I deal with my stress in many ways. I run, I read, I sleep, I cry, I do yoga, I eat Talenti, I tweet, I blog, and I call my friends or my family. Sometimes when I am extremely overwhelmed I scream so loud that my throat itches afterwards. That always makes me feel better but I don’t use that method too often. Some of these methods are great means of managing stress, while others are not so great. The most content people in life are those who are able to manage their stress successfully.
I am a high-strung, Type A, Virgo. All of this makes dealing with stress important because I find stress in very minor things. For example, I hate that my husband does not put away his clothes that I have sorted, washed, folded and placed in his room. This brings me so much anxiety because I want everything in the right place all of the time. I understand that may not happen with kids around and I have dealt with that by putting all of the kids toys in the basement. My husband does not see the big deal in clothes being in a basket for weeks at a time and no matter how many times I explain my feelings on it, he still does not see the big deal. I had to come to grips with our different outlooks, close the door to that room, and put that at the bottom of the list of things to worry about.
I always stress about not being a perfect parent. Some things that helps me to be a better parent is to count down before reacting. This allows me the time to assess if it’s really worth getting worked up about. Many times I have to remind myself that children will be children and they don’t mean any harm by throwing your iPad on the floor when they are upset. They really think it is fun to just jump off the last two steps onto a wooden floor and they don’t know that they could crack their skull. There are plenty of books but not enough time to read so you live, learn and call your friends who have older kids and can help you through these rough patches.
The only way I can properly work through my daily stressors and the others that life may bring is by digging deeper into each situation and finding appropriate solutions to each problem. The simpler issues I can resolve quickly but others take a lot of thought and time. I can easily (took a few years) not worry about the basket of clothes but I have to actively work on being more patient with everyone around me. The stress of life can show up in your health and in your lack of success. Stress kills physically and will kill your dreams if you let it.
Life is full of stress and we have to be prepared to deal with it in order to get the most out of each day and every moment. The time we spend stressing could be used in developing ideas and plans to get you through the current phase or to get to the next level. The stress we allow to build up inside of us can cause digestive problems, fertility problems, urinary problems or a weakened immune system. Finding a healthy way to manage stress will enhance your life and your positive perception will create better outcomes to situations that could have ended disastrously.
I am actively working on managing my stress and making the best of every situation. We are all a work in progress but learning how to address certain aspects of our lives will help us in the long run. This is an individualized journey, so how you best deal with your stress may be completely different than mine but having readily available methods will ensure your progressive success.
Find your inner peace and work hard to stay there. Rid yourself of negative energy, people or situations. Be positive. Stay encouraged. Encourage others. Be kind to others. Be you. Do you. Tell your own story. On your own terms.