Tuesday, July 24, 2018

{how to manage stress}


Have you ever been so overwhelmed that you can't form a sentence, want to just cry and scream at the same time, and little tasks become too much to handle? I'm sure you're all nodding with me right now... Yep. Stress is a person's response to an increased amount of stimuli and a feeling of being unbalanced. It can be a real pain in the booty!





















Over the past couple of weeks I've had an increased amount of stress in my life. Between work, the blog, managing travel, and family things I found myself overwhelmed on a constant basis. I began to lose sight of myself a bit and had to step back to reevaluate. I've experienced a lot of intense stress in my life (mainly while dealing with my dad being sick) so I try to keep myself in check on a daily basis but since I've had some big life changes lately things have felt a little out of whack.

I have to remind myself to try and figure out what exactly is causing all this stress. Is it a deadline at work? Then I need to create a game plan and break it down. Am I feeling pressure to create better blog content? Then I need to cut out those sources that are causing me to compare myself. A lot of times that's the very beginning of a solution and then I have to help myself move forward:

SLEEP // I feel like this is the cure for almost anything. A lot of my stress becomes aggravated by a lack of sleep - I make myself go to bed earlier so that I can actually fall asleep at a decent time and try to quiet my brain. When I get more hours in a night my brain feels less foggy.

MOVE YOUR BODY // This probably sounds obvious! But when I'm stressed the last thing I want to do is spend time working out "when I could be doing something"... wrong! Going to a workout class or spending an hour walking home is the best therapy you can ask for! It pumps your body full of endorphins and creates a total distraction for your brain. The more consistent I am with working out and getting a good sweat in the less likely I am to be taken over by stress.

POSITIVE THINKING // I can be very very hard on myself... to the point where I lose my normal optimistic self. I've started writing 3 things that make me smile in a small notebook every morning. That way I am reminded of the little joys in life! I also set "words of intention" every Monday morning and carry them through the week. I'll write them on my bathroom mirror so I can see it every morning while getting dressed for work. It can be something as simple as "honesty" - a reminder to be true to myself. It sets the tone for a great week and I like looking back through my notebook on the littlest things that made me smile (some days it's really good macaroni haha).

SAY NO // Simple. Over planning your schedule doesn't leave time for you and the little things that need to get accomplished like laundry, grocery shopping, or writing a thank you note!

TAKE YOURSELF ON A DATE // On that note... say no so that you can take time for yourself. Self love is SO important. A bubble bath with a glass of rose and a face mask is my favorite! Just give yourself some time to do one thing that really makes you happy and isn't a chore!

PLAN IT ALL OUT // If your stress is caused by feeling disorganized then grab a notebook and write it all down. I leave one next to my bed so that I can do a brain dump at night (sometimes I'll wake up in the middle of the night with an idea even). Jot down your packing list, to-do list, grocery list, record song lyrics, write a recipe, etc! Getting something down on paper allows you to categorize things and not forget them when you think "what was the thing I thought about buying this morning?"

GET SUPPORT // This is the most important one... find someone that you can talk to or vent to. A lot of times I just need someone to listen to me. Once I get my emotions off my chest I feel a lot better and saying it out loud helps me understand why I'm feeling the way I am.


Love Always,

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