I would say I’m a pretty chilled out person (according to only myself, of course), but I get stressed sometimes. It can be about anything from “what am I doing with my life?” to “why is the store out of my favorite coconut water?” Although one question is profound and the other seemingly insignificant, there’s no reason to get stressed about both of them because how is that going to help either situation? Stress isn’t necessarily such a bad thing because it helps us survive as a species. But when it get to be too much and accumulates, it becomes a problem for your physical and mental wellbeing. So, no matter which situation you find yourself, employ the suggestions below to help you get your smile back on. Life is too short to waste on frowns (cheesy, but true).
- Ask yourself “Do I have a problem right now?”. Sure, the answer to this question may sometimes be “Absolutely!” but most of the time, we stress about things that may/may not happen in the future or have already happened. I know it’s not easy (I’m what you may sweetly call a “control freak”), but let go of things that are not in your control.
- Meditatate for just 10 minutes a day. You may choose to do this upon waking up in the morning to have a relaxed day or right before sleeping to get an amazing night’s sleep (or if time permits, do it both times for a 24-hour kick). It revitalizes you emotionally, physically, and mentally. And no, don’t go off to sleep.
- Prioritize some space and time for yourself doing whatever it is that you want. It may seem selfish, but it’s not. The better you take care of yourself, the better you can take care of others (and be happier doing it). If you’re always doing things for others (your husband, friend, kids, boss), you’ll feel resentment towards them and that’s not so great for anyone.
- Breathe slower to lower cortisol (the stress hormone) levels in your body. Sounds so simple but most of us don’t breathe correctly, especially when we’re stressed. So just breathe.
- Disconnect from technology for at least some time during the day. Don’t worry, the ‘grumpy cat’ videos will still be there when you get back.