Hey all. it's that time of year. Trick or Treat...Smell my Feet. Pass me some Turkey. This sweater is "cute"....thanks. I can't stay up til midnight..... And then.....
Here comes the stress. And a shit ton at that. So.....
I hope that you have been able to apply some/all of the stress managing tips to what stresses you. If you just jumped on this stress managing train, you can find all the tips and strategies in the Stress Management category. Hop on over there and get started.
With the strategies and tips on managing your stress you have learned so far you should be able to:
- Identify what IS stressing you
- Start kickin stresses ass
Give Stress The Boot...Rinse and Repeat
However....... You certainly can't give stress the boot one time and it be gone. Nope. Doesn't work that way.
Stress comes at you in many forms AND it doesn't stop. Learning how to identify these stresses is one of the steps that help you in cutting the ties with stress. Or........ at the minimum give stress a longer leash so that it doesn't cause total upset with you and your health.
Conquer The Holiday Stress
Following these 7 steps throughout this holiday season can help ease some of the frustration you will be facing during this "Joyous" time.
1. Acknowledge the stress
Once you start feeling uneasy, frustrated, overwhelmed, pissed, upset, negative, defeated.... Sit down and make notes about what is going on in your life that could be causing these FEELINGS. Write it all out. Everything. How does this stress make you feel? How long has this stress been picking you apart? Why are you letting this stress attack your beautiful soul?
Now sit up straight and close your eyes. Relax your shoulder. Relax your face. Take a deep breath in through your nose. Exhale through your mouth. Repeat this 3 - 5 times. More if needed. Let it all go.
3. Let It Go
Your mind is clear now. Let the stressful circumstance/situation go. Release it. I know, I know....it's still there but you're releasing the power it has over you. Some things that stress you you have no control over. These stresses need to be released and forgotten let whomever deal with it BECAUSE they are the only ones that can. Don't give it another thought. STOP swelling and stewing over things out of your control.
4. Take Action
For the stressful circumstance/situation you CAN take care of make a list of 1 - 5 solutions to resolve this stress. Pick the best one of the 5 or so solutions and take action towards resolving this circumstance/situation and move on. Tip: if one solution doesn't work try one of the others. Turn negative stress into positive action. You can resolve this. Breathe.
5. Take Responsibility
News flash. Your thoughts are yours and yours only. Nobody else have control over what you think. You can find more about this in Mind Management. You decide how you think about a circumstance/situation. Take responsibility over your actions and your thoughts. STOP being the victim. Blaming others or circumstances prevents you form changing your thoughts. Remember Steps 1 -4. START taking respondibility and STOP blaming others.
6. Smile, Smile, Smile
Now plant that beautiful smile on your face and enjoy your amazing life. Stress will not control you. Stress will not take away your smile. Stress will not take away the bounce in your step.
7. Then Giggle Your Silly Ass Off
Laughing is one of the most beautiful sounds to hear. Laughing/giggling.....releases negative energy. And.... BONUS is a damn good Ab workout.
- Acknowledge the stress
- Let it go
- Take action
- Take Responsibility
- Smile, Smile, Smile
- Then GIGGLE your silly ass off
The quote below is spot on. Print it and tape it up where you see it daily. In fact print several and tape them on your mirror in your bathroom, bedroom, put on your fridge, take one to work....it really helps to have a visual reminder to help keep you on track.
So babes, get your life back. Take time and settle down to a pad of paper and your favorite pen. Grab a tall coffee or a very large glass of wine and unload. Make plans for change. Then change it.
Remember if you haven't started the Stress Management series head there now. I recommend to check out Mind Management too. May need more wine. Cheers!