Last week, I pretty much had a horrible day every single day. Okay, I might be exaggerating, but each day, something went wrong. From being late to work, to sending out a congrats email when it was a decline, to confronting my colleagues, I was not having it. I was stressed out because of the little things that kept happening, and couldn’t wait to go home. I just hoped the weekend would have came so I could forget everything and get a fresh week to start over.
I don’t stress much, but when I do, you can bet I’m all over the place. However, I could have handled it a little bit differently throughout the day so I didn’t have to wait until the weekend to recover. Tips for my future self?
- Breathe. Why do I always forget to do this? It makes all the difference when you stop to talk a couple deep breathes. It will clear your mind and help you refocus.
- Take a walk. A walk is the best way to get a change of scenery in a short time. If you can, try to get outside. If not, at least walk around, away from where you are to cool off.
- Take a break. Breaks are extremely helpful to help get your mind off your stress, at least for a moment. Try talking to someone, watch a funny video, or meditate.
- Make a plan. Sometimes, you can be stressed out because you don’t even know what to start. It helps to make a plan and keep organized you know you’re on track to accomplish what you need to do.
- Eat well. I know it’s so tempting to eat junk food, especially when you’re stressed (I’m more than guilty of the chips and cookies binge), but that’s going to make you more sluggish when you can use the energy. Along with that, I make sure to eat a proper breakfast and lunch.
- Play relaxing music. Listening to music can be just as calming as taking a walk. Listen to something you enjoy, to get you back in that good mood!
- Learn how to say no. I’ve gotten to the point now where I don’t need to be a people pleaser. However, I know it may be hard to say no. If you have too much on your plate, gently let other person down and don’t hesitate to say no (if it’s not urgent).
- Be of service to someone else. Part of what makes me happy is helping people. When you do a good deed for someone else, maybe their happiness will rub off on you!
- Take your time. Often times, I find myself starting over if I rush. Especially if you’re in a hurry, make sure to take your time so everything is done right the first time.
Stress can not only occur in work, but also in your personal relationships as well. Sometimes, they can influence each other. While I’ve listed suggestions for short term stress relief, make sure that you keep yours in check and not out of hand.