I’m a stresshead. Always have been, hopefully not ‘always will be’.
Knowing I’m usually burning at both ends, there are a few things I do to make sure I don’t curl into a ball in the farthest corner of my apartment (yes, that’s happened… more than once). Try ‘em if you like:
- Write a list of 3 things you need to get done today
This is actually best done the night before, as I’m getting ready for bed – it totally helps me doze off because I don’t have to worry about remembering what I have to do. I always try to highlight the one most important thing to do and prioritize it on the list. If I get it done, it’s been a good day.
- Get enough sleep
As much as I might try fight it, I need a good 7-8 hours of solid sleep each night. If I don’t, I’ll not only be a little grumpy, but my concentration goes out the window too. And when I can’t focus my stress spikes. As I get more stressed, it’s even harder to concentrate. See the nasty little spiral going on here? Go the F to sleep.
- Surround yourself with pretty things that make you smile
This is so underrated, but I highly recommend it, and you can keep it super simple. Exhibit A: I have a little sketch of a bear that I had nicely framed. FYI my patronus would be a bear. They’re the bearst best. The sketch also reminds me of my old dog, Nanna. She kinda looked like a bear. I challenge you to feel off-your-rocket stressed when you’re looking at something that always makes you smile, it’s tough! Freak out, be gone. Woof.
- Go for a walk
When I start to get realllllly stressed and overwhelmed I sometimes go all deer-in-the-headlightsy. Translation: I sit on the couch and don’t move. Too. Stressed. Out. So I FORCE myself to get up and go for a walk. I believe Tony Robbins calls this Changing Your State. I call it Sorting Your Life Out.
JOKES! I don’t meditate. Not regularly anyway. Just thinking about it stresses me out. Quiet my mind?? Yep, I’m a little scared to do that. I’ll try it at some point, I will, I will. But don’t let my weird resistance stop you, I’ve heard it works wonders. You do you!
None of these are foolproof, and using them doesn’t mean I don’t still get stressed out. But it is helpful to have some sort of battle plan when you need it.
If all else fails, there’s always Ben and Jerry’s ;)