One of my only personal New Year’s resolutions for 2009 was to try not to get too stressed. I’m not always good at this. Some days I will sweat the small stuff–like the house not being spotless. Life is so fleeting that wasting time being stressed really isn’t worth it. Trying to change my mindset is helpful. Even when I’m stressed over something that probably should be important, I try to remind myself that it still isn’t that big of a deal. There are very few things in life that are really worth stressing over.
Here are some tips that are vital for me to stay stress free. Try them and see if they work for you.
Exercise: I know people always say they are too busy to find time to work out, but I swear by it. If I skip exercise because I am too stressed, it only makes matters worse. And I have noticed that taking a walk always helps calm my nerves.
A Hot Bath: This is just pure and utter bliss. It works every time.
A Massage: A professional massage is always great, but maybe you and a friend can swap massages. The truth is, rubbing someone else probably reduces stress. It might work like one of the stress balls you can squeeze.
Stopping: When I’m so stressed that I’m not thinking clearly, I inevitably just get more stressed. I’ve learned to stop. If I can’t focus on what I’m doing I’m not going to do it well anyway. This goes full circle, because when it comes to the point where I need to stop, a walk will usually cure what ails me.