Monday, March 17, 2014

How I Handle Stress

This is my happy place. On the island with the family and relaxing. Couldn't have asked for a better weekend. 

It's no surprise that I have a hard time handling stress in my life.  I let it take over my life and run me into the ground all the time.  I use to say I thrived off stress and did my best work then.  It was a lie.   Stress makes me go crazy and I really do better when I know I have time and I am not stressed.

All of this to say I have found some ways to help me handle the stress that come my way.  It has been trial and error to figure these things out. I have taken from others and come up with some on my own. 

1. I make lists
Anytime I know I have quite a few things to get done that could become stressful and overwhelming I make a list. And then when I complete each item on the list I cross it off.  Best feeling ever crossing it off! 

2. I plan time to relax
This is a big one for me. I have to make time for myself. I have to tell myself to relax. This may just be for an hour but in the end I am less stressed then I was before. 

3. I work out
Running. Weights. Classes. Anything to get my mind off of what I believe I need to be doing. Releasing that energy is so good for me. And I feel better about myself when I finish a workout. So it's a win win if you ask me. 

4. I talk
I call one of the besties and I talk. Talking through something relieves stress for me. Seriously I think I would be an awesome counseling client because I love to talk so much and it works for me. So if we ever become friends be prepared to hear it all from me. 

5. I cry
This doesn't happen all the time, but when the stress reaches a certain level this is all I can do. I cry it out. And when I am done I feel better. Tears can be magical friends. 

For someone who does not handle stress very well it is important for me to know what will relieve it. I need all the help I can get in this area! Anyone else have a tired and true way to relieve their stress?


The Modern Tulip said...

Working out is key to handling my stress. It's amazing how hard it is to do, but how great I feel once I have done it!

Miss Riss said...

I never underestimate the power of a good cry!! Sometimes that's what does the trick for me!

Miss Riss said...

I never underestimate the power of a good cry!! Sometimes that's what does the trick for me!