! Personally, I have gotten to a point in my life where I went from “WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME OUT OF ALL PEOPLE” to “Okay, what can I learn from this and how can I manage it.” You see, I went from being out of control, to controlling what I was able to control, and you can probably imagine how that has made a world of a change for me when it came to situations that I was not prepared for. I’m going to share with you some tips on how to manage your stress, rather than letting stress manage you.
I can’t STRESS this enough! When you’re in the middle of a breakdown or in a messy situation, can you just image what a messy space contributes? It contributes clutter not only in your home, but in your mind. A cluttered space will physically weigh you down and make you tired without you even knowing it. This is because you know in the back of your mind that your space need to be cleaned, and you are already thinking about how too tired you are to take care of it. Just GET IT OUT OF THE WAY! Once you have cleaned your space, start taking accountability over your day. Create a TO DO list, schedule your time by the hour and really start taking control over the things that you can.
Researches have found that meditating just several minutes a day can alter your brains natural pathway so that you can recover better from stress and reduce anxiety. Check out my favorite app to meditate to. Insights Timer app. On here you can choose different options to meditate on, whether you need help sleeping, manage anxiety or want to visualize a better future for yourself.
Surround yourself with loved ones
You ever notice that when you are around people you love and people that love you, that you have this overwhelming feeling of joy and happiness? Sometimes, that’s all we need in order to get ourselves a step out of the funk that we are in. Call a few of your friends or family members up, go out for a good time or set time aside to enjoy each others company for a night indoors.
When was the last time that you did nothing? Everyday you go so hard working on yourself and your goals, but when was the last time you slowed it down to rest? When was the last time you had a day of relaxing self care and just showed love to yourself? Saying no to things you don’t want to do, and yes to things you do want to do? I like to compare a rest day to resting between workout circuits. You take a rest between your reps so that you can give your all in the next round. Take a rest day so that you can give your all in the next phase of your work day. Besides, you work so much better and produce better results with a well rested mind.
5. Get Active
Not only can working out help with issues regarding fatigue, but it can also help when it comes to boosting your good energy, clearing mental fog, boost your creativity, change your mindset to focus on great outcomes, boosts self confidence, need I say more? If you are new to working out, start little by little. Walking, then strength training and muscle building (if you’re into that). Change your life with a good workout plan and a coach! I was able to see a massive change in my life when I started working out early, but most importantly when I hired a coach to virtually train me. Best trainer I have ever had in my life! The discipline and motivation trickled down to personal challenges in my life in which I was able to handle and manage in a more effective way. You can contact her here for a super great rate: www.healthiskei.com
6. Practice Gratitude
When you start focusing on issues, you attract more issues and stress. When you focus on your blessings and the good things that happen in your life, you cannot help but to be thankful for where you are today. Just take a look back at where you were several years ago. You might have thought you would never make it out of a certain situation, but you did! I personally keep a gratitude journal to write down everyday things I am grateful for. When I get down, sometimes I read through my journal and just sit back and realized how blessed I truly am! So take a quick moment, and write down 3 things you are grateful for. Do this everyday and watch the circumstances in your life begin to change.