Good morning! I hope that you are having a good week. Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday. Between the crazy, non-stop bad news all over the world and things going on at home I am feeling a little, no make that a lot stressed this week. So I am curious, how do you deal with stress? Perhaps you have a few tips that I do not use that you would like to share?
I am not sure about you but when I am stressed I can usually find things during the day to occupy my time and distract me, but once the lights are out and I am left along with my thoughts my mind is like a whirly gig and I cannot turn it off. I will lay there for hours mulling over scenarios and solutions until I am so exhausted I finally fall asleep. Are you the same or does sleep off you solace from the stress?
Here are a 10 things that I try to do to cope with stress:
1. Take long walks
2. Take soothing baths
3. Call and talk to a friend
4. Go to the library or the bookstore and relax
5. Go to yoga class
7.Write in my journal
8. Go to church
10. TRY to accept what I cannot change. This is the hardest for me.
To be perfectly honest, sometimes these things work and sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they work to help settle my mind for a little while and then sometimes not.
I have been a worrier and a fixer my whole life and as I age I have been trying to let things go and realize that not everything is mine to fix or to solve. Easier said than done but I am making progress.
What about you? Are you a worrier? Do you have coping mechanisms for stress that work for you?
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Have a great day.