Is stress calling for you? Stress is defined as “pressure or tension exerted on a material object” or, “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.”
I reckon we all can relate to having a demanding situation that has faced us. Whether a big situation or small situation, it really doesn’t matter. A mountain can be made out of a molehill, right? I say that stress is something that takes away beauty from life and makes us see the ugly. Ugly! Who needs that? Not me.
I always try to follow the motto “Don’t worry, be happy.” But who am I kidding? I fall prey to that little nagging voice in the back of my head who worries if she did the ten things on sticky note number twenty-five so she can move on to the inbox that is loaded down with tons of un-read emails.
When I need to get rid of some excess stress, I like to push work to the side, take a breather, grab a good book, along with some tasty snacks, and relax. Here are some extra tips that come in handy when the going gets tough.
How to Combat Stress
- Eat a cookie. Eat pie. Eat cake. Eat whatever sweet treat you want because stressed spelled backwards is desserts, so it must be okay to indulge into the world of freshly baked goodies.
- Go for a walk. Enjoy the fresh air and soak up some quiet time in the great outdoors.
- Unplug . . . take the whole day (gasp) and stay off the computer, television, and phone.
- Do a little boogie. Dance it all out! I am being serious . . . exercise is a great way to relieve the pressures of your obligations.
- Take a nap. Good things come from napping. This would be good right after you do your dance.
- Smile. It’s worth a thousand words, or is that a picture? Hmmm.
- Read a good book. Get lost in the pages, you never know where you may end up.
- Drink a hot cup of tea or coffee. Feel a little fancy and don’t forget to “Pinky out!”
- Use your “phone a friend” lifeline and have a nice long chat with your bestie. Whatever is on your mind, talk about it. No sense in letting your stress get so out of hand that you feel overwhelmed and burnt out.
- Have a jam session with your favorite music. (Cue the head banging and rock and roll signs.)
When it comes down to it, worrying and stressing out is all about how you perceive a situation. Are you going to roll with the punches or be punched? Some of my tips may seem funny but they work for me so give one or a couple a try.
When you’re feeling under pressure, sit and look at all of the positives and kick the negatives to the curb. Nobody’s got time for that! Don’t spend your life caught in between a constant tug of war of stressing out. Life should be full of memorable moments, outbursts of laughter, and lots of smiles.
How do you limit the stress in your life?