Remember when you were a kid? When you used to be so carefree? Back when you used to just laugh and live at every moment? Unfortunately, as we grow older, we often lose sight of that attitude. We forget how to live and we let all those negative things rule and take control of our lives. I mean, it’s not our fault, oftentimes, stress just gets the best of us.
When I was a kid, I always thought that life was easy, that life was a breeze but as I grew older and the more stressful life became, I kept telling myself that I was wrong. Stress can get the best of us – we let it stop us from living every moment. Maybe I was wrong in thinking that life would be easy but I also know that I made a huge mistake in thinking that life would always be ruled by stress. Stress is inevitable but that doesn’t mean that we have to live with it every day and let it control us. So, that’s why today, I have decided to gather 4 simple tips that will help you manage everyday stress.
Accept that you can’t control everything
Oftentimes, the reason why stress gets to us, is because we always assume that everything will go our way. In reality, things will not always go our way, there are many things in life that we have zero control over. We can’t always control the outcome of everything, we can’t control how other people feel or how other people see us. Sometimes, the only thing that we can control is the effort that we exert and our attitude towards the outcome. Instead of stressing over the things that are beyond your control, focus all that energy on the things that you can control.
Learn to find a different perspective
I know most of you might already know (since I may have mentioned this in other blog topics) that I used to work in a very toxic and stressful environment. I dreaded every bit of it. I used to hide in rest room cubicles and cry. Then one day, I over heard this co-worker talking to someone about how stressful this job is for her and her friend’s response really hit me. She said, that no matter what type of job you have, “stress will always be there, stress will always be a part of life – it’s how you look at it that matters” and for me she was right. Stress will always be present, it’s really up to you on how you will take it. So, the next time that you encounter a stressful situation, try to look at it a different perspective – don’t just focus on the one that’s dragging you down.
Give yourself a break
We always like to push ourselves and sometimes all that pushing can feel very productive – until you’re exhausted, overwhelmed and stressed. Remember, that we are not designed to go 24/7/365. If you keep pushing yourself every single day, this will eventually be very hard on you, both physically and mentally. That is why it is very crucial to allow yourself to relax and let your mind recharge. It doesn’t really matter what you do. Since for others, relaxing could mean sleeping but for some. it could mean reading a book. The idea is just to give your body, heart and mind a chance to recharge – a chance to disconnect from all the hustle and bustle.
Find a creative outlet
Find something that you love to do and make it a habit to find time to really do it. Doing something that you really love is like allowing yourself to fully express who you are. This will give your mind a chance to break free from all the stress and negativities and allow yourself to just feel motivated and alive.
I understand that doing all of these is easier said than done, I’m still even working hard at practicing and doing all these things. But the key here is not about mastering all of them at once, it’s about starting small and consistently doing it. So, join me in my journey and let’s start making small changes to better our lives!
Do you have anything to add on this list? Let me know in the comment section below or send me an email, I would love to hear from you!