It would be nice if life would slow or calm down when things get busy and tough, but that is rarely the case. For most of us, we have to deal with the storms of life while continuing to work and managing our relationships. It isn’t easy. I’m certainly no expert, but I’ve experienced my fair share of stress. Here are some of the ways I manage my stress levels:

1) Cry-— It is 100% okay to cry. In fact, crying is wonderfully cathartic and can help you to “let it all out”. Even though you may not look glamorous after a huge sob fest, it can still help your heart to release its tension.

2) Pray— Prayer is one of the best ways to sit down, relax, and ease your mind out of its anxious turmoil. Prayer is a way of separating yourself from your problems and stressors and seeking the direction of God.

3) Be intentional about relaxing activities— Find out what helps you to calm down in periods of stress and be intentional about doing those things. If taking a long, candlelit bath just does it for you, then DO IT. If it is reading or watching a long movie, DO IT. Go for a walk or hike. Exercise. Whatever you need to do to bring your mood up in depressive or stressful environments, do it.

4) Communicate with your significant other— Be very open about how you are feeling with your spouse or significant other, but do not swamp them with information. If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, or worry, it is important to rationally express this to your spouse, but try not to place blame or discuss other people’s faults. Simply express how you are personally feeling and be honest about how they can help you.

5) Be flexible— Tough situations call for flexibility. You really may not want to do some of the tasks involved in dealing with life disasters, but you may have to. It’s okay. Just be flexible and tell yourself that you can do it. It may not be fun, it may not be ideal, but it’s okay. You can do it.

Life is hard. Often, there are terrible, tragic, and unhappy things surrounding a lot of us. But, unfortunately, it rains on the just and the unjust. Take your life each day at a time. Remember that it is okay to make mistakes and it is okay to move on. Take care of yourself. Learn to manage your stress so that it does not overwhelm or derail you when things go bad. Breathe.

 

Thanks for stopping by today,

 

L.M.

Managing Stress
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