People are constantly striving to make real improvements in the world. New waves of communication and better technology have lead to increased life spans and seemingly better lives.
While there are many positives when it comes to modern life, the downside is that often people try to cram too many things into a single day. In this fast paced world, stress may get the better of you and you might have trouble looking on the bright side. We have recently talked about getting organized and managing our own expectations as ways to deal with stress more effectively.
Unplug: Schedule Some Downtime
You may feel like you should always be doing something productive. However, taking care of yourself is ultimately the most productive thing you can do. When you have given yourself the proper rest and granted yourself permission to do whatever you want once in awhile, you will be better able to focus great efforts on the other things in your life that matter.
People who schedule downtime for themselves clearly have lower stress levels.
Allow yourself a proper amount of time for rest. Get 6-8 hours of sleep at night and avoid the temptation to stay up doing something else with that time.
You should also allow yourself a portion of the day where you get to do whatever you please. Even when time is short, let yourself enjoy a few minutes of absolute relaxation sometime during the day to rejuvenate.
Scheduling proper downtime will also gives you time for reflection. When you are able to reflect on your life, you can sort out the meaning of it all. You will be more likely to truly enjoy your journey.
It is all too easy to let life pass you by if you don’t take some time to reflect.
Concentrate On Your Attitude
Thinking positively is something you can choose to do regardless of the current circumstances in your life. Everyone struggles with it periodically, and you owe it to yourself to focus on having a positive attitude.
A positive attitude is the foundation for a good life. Your outlook will allow you to enjoy all the craziness and will equip you to better deal with the stressful parts. When negative thinking creeps in, remind yourself to think about all the things that are going right. You can also visualize how it will feel when things turn around for the better.
In a fast paced life, you can definitely take certain steps to slow your life down, but you can also work at keeping up more efficiently. Make a list of the areas where you are having trouble balancing. Brainstorm about the actions that you can take to improve your ability to cope.
For example, if you are struggling to complete your tasks at work, investigate ways in which you can do to fix this challenge. Maybe you can do one of your projects more efficiently. Perhaps you can rearrange your schedule to take care of the more stressful tasks first, leaving the much less stressful portions for the end of the day when you are ready to wind down.
Dealing with Stress
Stress in your everyday life is almost unavoidable. But, it is in how you deal with the stress that counts. It is important for you to not let it build up, or it could lead to greater issues in the long run.
Do what you can to relieve your stress in a healthy way. Work on relaxation and breathing techniques. If you are more socially inclined, venting to a close friend can help you deal with stress. As long as you are doing some thing to relieve your stress, you will be able to jump back into your faced paced life with a positive attitude.
Just because the rest of the world we live in is hectic, does not mean that your life needs to carry on that way also.
Each of my functions comes with its own stressors. My best coping mechanism is writing. Writing in a journal or writing here. This helps me bring some clarity to my mind before I fire back with both barrels. I also do deep breathing, pottery, paint a bit and shoot a few photographs.
For me, it is reaching for something close at hand to pull in my thinking, and sort through the issue, as well as the ways at which it can be rectified.
Today, I plan to make healthier choices and experience total enthusiasm in everything I do.
1. What is my biggest stressor today?
2. What better choices are available to me to deal with this stress better?
3. How can I add more enthusiasm to my daily life?