This post gives you 5 steps to follow to start to decrease your stress levels today. I have made them easy to follow and act on, so results are guaranteed. Take your time when going through these and be as honest as you can with yourself. Honesty will help you get more dramatic results in the long term.
- Alarm made me agitated, and I was still really tired
- Stubbed toe coming out of the shower
- Spilled granola onto floor
- Someone cut me off in traffic, heart rate was really high
- Work computer was acting up and slowed down my work for the day
- Co-worker was complaining about something in lunchroom, really brought me down
- Perfume smell was really strong for some time today, gave me a headache
- Got home from work and couldn’t eat a good meal, felt a little sick after having a few granola bars
- Rushed to book club and was a little late
- In bed unable to sleep
This example is from my own life, as you may be able to guess! Driving has brought a lot of stress to me in the past. At one point, I decided to ride my bike to work rather than drive and my moods instantly changed. I was getting a lot of exercise, fresh air, time in nature because I rode through our beautiful river valley, and I had a higher level of wellbeing because I was helping the environment rather than hurting it. All from one change. Imagine if you make a few!
Another example can be overcommitting yourself in your free time. Ask yourself if you need to be a part of everything that you are involved in. You can always cut things out if necessary. Our time here on earth is short and should be sweet!
Stubbing the toe – this may just be a matter of slowing down in the morning. I know it is something that can be unavoidable, but by being more mindful and doing things slower, you may stub your toe less. When you do stub your toe, it is a great time to practice a calmer reaction. It hurts, yes, but taking a few deep breaths and stopping all action until the pain has subsided can help you relax faster once it is all over.Spilled granola on the floor – slow down and when it does happen, just laugh it off. The day is not ruined by a little mess!
Cannot sleep at night – sleep deprivation is a scary thing. It is terrible for our mind and body. Sleep hygiene is a great place to start if you are having a hard time. Some examples of things you can try are: turn off all electronic devices 30 minutes to 1 hour before bed, create total darkness in your bedroom, read or do some meditation just before you go to bed to help calm the mind, and leave your bed for only sleeping and sex. There are many more, but these are a good start.All of the above are some examples of how you can alter your triggers to make them less stressful for you. There are so many for each example and all will be different depending on each person. It may take a little trial and error to see what works and what doesn’t, and it will all get easier as time goes on.
If you are a perfectionist, a workaholic, are depressed, or if you have just gone through a devastating ordeal, you may want to seek help. That can be through any avenue you choose that resonates with what you believe.In this case, a therapist may be the answer or you may feel more in touch with a reiki healer or homeopath. You choose what fits most with where you are in your life and your beliefs. This step will most likely take the longest to see changes, but will show big results as you improve. Always remember that you can do anything you really want, and change is possible for anyone.
Work these into your daily life and you will not be sorry!