Stress Sucks: Decrease Stress in Your Life

by July 27, 2012
filed under Life

We all feel it now and then, and for lots of us it’s more now than then. That terrible feeling of being too overwhelmed, overworked, frustrated, anxious, tense and the list goes on. The feeling that brings you down and slows you down and you just can’t seem to shake it. There just isn’t enough time in the day to accomplish what you need to between work, home, relationships and so on. Being stressed is so common and we all fall subject to it at times, but I don’t need to tell you something you already know. We’ve all hit that point where we feel like throwing in the towel and calling it a day. Instead of raising the white flag, there are some adjustments you can make to your day to alleviate some of the stress bearing down on you.

More often than not, stress is the result of just not having enough time. At least that’s how it feels. Really though, it’s more an issue of not organizing our time properly. We keep a mental checklist of all the things we need to do, and storing it up all there as a huge chunk can be overwhelming. Of course we don’t think we have enough time to finish everything! It’s crazy to think we can do it all in a day, but we expect that of ourselves anyway. Instead of letting yourself think that you have so much to do and so little time to do it in, just write it down. Organize your days and stay well documented on what needs to be finished by when. Spread out tasks throughout the week or month or year. You’ll find that list you had for today went from an impossible number of items to a number that can be counted on one hand.

It doesn’t need to be said that stress affects not only our mental health, but our physical health also. But I’m going to bring it up anyway. It’s one of those health things that we hear all the time but don’t really pay much attention to. Stress feels so predominantly a mental health issue that the physical part tends to be overlooked. If we want to get rid of stress, we really need to start taking care of our bodies as well as our minds. What we eat plays a huge role in how we experience stress.

Eating fast food and junk leaves us exhausted and not at our best. When stress is already in play within our bodies, this is not helping one bit. Eating a healthy, balanced diet will allow your body to function at its prime with your mind following suit. Regular exercise is also a huge tool for decreasing your stress. Not only are you helping your body to be fit and healthy, but you are also giving your mind a chance at refuge from your hectic day. When you are feeling bogged down by stress, think about how you are treating your body as well as your mind.

This last tip is something I know a lot of us gurls are guilty of, myself included. We take on way more than we can handle. Even with an organized schedule and a healthy body, we aren’t superheroes. We all have our limits. The crucial thing is that we recognize what those limits are. Often we want to be able to involve ourselves in a whole assortment of different things, but the reality is that we just can’t. If you have an organized day and still feel like you aren’t accomplishing everything, you need to step back and think about what needs to go.

Saying “no” to something is not the huge blow to your pride as you may think it is. Trust me, I know. I overwork myself and commit myself to so many things that if I get 4 hours of sleep, it’s a good night. Sure, we can handle a full schedule for a while. After a while, though, we lose steam. Don’t get to this point. Know yourself well enough to understand your limit.

Stress is something that none of us will ever completely rid from our lives. It doesn’t have to wear us down and push us to the breaking point either, though. Life is stressful. We just have to try our best to keep it under control.

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