As you can see from the date of my last post, it’s been a pretty long time since I’ve written anything on GreenVibes. The reason: stress. There has been a LOT going on in my life the past month but, I have gained some amazing insight that I’d love to share with you all. Down below is a guide on how to power through stress.
Something important to keep in mind is that…
“We may have bad days, but that does not mean we have a bad life.”
Tip #1: Keep Up With Daily Routines
It is SO important to keep up with a routine that genuinely makes you happy. From my experience, eating healthy + exercise daily is a sure way to reduce any day to day stress. Some things I like to do upon waking is saying affirmations and taking a moment flood myself with feelings of gratitude. It’s amazing how these small things can significantly help you through the stressful times.
When you have a routine you can fall back on, it makes life more bearable. I know we’ve all gotten to the point where things are so stressful in life that everything seems to be thrown out of orbit. It doesn’t have to be that way; try to always keep one or two things consistent in your week. Whether it’s going to the movies with a friend on Fridays, or sitting back with a glass of wine and a good book– Do it!!
Tip #2 Establish Boundaries
Ask yourself: Do I really have to be in this situation? Is it possible to remove myself from this situation without any drastic consequences? Try to critically think in order to make the best decisions for yourself. Some examples: Say a friend is having a disagreement with another friend and they decide to put you in the middle (we’ve all been here). You become super stressed because you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings but the tension is making your life so much harder. This is an instance where you can remove yourself; let go of any feelings of guilt! Recognize that someone else’s problems are not your own. How you respond & where you place yourself in these situations are key.
Another example: You don’t have enough money to pay all your bills and it’s causing you tons of stress. This is an instance where it’s strictly your responsibility. A good thing to ask is: Do I need this expense at this moment in my life, or can I live without it in order to save money for more meaningful things?
Establishing boundaries is beneficial in all situations. Understand and respect where you stand. Find out what makes you uncomfortable or what pushes you to be better. Do not underestimate the power of personal boundaries.
Tip #3: Don’t be afraid to ask for help
For some people, including myself, asking for help is like a last resort. Sometimes it’s painful becuase you don’t want to “owe anyone anything”.. but sometimes it’s the only route. Remember, we are all here together; not many creatures strictly work alone on this planet. We are born social creatures– reaching out for help is okay. Plus, it’s can be surprising to see who will come to your aid during stressful times.
Fast-Acting 911 Remedies
- Take 5, slow, deep, meaningful breaths
- When you sloooow down, you realize not everything is happening or needs to happen all at once. There is time; there is well enough time for you to take care of your problems.
- Go somewhere quiet & meditate for 5-10 minutes
- Meditation has been proven over and over again to literally decrease stress and anxiety. Did you know: There are 1440 minutes in a day, you can take a few to yourself.
- Take a hot shower
- Cleansing yourself under warm water can help you release any tension or thoughts and feelings of being unclean. Scrub-a-dub!
- Go take a walk outside
- When we come back to nature, it’s easier to be our true selves & let go of negativity & other man-made problems we’ve concerned ourselves with. Experiment: See how much your mood shifts after you’ve been in nature for a while.
It’s Essential During Stress To..
Get Adequate Sleep Every Single Night.
& No Matter What– Just keep breathin’.