When you’re trying to make the most of your day, but this huge domino effect of unwanted stress meddles in and takes a toll on you… what do you do?
Laundry hasn’t been done yet and honestly, I have no idea when it will be done; the bathroom is a wreck I may add, and oh! don’t forget to remind husband to get milk. I would get it but my car is in the shop. It’s passed due for an oil change and rainy season here in Florida is coming soon (at least that’s what my husband says, even though I think rainy season will start before summer ends, but I digress) and I still need to get my son ready for tomorrow at daycare… great! Now he won’t eat. He hasn’t been eating very well. Wait, how did the baby get on the table? What’s that in his mouth? He hasn’t even taken a nap yet! Where did I put his bottle? My baby is feeding the cat applesauce!
Ahhh! Now I have a headache. Uh.. do I have a doctor’s appointment this week? I need to call them.. rats, it’s Sunday. I missed so much on my to-do list! I need to pick up my car but no one is home to take me… I’ll just sit here and throw a pity party and cry.
I feel like I’ve been sucked into this tunnel of one stress fest after another. It’s not that things are not going my way, I sometimes have no control of it which leads me to not doing anything at all to the things I actually do have control over; which then leads to a deafeted, unaccomplished, I-don’t-feel-like-doing-anything type of day!
So what do you? How do you handle stress?
Try these excercises that has been pretty effective for me:
- CLOSE YOUR EYES
- DRINK COLD WATER
- SMILE AND JUMP UP AND DOWN
- DO SOMETHING YOU ENJOY
BREATHE– Take a few deep breaths! Inhale the positive energy by telling yourself that you will get through this. Exhale the negative energy, regardless of how tiny the issue is. If you can’t take that one stain off the seat of your car and it’s stressing you out, stop! relax! Breathe!
CLOSE YOUR EYES- Close your eyes from anywhere between 20 seconds to one minute. You can breathe in and out too while you close your eyes. If you just close your eyes and breathe normally, that is fine too! Remind yourself to get back on the horse by envisioning yourself hoping back on the tracks!
DRINK COLD WATER- It will literally cool you off! This always works for me whenever I start to feel agitated or stressed out.
SMILE AND JUMP UP AND DOWN– I am serious about this one! It’s obviously completely optional but this makes me laugh after I do it! It’s a complete mood changer to remind me to not stress out over spilled milk!
DO SOMETHING YOU ENJOY– I enjoy writing! Do you love to paint? Go for a walk? Cuddle with your favorite pillow and watch a movie? Then make time for yourself and do it! You deserve it. This excercise will help your stress levels go down as your body releases positive vibes as you preoccupy yourself with something that you want to do, instead of something that you have to do.
After doing these excercises, I feel refreshed and ready to get back out there and handle things much better with a clearer mind!
I hope this was informative and helpful! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to shoot me a message in any of my social media platform!