How many times have you felt stressed in the last week or so? I can count at least five times. Four of those were to do with The Teen’s GCSE’s and her – and my – ability to constantly misplace things! Stress isn’t just awful for your health (90% of visits to the doctor are for stress related concerns) it’s terrible for your skin – breakout city here we come – and also, plays havoc with your wellbeing. And that is not on!
Even though we’re told a little bit of stress is something we can all do with as it keeps us alert and ready to avoid danger, too much is a definite no-no. It makes us feel and look worse for wear and it impacts on our relationships, putting everything into a negative spin. So here are my three favourite tricks for staying as upbeat as possible when stress slithers into my life. I hope they can help you too…
Make a move
Of course there are times when you feel like you’ve got too much going on in your life to fit in a gym session. And what’s worse, just thinking about that unused gym membership that you paid for makes your stress levels escalate. Stop! If you can’t get there, you can’t get there. Cut yourself some slack and just move!
Whether it’s doing jumping jacks while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil, a quick 5 minute online workout before your sandwich or running up and down the stairs fetching and carrying the dirty washing (been there, done that many times today!) Try and make your everyday tasks into a little workout of their own by putting a little extra oomph into it and you’ll feel less guilty. Plus it’ll pep up your mood and clear your mind so that, when you’re ready, you can sit down and schedule in a time when you can get the gym without feeling under pressure!
And that 5 minute workout? I love this one for its feel-good factor, though Stressed Husband did ask me if there was a herd of elephants running through our room when I did it. Rude.
Don’t overthink it
You have a problem that is worrying you and you can’t seem to find a solution. Have you discussed it with your friends or partner? Sometimes talking about things can really make you see a different point of view and it’s nice to share your thoughts and feelings too. You never know, your friends might need to talk to you about something that’s stressing them out and you could have the answer to help them. That old saying ‘can’t see the wood through the trees’ can often apply to how ‘stuck’ you feel. I find that if I take a break from a niggling problem – see friends, watch a film or walk the dog – I’ve often found a solution when I come back to it. If not, I make a plan to help me see the way forward.
Do what makes you happy
I think this is probably my number one favourite stress buster! If you’re feeling bogged down by worries or you’re just feeling a bit under par, do something that is guaranteed to brighten your day – and don’t bloody feel guilty about it! Go and buy yourself a big piece of cake – or even just a coffee – from that posh patisserie and enjoy it. Sit outside in the sunshine and read a glossy magazine or talk to a friend who always cheers you up. Kiss your dog 🙂 and dance around the kitchen or the garden to your favourite music. And if your neighbours can see, let them think you’re potty – who cares if it’s cheering you up and alleviating stress?
Remember, you may be feeling stressed or low and think that everybody but you is living a life of whoops and wonder but, guess what, we all feel a bit crap sometimes – even if social media tells you otherwise. So, give yourself time to feel the emotions you’re feeling – they’re normal and so are you. Actually, no, you’re not normal – you’re blooming fabulous!
What are your simple stress busters?