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how to handle stress
I think we can all agree that no matter how much you try to minimize stress in your life, it will still occasionally happen - stress and anxiety will creep in. And it’s hard on us, both mentally and physically. It will interrupt your sleep, affect your appetite, hijack your focus. A good friend of mine is actually battling a long-term illness caused by a stressful life! While there are ways to minimize stress in your daily life, we can’t avoid it completely. So what can you do when you feel those stress levels rising?
time saving tools
So what’s the opposite of multi-tasking? Single-tasking. Literally doing one thing at a time. Start a task. Focus on it. Finish it (or reach a stopping place). THEN do another task. Give what you’re doing your undivided attention and dedicated time. Sounds simple, right? It is. But it’s not always easy, especially if multi-tasking is a long-standing habit.
how to simplify
What do you want your life to look like? If you take a few minutes to think about this one, you’ll find that it’s surprisingly easy to picture what you WANT. Now, carry it a little farther. When you look at this picture of your ideal life, what ISN’T there? Get specific about this, because that’s a very good place to start. If you see things that don’t fit into your ideal, why are they there? Some things are easy to just let go of…others, you may not be ABLE to let go of, but maybe there is a work-around.
mental wellness
We need space in our lives, openness, both physical space and, more importantly, mental space. Time that allows our minds to relax and untangle. Have you ever struggled to solve a problem or remember a name? You think about it all day and just can’t figure it out! And then, at three in the morning, you suddenly wake up with the answer! Why does that happen? Because your mind is relaxed. It continues to work on the problem for you, without all the normal interruptions that happen while you’re awake. It finally has the space to wander until it finds the answer. Pretty crazy, huh?
home to do list
I love making lists. I mean, REALLY love them. And I always have. Long, detailed lists for everything. As a kid, the weeks before summer camp were filled with notebooks full of lists…what to bring, what I needed to buy, outfits for each day…everything had a list. I figured that if I had a list and a plan, nothing could possibly go wrong.So it’s really no surprise that my adult life has always had a to-do list. And a planned schedule. Days and weeks planned out ahead of time. And sub-lists with steps for everything ON my list. I was always being ORGANIZED! And PRODUCTIVE!