"It's The Simple Things We Can Change To Find Ways To Reduce Stress"
How is it already 2020?! I feel like this year has just flown by in a blink of an eye. I’m not complaining, though. For a lot of people 2019 was a pretty hard year and most of us seem to be looking forward to 2020, myself included.
One thing that I noticed as a common trend in 2019 was unfortunately stress.
That is why I’ve made it an ultimate goal of mine to find different ways to reduce stress this upcoming year, in 2020, and I truly think that most of you need to make that a goal of yours, as well.
Why? Well, for one, it is much more peaceful and your life is much happier when you do not have as much stress. In addition, stress can cause a number of negative effects on your body and your mindset, which is never a good thing. Some common effects of stress are anxiety, headaches, overeating, under-eating, restlessness, lack of motivation, lack of focus, angry outbursts, chest pain, fatigue, muscle pain, and so many other effects, as well.
I bet now you are listening – we need to get our stress under control! Finding ways to reduce stress between work, family and life’s commitments can be overwhelming. But Here are a few ways that I am reducing my stress in 2020:
What Are Some Strategies For Stress
Don’t Do Everything Yourself
If you know that you need to do something this year, but know that it will stress you out, put your pride aside and delegate the task .
For example, if you are trying to do some home renovations this year and do not know exactly what you want done or how to do it yourself, it is a great idea to delegate that task to a professional team such as Arbor Ridge.
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In addition, they also do custom interior remodeling. They truly do it all! Arbor Ridge goes above and beyond your expectations – they develop a plan that keeps your home renovation project on schedule and within budget. If you are market for home improvements, contact Arbor Ridge and let them bring your ideas to life, while helping you learn how to not do it ALL and therefore, helping you to reduce your stress.
Practice Keeping A Positive Mindset
When you are in a situation where you are very stressed out and everything seems to be going wrong, seems like everything is happening at one time. I know it can be very frustrating to hear someone tell you to just be positive. I hear this from my mama everyday!
However (hear me out), there can be some truth to what people say about having a positive mindset. Not only can positive thinking affect your stress levels, but if can also affect your overall health, including cardiovascular health, risk of depression, life span, and immunity to illness.
The good news is that you don’t have to be a sparkling ray of sunshine to begin having more positive thoughts. Starting with little things, such as identifying one good part of your day each night, can even be enough to reduce some of that overwhelming stress, and maybe even lead to more subconscious positive thinking.
If what I say isn’t enough to convince you, there are actual research studies that show how positive thinking affects stress management. If you don’t believe me, believe the science!
Make Necessary Changes
There are times when the methods above don’t work to reduce your stress. When this occurs, you might need to consider making changes in your life that will leave you with less stress and a healthier situation.
Think about what exactly it is that is causing your stress – is it your job? Is it a significant other? Is it your finances?
Determining the source of your stress is the first step.
Once you can identify exactly what is causing your stress, the next step is figuring out a goal. What do you want your life to look like? Write it down for accountability. Finally, figure out (and write down) steps you need to take to re-mediate the problem and reach that goal.
So, for example, if you identify that your job is what causes you stress (step 1), your goal might be to get a job as a nurse instead (goal – step 2), and your steps to reaching that goal might be to find/apply to a school to get the education that you need, get through school, and then find a job as a nurse (step 3 – steps to resolution).
Trust me when I tell you that life is too short to live miserably, so make the necessary changes now so that you can move on and live a happier life!