You can meditate, drink tea, and listen to soothing music to calm your nerves, but sometimes you need to go to the source and destress your life a little! Cleaning the house, getting organized, and using a day planning can help a lot with this, as can getting up earlier and putting a limit on your caffeine intake. We wanted to go a step further and share some less mainstream ideas in case you’ve tried these tips already and still find yourself feeling overwhelmed by your day-to-day.
1. Don’t think, just do it
Stop keeping a mental list of things that need to get done. It stresses your mind and you’ll inevitably forget something. There is a moment right after we initially have an action thought (things like when we first notice the car needs maintenance or noticing the dishes need to be washed) when we actually begin to activate all the muscles needed to carry out the task. We are ready for action, but if we hesitate and decide we can do it later, all that action your body was ready for, even if it was just calling to schedule that dentist appointment, translates into stress. Now you have to remember that you need to call, you have one more thing on your plate, weighing you down.
As soon as that initial thought enters your mind, act on it! If you can’t take immediate action, WRITE IT DOWN and handle the task at your next opportunity. Taking action as soon as the thought enters your mind will help you destress even if you just put it on a sticky note for later.
2. If it’s broken, fix it
Fix or replace things that are broken. If only one side of the toaster works, get a new one. Your key sticks in the lock? Get someone to fix it. We tend to put off fixing or replacing things if they still “mostly” work, but this ends up costing us time and energy due to stress. These tiny amounts of stress throughout the day are like little shocks to your nervous system and they build up. It’s amazing how much more relaxed you feel when you get even the smallest things fixed and no longer have to think about them.
3. New word: No
So many of us have such a hard time saying no! It usually comes from a place of caring for the people in our lives that we feel compelled to say yes to everything, but it can actually be really harmful to your well-being. Piling on too many commitments or saying yes to things that drain you, stresses your mind and can cause anxiety and depression, which makes you a less effective friend/co-worker/team mate, etc.
Whenever someone asks you to do something, don’t answer immediately. Take a moment to ask yourself if saying ‘yes’ to this person means you have to say ‘no’ to yourself. This couple extra seconds of self-inquiry can go a long way toward helping you destress your life. Remember, saying ‘no’ doesn’t mean you aren’t a good person. It actually makes you a better person because you will be more present and more authentic if you are taking care of yourself.
We hope you find these tips useful and that you are all staying safe and healthy!
The Team at The William Hotel
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