My last few blog posts have been controversial, so I have decided to take a step back with a more relaxed blog post. This one is on how to manage stress. Well not everyone’s stress, but how I handle mine.
Lately, my eye has been twitching non-stop which is a pretty good indicator that I am stressed. I don’t remember when my eyes started twitching as signs of stress; I remember it started hurting after a while. The weird thing is, it used to be my right eye that had problems, but as of right now it’s my left eye. I’m not sure what’s changed, all I know is I need to de-stress.
This isn’t a self-help article, I’m writing this more for me than for you, but if it helps you great. There are a few things doctors tell you to do to keep your stress under control, but if we are honest, most of it doesn’t work. I can’t sit and make a list of ten things every day that supposedly help my stress level. I am way too busy. So instead of going through a list, I have been finding little ways to work on myself throughout the day.
1. Finding time to breathe- I know what you’re thinking, everyone breathes. Yeah, I know we do it all the time, but when was the last time you breathed in and thought about how good it feels to be breathing? When was the last time you breathed in, smelled everything, and said: “Thank the lord I am here and alive, I can fucking do this.”? If you’re like me, it’s probably been a little while. Every day my eye twitched, and at some point, I excuse myself to breathe. It doesn’t matter where I am; I even do this at work.
2. I drink something hot- I have read a ton of articles about how coffee is worse for anxiety or brings your stress level up, a billion several reasons why I shouldn’t be drinking coffee. But here’s what they don’t tell you. When you’re a high stressed, anxious being, it’s hard to feel human. If a hot cup of coffee is going to make you feel just a slight bit more human, and relaxed, drink up.
3. Walking/Jogging- So this one is on the lists of things doctors should say you need to do. It’s pretty accurate. I don’t mean get on a treadmill or elliptical at the gym when I say walking, I mean go outside. As I get older I notice I am inside more and more, I feel trapped and confined, I have to get outside. Maybe you hate walking, sit outside and read a book. Do anything that involves being outside, just remember, walking is good for you.
4. Keep a food journal- There are multiple reasons I do this, but the biggest reason I personally do this is because I can remember how I am feeling by what I eat. I noticed when I am more stressed; I eat more candy than on a normal day. I consume more food than I should, and that makes me more stressed out. If I am conscious of what’s going in my body, I feel more in control and less stressed.
5. Do something for you- Every two weeks I get my toes and nails done. This is something that is mine, that I won’t give up, something I will always find money for because it helps me feel confident about myself. I go for a full day, I sit, I think to myself, and I enjoy it. Now not everyone is going to love spending an entire day in a spa; maybe you’re more of a hiker. Well, whatever it is, set time aside for that one thing, that can be yours and do it.
These are all the things that help me get by every day. These are tips that I use personally, but everyone is different, so you must evaluate yourself and determine what will work for you. The best solutions are ones that you come up with on your own. No one else can tell you what sets off your stress, or what will help it, that’s something for you to reflect on.