One of the things I struggle with the most is maintaining my stress levels. It seems like there is always something I’m worrying about even if, in retrospect, it is completely unimportant. It could be as small as a blemish on my face or as big as a work related incident. However, most of the time the amount I stress over it is not worth my time or energy. I thought it would be helpful for myself and for others to compile a small list of a few things that help me combat the stress.
1) DON’T TAKE SILLY THINGS SERIOUSLY
I fall into the bad habit of thinking situations are life or death, when in reality, there is a simple solution or not very big consequence to them. Sometimes letting an issue ride out is much easier than trying to fix it or worrying about it. This is especially true for scenarios that won’t be as severe in a few months.
2) YOU CAN’T ALWAYS CONTROL A SITUATION
Sometimes you just have to let go, despite how hard it might be. I have trouble understanding that not everything is under my control. I can’t always change a situation to fit me because when it doesn’t work out, I end up feeling worse about myself and my capabilities. With time and a lot of headaches, I’ve learned that the best thing to do is just to let these situations run their course. At the end of the day, it’s a lot easier and more fun to be a bit flexible when it comes to life.
3) TRY LIVING IN THE MOMENT INSTEAD OF IN THE PAST OR FUTURE
The hardest thing for me to do at times is truly enjoy the moment I am living in. I can’t help but focus on similar instances in the past or dread what might come in the future if I was to take a certain course of action. This thought process is a slippery slope into anger and frustration, not allowing you to experience the present. You will then, inevitably, be thinking about how you wasted so much time in the past worrying about the future.
4) DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR ADVICE
It’s okay to ask for help if you feel like you need it. I’m a somewhat self sufficient person and a bit of a loner. I like being alone almost as much as I enjoy spending time with friends or my boyfriend. This means that I will always opt to take care of things alone instead of asking for help when it’s needed. However, sometimes you need an extra hand or some advice and that shouldn’t be something to be embarrassed or afraid to request. There is only so much we can do alone before feeling overwhelmed and helpless.
5) START A WORKOUT ROUTINE
I don’t want to sound like online trainer or fitness blogger, but I can truly say from personal experience that working out on a regular basis has drastically changed my mood. After suffering from recurring medical issues the past few years, I did a bit of research into certain forms of treatment that didn’t involve medication (not because I don’t like medicine, but because it didn’t work for me at the time). Once I started a medium intensity workout routine for a few weeks, I distinctively noticed a shift in my mood and my ability to handle unwanted stress. Things didn’t feel as dire as they once did and any of those medical issues that were once plaguing me have yet to show their faces since I started running weekly.
Any tips or tricks for relaxing this summer?