July 21, 2015
Most people have a relatively good understanding of how stress can negatively affect them physically, mentally, emotionally, and well- in every way shape and form. It’s a large reason why most people look forward to the weekend so they can rest and recharge from the ‘damage’ done during the work/school week.
Then there are those times when people face find it difficult to relax in what should be their down time. That right there starts the following week off on the wrong foot, which serves as their foundation of the new cycle of stress for the coming week. Is it possible to quickly break the stress cycle early on, before things get alarmingly out of hand? Absolutely!
Start From Within
Be aware of your fears in your work/school environment, and take some time to explore them. Perhaps you’re just overreacting? Don’t forget to factor your losses, and think of the next steps for a workaround. It’s all about training your mind to be more proactive.
It’s also important to count your blessings, so you can realize that you’re actually much better off than most other people. Sure, there are many situations that are beyond your control, but think about how they led to many new learning experiences for you. Even the worst of the worst situations you’ve experienced in the past played a great role in your personal development as you persevered.
Find The Best Way To Relax
We may not all be able to jet over to a tropical beach on a whim, but there are many other ways you can relax. You must have worked so hard lately, that you forgot how to. Try turning off your phone, so you can connect with loved ones face-to-face. Or maybe you can take part in a creative activity or DIY project. Whatever you do- don’t multitask. The point of relaxation is to focus on the present moment and enjoy.
Give Yourself ‘Me Time.’
When was the last time you had an amazing nights sleep? Look- you have to. Get an eye mask, put on ear plugs, and drop down the shades to darken the room if need be. Don’t let anything disturb your slumber. It will also be beneficial for you to take some time to exercise. Even if exercising really isn’t your thing- maybe you could try taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or park further from entrances to squeeze a walk into your routine. On that note, be mindful of your diet.
Consider decluttering, because it’s easier to relax when you’re in a cleaner and more spacious setting. One perk to decluttering is that it will take less time to clean up your home after having done so. Don’t give into the temptation to buy more things to fill up the new space! Train yourself to consume less. Do you really need that many gadgets or shoes?
Minimizing isn’t limited to tangible items. Revisit your list of tasks, and start prioritizing. Eliminate the unnecessary tasks, and don’t take on obligations that will only prove to be stressful.
These tips will help you quickly break the stress cycle early on, which will lead to longer durations of peace of mind, thereby making it easier to make decisions and grab life by the horns.