Are you overwhelmed by stress? Feeling like there are so many thing you want to do and so much you want to commit to but knowing that you’re close to (if not already at) maximum capacity?
In a world where we are expected to always be connected and prepared it can be hard to let go and relax. If you’re anything like me you have a love/hate relationship with productivity and can become easily obsessed and overwhelmed with the need to get things done. This generally results in a feeling of me not doing anything as well as I’d like and getting very little satisfaction from the things I love because they are usually rushed and forgotten. Don’t worry I’m not going to leave you here in a downward spiral of desperation. I have some great tips.
Stress Less Tips
Phone a Friend
This one is my favorite if I’m feeling really overwhelmed often I text one of a few select friends and say hey do you have a minute I need a pep talk. Or sometimes I say I need to bitch. I know sorry I like to curse, and I’m feeling so limited now that my kids are repeating me, please don’t let me lose this outlet! Anyway I think the best parts of this outlet are that you can ask for exactly what you need and friends rock like that and totally get it. Also, when I’m done I ALWAYS feel better.
This one actually drives me a little crazy. I hate how much exercise can help stress. I feel like that doesn’t make sense but please someone tell me you get what I mean!? Even a 15 minute walk does wonders for me. The thing about this one that is so awesome is that you can do it when you’re not stressed and it helps ward stress off- nutty I know ;).
Have a Set Side time to Complain/Worry
I’m just recently starting this one and so far it’s been pretty good. I find that I can get a little over the top with my complaining and so I asked my husband how he’d feel if I had a period of time to complain (say 10 minutes a day) no questions asked. He agreed, I’ve actually only used it once and while it doesn’t mean I’ve stopped complaining all together it does make me only complain about the things that I can remember about when the scheduled time comes! Also, this could work the same for worrying!
Number One Tip
Don’t overcommit. Say no and be okay with it. This one is hard but super super important. Try it. If someone asks you to do something and it’s too much, say no. Be okay with saying no especially to yourself. I’ve learned this the hard way, I finally feel like I’m not committed ( I shouldn’t have said that, it’ll probably happen now…)
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