We all know what it's like to find ourselves stressed. Stress is a part of everyday life. It's a constant. Even people who don't think they're stressed probably are in some way. And the best way to move forward is to figure out ways to manage it. We need to find the best ways to shelve it and ensure that we're functioning at our fullest potential, as only we can.
I'm not saying that's going to be easy, but I am saying that it can be done. And though I'm not always the best example, I do definitely have the right ideas. So - here are a few ways you can reduce your stress - consider which ones will work for you.
you’re like me, you think you thrive off of the clutter in your
life. Guess what? You don’t. Try to organize, even if you’re
tackling one area at a time. Start with your kitchen island. That’s
probably where I need to begin. Or the entryway to your home. Find a
place to put your keys every time you walk in the door. And a place
for the mail so it doesn’t pile up. Organize to make things easier
for you. Don’t fight it, it really works.
know, I know. You barely have time to shower and
brush your teeth, and here I’m telling you to exercise? Find twenty
minutes. That’s all I’m suggesting. Ten will work, if twenty is
too much to commit to. Something about getting the endorphins going
gives you a rush and reduces stress. There’s scientific evidence
out there, but I’m just speaking from experience.
Keep a calendar Use
an app on your phone, a pen and paper, or old-fashioned planner,
whatever it is that works for you. Keep your events jotted down
somewhere that isn’t the back of an envelope or a post-it note. Do
it. You’ll be so much more organized (now head back to #1 if you
need a reminder on why that’s important!).
Plan meals I
am absolutely 100% guilty of not doing this. But I hope to start in
2016. Because everyone I talk to who does it finds it to be the best
thing ever. Plan your meals. Be flexible, because, well, you’re
parents - you know how it goes! But plan them for a few reasons; to
help you shop more efficiently, to use up what you have in your
freezer/pantry, and to help you budget better. Which brings me to
Take control of your budget Parents
know that once baby comes home the expenses pretty much triple. From
diapers and wipes, to car seats and strollers, it’s
never-ending—and we wouldn’t have it any other way. But sometimes
it seems like the money coming in doesn’t mesh with the money going
out. Budget. Create one and use it. It will help ease your mind the
next time you want to meet a friend for coffee and realize that a
really pretty cup of coffee tends to cost about $6 a cup.
Take some time for yourself Impossible,
right? Just about as easy as fitting in time to exercise. I know it.
I really do. Especially if you have really young children. But
try! Let your friends and family watch your kids and go get your
hair cut or your nails done. Go to the library or bookstore. Go take
a bath instead of a shower. Do it. Your stress levels will drop
Make time for friends I’m
sure you’ve got a ton of questions at this point. Starting
with the typical - where am I supposed to get all of this time? Plan for it. It’s
the one thing I wish someone had made me do when my daughter was an
infant. I waited way too long before I set some time aside to go out
with friends. And you know what? My daughter (and my husband!)
survived when I did. Do it. Take time to enjoy life with other moms.
And I’m not just talking about the chatter at the playground. Make
really is good medicine. Whether it’s a funny movie, book, shared
story with a friend. Allow yourself to laugh. You’ll forget about
any stresses you have, if only for a brief moment. But that moment
will be well worth it.
you have it, eight easy ideas to help you reduce stress. What do you think you would add to this list?