Are you stressed out?
Well, if you are, you’re not alone. Although there are more material luxuries and comforts available to the average person today than ever before in human history, surveys on well-being consistently find that huge numbers of people find themselves feeling chronically stressed and burned out, on an everyday basis.
If your life is stressing you out, and you feel as though you’re living in an ongoing state of turmoil, it’s important to step back, take a deep breath, and identify some techniques for reducing that stress.
Because, for one thing, the more stressed out you are, the less healthy you will be, and the less you will enjoy your everyday existence.
Here are a few tips for reducing the stress and turmoil in your life.
Begin by addressing some of the physiological causes of stress – make sure you are eating right, and consider quitting caffeine and other stimulants
Sometimes, we are genuinely stressed out because we fuel negative thought patterns within ourselves, and become convinced that we just don’t have what it takes to rise to a particular challenge.
At other times, we are stressed out because we are faced with really massive obstacles, and there’s no way to stay perfectly calm while dealing with them.
Often, however, a state of chronic stress is likely to have physiological causes – and if we can resolve these, we might find that the obstacles and challenges we are confronted with become infinitely more manageable, literally overnight.
Physiological conditions that lead to a spike in stress hormones include fasting, the use of caffeine and other stimulants, eating too few calories per day, eating too few carbohydrates per day, being deficient in magnesium, and getting too little sleep each night.
Address these situations, and you will likely notice a big difference.
Treat yourself from time to time – allow a bit of luxury into your life
It’s much easier to deal with stress in your life if you have sources of comfort to turn to and indulge in, as a way of counterbalancing things.
If you’ve got a plush and cozy set of Eames furniture in your living room, for example, that provides at least one opportunity each day for resting and catching your breath.
At the same time, meeting up with friends, having games to play, and having the occasional relaxing bubble bath, can all contribute significantly to combating stress. Don’t live too much of a Spartan existence – treat yourself from time to time.
Add a bit of structure to the mix, without overloading yourself
One major source of stress is the simple sensation of being completely hemmed in by chaos, with no clear idea of how to move ahead and improve things.
When this situation arises, one of the best things you can do is to work actively and tirelessly to add a bit of structure to the mix and to give shape to your plans and your routine.
At the same time, however, you need to adopt task and project management systems, and daily schedules, that are not so overly complicated that they add more stress to your life.
A good place to start maybe with looking into setting up a Bullet Journal, and using a notepad and paper, or calendar app, to plot out your daily routines in advance.
Newly middle-aged wife of 1, Mom of 3, Grandma of 2. A professional blogger who has lived in 3 places since losing her home to a house fire in October 2018 with her husband. Becky appreciates being self-employed which has allowed her to work from 'anywhere'. Life is better when you can laugh. As you can tell by her Facebook page where she keeps the humor memes going daily. Becky looks forward to the upcoming new year. It will be fun to see what 2020 holds.