I know, I know. Stress has it’s way of finding us… always. No matter how hard you intend to avoid it. It’s very easy to become stressed out after a long, draining, day at work or when you wake up in the morning and realize you have several different things you need to achieve today. I am almost always feeling “stressed out” and it’s not a very fun way to live! So, this year I intend to “de-stress” myself on a day to day basis. Here’s how I plan on doing so, and how you can, too:
1. Walk away from drama, gracefully.
I do not like gossiping, drama, or even judging people. That is just not my style. Drama does nothing for anyone. So whenever I’m faced with a dramatic situation, rather than becoming a part of it, I intend to just walk away and mind my own business. I don’t talk about, I don’t spread rumors, I just leave it and move on with my day (especially if it doesn’t even affect me). This always helps me, and I don’t plan on changing.
2. Detach yourself from the habit of taking things personal.
This is a bad habit of mine. I take things personally on a regular basis. I literally find myself doing it all. the. time. If something isn’t even aimed in my direction, I stand in front of that line until the arrow is pointed at me. I always feel like something is my fault, even when it isn’t. It’s horrible! So no more, I say. No more.
3. Decide what matters and what doesn’t.
Some things just do not matter. Realize what isn’t and pay attention to the things that actually do. Learning to let go is heavenly. Once you learn to do so, life will become so much easier and less stressful. Trust me! Identify what is important and what isn’t. It can really make a difference.
4. Focus on the positive.
There’s a lot more positivity than you realize. And I mean a lot more! Allow yourself to become more open-minded so you can see the things you once could not. Let go of the negativity. Don’t let it take ahold of you. Life is too short! Positivity is key to every day happiness! Feel free to read my blog posts:
20 Habits Of Happy Women
5 Ways To Create Happiness in 2019
Seek Happiness, Always
5. Spend time with supportive, loving people.
Walk away from the people who are the opposite, they are no good for you. You definitely don’t need them in your life. My main focus is my son, my fiance, and my parents. They are the closest to me and they love me more than anyone else. They have nothing but good intentions for me and I appreciate them with all my heart. You should be able to tell who is supportive of you and who is just sitting on the side-lines waiting for you to fall. So pay attention and make the necessary changes.
6. Take a deep breath when needed.
Close your eyes. Breathe in, breathe out. Take a moment of silence and think. Take a break if you need it. Tend to yourself mentally. I know when you’re caught up in the moment it might be hard to realize, but everything is going to be okay. Head up, sweetie!
7. Embrace self-discipline.
You are not always right. Learn to take the blame. Admit your faults and realize when you are wrong. Know when to apologize and fix things when needed. Self-discipline can be very hard to conquer, so practice and repeat. You’ll get there, love.
8. Take small daily steps.
Things take time. But if you put the effort in, you will get what you desire accomplished. If less stress is the goal, work on it day by day and eventually you will start seeing the results. Keep at it and become happier with yourself and your life. The results will be very awarding. Read my post 20 Good Morning Affirmations for a great start every day!
9. Just do your best and appreciate it.
I know you’re doing your best. I know you’re trying. I know it can be hard some days. But overrall, be appreciative. Understand that your best is what you’re doing and feel good about it. Don’t beat yourself up just because you slip and have one bad day. Move on. Become determined to make the best of the next one and keep going.
10. Remain humble.
According to Google, the definition of humble is having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance. You are not better than anyone. You are not more important than the next person. You do not matter more than anyone else. We are all human. Don’t forget that!
11. Practice gratitude.
Everyone has something to be thankful for. So, be grateful! Remind yourself of what you have. Don’t focus on what you think you need. Because chances are, you don’t. Read this related article if you have your doubts, A Bad Day Doesn’t Mean A Bad Life.
12. Trust your intuition.
Have a certain feeling about something, whether it’s good or bad? Trust yourself. Do what you think is best. A lot of people may think this is silly, but too many times have I had a gut feeling about a certain person or situation and it ended up being correct. Don’t battle with yourself, listen to yourself!
13. Keep sanity in your schedule.
Stay sane. Don’t allow anything to trigger your anger. Don’t allow anything to disturb your inner peace. Don’t overdo it, mentally. Don’t keep going until you eventually reach that point of burnout. There is always tomorrow!
14. Take off your mask.
Don’t be afraid! Always be yourself and don’t worry about what the next person may say or think about you. It’s no fun wearing a mask. The change you’ll feel after removing yours will be undoubtedly fulfilling. It can be stressful trying to be someone your not, so don’t! Free yourself.
15. Fill your life with experiences, not things.
Go out to that new restaurant you’ve been dying to try. Take your child to the new park that was just built right down the road. Take the vacation you’ve been thinking about for the last couple months. Getting out of the house can be rejuvenating and exciting. There’s always something new to try or a place you’ve never gone before. De-stress yourself and unwind.
Here are some books that may be helpful if you find it hard to stay away from stress:
Thank you for reading! What habits do you practice to lessen stress?