When you lower your stress you enhance your energy, expand your perspective, and transform your time.
For most of us, the hustle, bustle, and challenges of everyday life are making our stress levels inch up each day. Yet, there are ways to step away from this and lower your stress.
In fact, if you allow stress to build, for example by holding onto the stresses of yesterday, you simply add to the tension of today and tomorrow. Eventually the amount of pressure you carry around inside becomes nearly unbearable – and it eats away at your time and energy.
Lowering your stress has many benefits – and perhaps the greatest is that it allows you to enjoy the life that you are creating. You have choices – always remember that! You don’t have to allow stress and worries to rob you of the full appreciation of your moments!
Lower Your Stress and Transform Your Time
Here are some practical, actionable ideas to get you started on lowering your stress levels right now!
1. Ask for help.
If you’re constantly running on empty, your mind, body, and spirit suffer the repercussions of your tenacity. There’s no shame in asking for help. When you ask, it’s important to be coming from a clear, adult place (as opposed to a ‘victim’ perspective). And being as specific as possible is a big plus, as it enables others to respond from a clear place, too!
Quite often, people are delighted to help and will be more than willing to pitch in.
- If your mounting responsibilities are barely allowing you the necessary time to eat and sleep, you probably have too much on your plate. Streamline your responsibilities by checking your to-do list for items you might be able to remove or delegate.
- If housework is the culprit, divide the tasks amongst the family members in your household. This offers lots of positive benefits, even beyond lowering your stress.
2. Set aside time for yourself.
What do you enjoy doing? Knitting, relaxing in a bubble bath, drawing, lounging in bed watching reruns of the Golden Girls? Indulge yourself in your favorite activity a few times each week.
- Start small! Carve out an hour each weekend to relax and do something you truly enjoy. Maybe it’s a hobby, a walk, or just some quiet time alone. Setting time boundaries for yourself and making time for you is a simple and effective way to lower your stress. And the more you do it the better!
- Refrain from feeling selfish for taking time for yourself. You may be a busy professional, a spouse, a parent and have a home to maintain all at the same time; however, taking two hours now to de-stress will save you from going into overdrive and possibly stressing out your loved ones later.
Connections are important, and making time to connect – first with yourself and then with friends and family – is a vital aspect of managing your stress levels.
Your connection with yourself is the foundation, and then that ripples out. Friends and family make you laugh and provide you with places to share, process, and just relax. This helps deplete your stress levels significantly.
- Try to designate some time, each week, to spend with family and/or friends. If time boundaries are an issue for you, it’s important to be clear with yourself about how much time you are choosing to spend. That way, you won’t feel like this activity is taking away from time you need for other things – thereby increasing your stress!
- If you’re hosting a get-together in your home, avoid fretting about the details. This will counteract your efforts to de-stress! Have a simple plan and enjoy the company.
Stress seems like a normal part of life, but it doesn’t have to be that way if you’re willing to make different choices. Quite often there’s a simple fix to the challenges that are causing you stress.
When you adjust your perspective and own your power, all sorts of solutions pop into view. So here’s to your success, as you lower your stress … and find time for what matters most!© Copyright 2014 Paula Eder, Ph.D.