So far in this self care challenge we’ve talked a lot about reducing stress by focusing on relaxation and other stress reducing techniques. But what’s even more important is find out and at least try to reduce the craziness that’s stressing you out in the first place. That’s how you find real peace in your life.
What’s Really Stressing You Out?
Begin by taking the time to figure out just what’s stressing you out. You’re going to have to dig deep here, so carve out some quiet time to do this so you can really think it through. For example, if you’re constantly looking for things and going crazy in the process, the root cause of it is probably lack of organization.
Go through all of your stressors until you can identify the root of the problem. Write it down in your journal, if you have one. You’ll be using this list to work through and cut out as many stressors as possible going forward.
It’s probably a good idea to make it a running list. As your life and your circumstances continuously change, new things and people will pop up that stress you out. Add these stressors to your list and review it regularly to see what you can do to get rid of or reduce the stress.
What Can You Get Rid of to Reduce Stress?
Go through your list again with the intent of find some quick fixes. One great place to start is with a solid morning routine. It’s something that you can implement right away to greatly reduce the stress it’s been causing you.
Think about what you can let go. If you’re hustling to make some extra money for extras and it’s causing even more stress in your life, then ditch it for now. If you’re an entrepreneur and you have that one client that creates constant stress and havoc, then go ahead and break up with him. There’s plenty of other clients out there!
How to Make a Long Term Plan to Reduce Stress
Now that you’ve tackled the basics and hopefully created a big of margin, you can begin to take a look at the bigger issues. Again, go through your list and see what you can start working on right way.
Some examples of big issues that stress you out could be that you’re juggling too many responsibilities. While many of them are a part of life, look for what the non essential activities are and reduce them.
For example, if you’re a busy mom, you might be overwhelmed with the pressure of getting your kids to every activity. Pick one or two activities for your family to be involved in. Then teach your kids how to occupy themselves (preferably screen free!) so you can get some much needed downtime for yourself.
If you work, you might have someone that you continually butt heads with. Finding work at a different company is certainly an option, but you might also consider looking into moving to a different department or possibly working from home.
More Ways to Stop Stressing Yourself Out
Adopt a healthier lifestyle. This can’t be said often enough. Taking time for your own good health will help you to handle whatever stressors life throws at you.
Stop worrying. I know, easier said than done. Try to live one day at a time and stop the future tripping as much as you can.
Stop running late. Don’t wait until the last possible minute to get to work, school or family event. Prepare as much as you can before, so that you eliminate the last minute stress of looking for your glasses or keys.
Keep an organized home. Again, this is going to be a process. Develop a basic routine to keep your home in order and spend a few minutes getting rid of clutter every day.
Have a regular bedtime routine. Many people try to decompress by drinking wine or vegetate in front of the TV or their tablet. A few hours before you go to sleep, shut down the electronics and indulge in a bath, reading a book, journaling or some gentle yoga. This will help to prepare your body for a good night’s sleep.
Keep working through the list and do what you can to get closer to cutting out those remaining stressors.