Fall seems to be an insane time of year for everyone. Kids are back in school – so the school year is in full swing; the holidays are coming and people are planning and saving; and work just doesn’t seem to let up. Have you ever felt like this?
Stress sometimes seems to come out nowhere sometimes! Have you ever been in a situation where everything is going well – you have time to finish that big project at work, play with your kids, and spend time with your loved ones! It seems almost impossible that you have this abundance of time and energy. Then, one day, something happens and everything is turned upside down. It doesn’t matter what triggered that moment – what matters is you’re a big ball of stress now and you’re plagued with worries, fears, and stress!
Stress happens to all of us but you have a choice to make: do you freak out, worry, and let the fear grip you? OR do you respond proactively?
The choice is yours and how you respond will have an impact on how the situation is handled. If you don’t know how to manage your stress, it will start to affect your body, mind, and soul.
Which choice would you rather make? If you stay calm and centered through a crisis, just imagine how different you’re going to feel. Sometimes all it takes to stay calm and serene is to listen to that little voice inside of you that tells you to “calm down”, “relax”, and take it “one step at a time”. Your intuition can help you go from stressed out to sane and centered! There are a few other tools to help you stay relatively serene when life gets crazy:
- Take Care of Yourself – we usually forget that we are our #1 priority. When we’re stressed out, taking care of ourselves gets thrown out the window because we falsely believe that it’s a waste of time … and when the clock is ticking, who has that kind of time!?! YOU DO! Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, taking your vitamins, eating well and drinking water, finding time to exercise (both your mind and body), and occasionally taking some extra steps to make you feel good. When you’re stressed out, it’s imperative that you take care of yourself. If you don’t, no one else will and you’re going to need to be at the top of your game to deal with a stressful period.
- Tell Stress to Take a Hike From Your Body! It’s human nature to internalize stress but when we internalize, all that stress gets stuck in our body and creates physical pain and discomfort! Think of the last time you were stressed out – was your back tense and did your shoulders ache? That’s stress! Tell stress to take a hike by being active! Work out the stress by kick boxing, running, dancing, or even screaming into a pillow! Do it regularly when you’re starting to feel stressed out and your body will thank you for it by turning stress into energy!
- Take Time to Connect with Yourself – With so much emotion running through you during stressful times, it’s important to really understand what’s going on with your heart and soul, so take a moment to check-in with yourself and maybe ask yourself how you’re doing! There’s a danger in forgetting about yourself when you’re stressed – you may start lashing out at loved ones and go through periods of low self-esteem. Avoid this at all costs by reconnecting with yourself. You can do this through meditation or, my personal favorite, a writing exercise where you take around 10 minutes of quiet time and start off with “I feel like…” or “I find myself…” – then just write. Don’t stop writing. Don’t edit, don’t proofread. Just write. Getting your thoughts out will help put things into perspective on how you’re really feeling.
- Listen to Your Intuition – we often forget about that little voice inside of us that helps guide us. You need your inner voice more than ever so take the time to listen when it’s trying to guide you. If you’re stuck at a cross-road and feel like something is pulling you in one direction, go with the flow, it’s likely your gut is trying to lead you in a good direction.
Remember: YOU have control. You have control over how you respond. You have control over how you move. You control how you deal with a stressful situation. The choice is yours. Will you allow yourself to become drained and tension filled or will you be leading yourself to a more centered and balanced experience? It’s your choice – choose wisely.