Am I the only one who stresses about stress? I guess not!
We all do this, we worry, get anxious and stressed just at the prospect of a stressful situation! Rationally we are maybe able to tell ourselves that we shouldn’t do it, but it can be hard to get our gut to follow suit.
What can you do, when the stress about stress becomes too much? Here are some thoughts:
1. Plan Ahead, and Give Yourself Plenty of Breathing Room
When you are getting yourself organised to deal with whatever is stressing you our, make sure you plan with as much time to spare as you can. This will give you enough room to deal with any unexpected situations, and leaves room for essential self-care!
2. Connect to People Who Understand
Don’t suffer alone or in silence. Reach out to people who can help you through your stressful times. Fellow survivors will understand what you are going through, you friends may provide some much needed distraction… Just don’t lock yourself away!
3. Keep Breathing!
Taking time to breathe is important. If breathing meditation is not your cup of tea, find other activities that can help you quiet your mind… Doing some art projects, spending some time preparing an elaborate (healthy) meal, having a home spa treatment… There are many options to give yourself a breather. This is a very important aspect of self-care, especially during stressful times!
4. Remember What You’re Made Of
When we are stressed, we often only think of all our weaknesses. We focus all our attention on the various ways we may fail. So, make a conscious effort to remember your talents and strengths. This may be a good time to create some affirmations for yourself, and leave them around the house so you keep reminding yourself that you have a ton amazing talents you can draw on.
5. Build Your Resilience
Taking some time during times when you are not stressed, can help you prepare for stress ahead. Did you listen to the podcast Mags and Michael recorded on resilience, and how it helps with the BIG Stuff? If not, check it out! If you want more help from Michael, check out his course on Udemy (follow this link for a special SwanWaters discount).