Stress, stress, stress. Busy, busy, busy. Everyone nowadays is on the go, potentially frazzled and overwhelmed. That’s why it’s high time for you to figure out 3 easy tips to less stress in your life. Having less stress can mean more happiness and more time to do things that you really love to do, like eating chocolate, or binge watching Netflix. Most of my life, I’ve been a high strung, easily stressed chick. It’s in my nature. Some of my earliest memories are of childhood panic attacks. There was a time when my parents left me at the Circuit City daycare (yup, I know I am dating myself) so they could shop sans child. My little five year old self was fricking out about the fact they may not come back for me. To this day that feeling gives me a pit in my stomach. It was awful. It wasn’t that I enjoyed being stressed and anxious. It was just how I was wired. Even if you don’t have anxiety issues like I do, you too could be too stressed! Stress is so bad for your health, but we spend so much time busy with no down time and no time to do the things that truly make us happy. My 3 Easy Tips to less stress in your life are here to save the day. For those of you in denial that you can do anything about it, or denying that you too aren’t stressed, we have a little handy dandy stress checklist just for you. It doesn’t matter to me if you aren’t honest with yourself, but you will keep being stressed and that usually means unhappy. Who the heck wants to live their how lives unhappy.
Just How Stressed Are You
- Do you feel like you have days when you are so busy that you don’t have time to breath?
- Do you feel like there is nothing in your life you can drop to give yourself more free time?
- Do you feel irritated and exhausted because you are so busy?
- Do you feel like you can’t remember the last time you had any “Me Time?”
- Do you feel like your life is a never ending schedule of taking care of others or shuttling others to and from?
- Do you feel disorganized?
- Do you feel overwhelmed?
If you answered yes to at least half of those questions, chances are you are stressed to the max and need to make some adjustsments! Here are some things that can happen to you if you don’t learn easy tips to less stress in your life. According to the American Institute on Stress, too much stress can lead to:
- Racing Thoughts
- Muscle Aches
- Weight Gain or Loss
- and much more!
I don’t know about you, but we are constantly bombarded to do more and with doing more comes stress. It’s time that we take actions into our own hands, and learn healthy ways to deal with stress. That all begins with these 3 Easy tips to less stress. Check them out. Pin them. Memorize them. Make them your morning mantra. I’ve been using these three tips for the last ten years, and each year my life is blessed with fewer and fewer instances of stress because I’ve been able to recognize my limits. Here are some benefits of reducing stress.
- Weight Loss
- Feeling More Relaxed
- Better Self Esteem
- Feeling More Empowered
Now what are you waiting for? Let’s kick stress’s butt!
3 Easy Tips to Less Stress
Learn to Say No: This is a very basic tip that you have probably heard before. And you probably responded with, “But I can’t say no!” Think of these few questions to help give you the willpower to say no.
- Will your child die of disappointment if you tell them no they can do (sports, Girl Scouts, dance, etc)?
- Will your world implode if you say no to doing something?
- Will your relationship fall apart if you say no to something?
- Will I feel like I’ve not taken care of myself if I say no?
Chances are if you truly think about these questions about 90% of the things you feel like you HAVE to do the answer is actually no. If the answer is yes, but should be no, then maybe it’s time to look at the relationships in your life. It’s not selfish to put yourself first, and see how much you can handle. It’s no selfish to say no, when you really want to say no, but you can tell someone else wants you to say yes. Saying yes when you should’ve said no leads to unhappiness and lots and lots of stress.
Embrace Mindfulness: Mindfulness is probably one of the most important ways that I’ve learned to reduce stress in my life. What the heck is mindfulness? It’s when you slow down, pay attention to your life, and your breath, and make sure to take time for yourself. Recently I added another tool to my mindfulness toolbox, the Spire Mindfulness and Activity tracker. It’s unlike any tracker I’ve used before; it measures your breath. You can clip it to your belt, or your bra, and it measures how deeply you are breathing. The more shallow the breaths the more stressed you are, bet you didn’t know that did you?
I’ve been wearing my Spire Mindfulness tracker for a week now and I love how it’s made me more aware of how shallow of a breather I am. Each and every day, I strive to take at least five minutes where I breathe deeply and it has made a WORLD of difference in my health and my mental state. The Spire tracker syncs with the Spire app which is free to download for iOs or Android. It can even store up to six hours of tracking if you happen to be away from your device. It easily helps you track how your body reacts when you encounter stress and reminds you when you need to breath a little bit deeper to avoid lots of stress in the day! You can learn more about the Spire tracker here. It’s also helped me make sure that I get my “me time” in every single day, even if it’s just for that five minutes of deep breathing. Don’t think you can steal away for some “me time” then you need to check out these posts!
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Declutter, Declutter, Declutter: Mess equals stress. The more stuff you own, the more mess you have to organize, clean, and declutter. Americans are especially bad about thinking that owning things equals happiness. When you have kids, that makes the amount of stuff in your home grow exponentially. Imagine with me for a second. How much time would you free up if you didn’t have to clean your room, clean your living room, or clean your kids’ rooms? Sure, this may seem like some alternate universe, but this universe can too be yours for just a few decluttering tips in your life. Don’t get overwhelmed! Check out these easy decluttering tips to get you started little by little.
- Easy Declutter Checklist
- 7 Ways Declutter Your Home in 15 Minutes a Day
- Declutter Your House By Asking These Two Simple Questions
Don’t freak out: Ok, I know I said that this was a post about 3 Easy tips to Less Stress, but I couldn’t help but add this one. Stress is always going to be a possibility in your life. One of the most important things to do is not give into it. Life is stressful. Stop freaking out about the little things. Control what you can control and BELIEVE in yourself that you can handle stress! Just this one little tip (don’t freak out) will help you cope with stress that does sneak into your life. With each instance of stress, you get better and better at controllling your responses. Again this is where Spire totally rocks, you can set it to give you alerts when you haven’t taken deep breaths or when it detects you are stressed for long periods of time. It’s just enough to break up the stress and train you to watch your reactions. Now you are ready to conquer the world! Make stress your bitch, and get your zen on. It’s not a pipe dream. It’s not for people that can afford to hire nannies and housekeepers. Even with raising three teenagers, working from home, and homeschooling these are three easy tips to less stress that I use everyday in my life (Some days are better than others), and it has helped changed me from a high strung five year old that feared being abandonded in a Circuit City daycare to the kick ass secure woman I am today. For all the other freak outs, I am powered by the powers of coffee, wine, and chocolate and that means life is allright!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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