As cheerful, bubbly, as some of you might see me, I don’t handle stress well at all! It wasn’t until last March, as I lay in bed (all cuddled up with my dog Billy) that I realized what worrying could do to me, to my health, and the impact it has in my life in general. It opened my eyes and just changed everything for me. I took my notebook, a pen ,and just wrote this simple question down: whenever I get consumed by stress, how could I turn that feeling into another energy.
I know there’s a lot of you guys out there, and you’re just so stressed, and tired, you are constantly worrying. Maybe you’re worrying about your future, school,looking for a job,disappointing your parents (or people that are close to you). You are just stress because of your own expectations, or you worry sick about how other people see you, you appearance there’ just so many things, I could go on forever. Every single person I know has their own challenges with stress. I really feel like today we’re all under so much pressure, we’re stress so much to a point that’s it is almost killing us…
To find some solutions to this problem, I think it is really important that we break down stress and really look at what it is.
Stress or worry is something that happens when we get overwhelmed by things happening in our life, and if you break that down even further, the only time we experience stress is when we leave the present moment, and we get caught up worrying about possible future scenarios that may or may not even happen. One of my favourite quote that describes this is by Mark Twain “I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” (Right on Mark Twain!!)
First I want to share 2 golden rules that helps me stop being in stress mood, and shift into something more productive.
1. Everything is FIGURE-OUT-ABLE: if you find yourself stressing out, slow dow, get out of your head,and get into the moment. Everything can be solved if you break down into a series of steps and just follow them. Stop stressing and start engaging, take a look at what you can do right now. Sometimes it a physical action (like having a conversation, or making a phone call), other times it is a spiritual action, for me when I overwhelmed by a situation and really don’t know what to do, I have a little prayer time, you know… I ask God for some guidance, for some wisdom, or some inside. I’m Christian but if you’re not , you can go for whatever higher sources you believe in.
2. NOTHING is worth getting stressed out over: in my experience, every time I’ve freaked myself out and get stressed over something, somehow it always works out. Stress only less effective, and honestly it is poison to your productivity!
Now here’s how I personally handle stress. What I do, I like to kinda cut it off at the knees, I’ve put 2 daily habits in place (things that I do every single day) that eliminate stress before it even happened.
1. Daily yoga practice/ exercise : I used to not be a big fan of Yoga, but I have to tell you , lately it’s been working like a champ! You can google yoga training, there’s a lots of different kind. But essentially I do like 15 to 30 minutes every day (1h if I want to spoil myself).
2. I try to eat healthy nutritious food: usually within an hour after I eat a very greasy, or sugary meal, I start to become very drowsy, and moody. If you don’t believe that what you put into your body can affect your stress you are strongly mistaken…I’m a strong believer of the “what you eat, is what you are” kinda thing.
That’s pretty much it, hope it was helpful, let me know if you have any others ideas, tips, or strategy around how you handle stress!
Love, Helene Xxx