Balancing Stress

Balancing Stress…

It’s another happy, sunny Monday.

But let’s be honest, not all Mondays (or any day of the week) are great. Actually, many people will argue that Mondays are down right awful. If you didn’t notice, last week I didn’t write a post. That’s mostly because I was trying to balance buckets of stress and I couldn’t seem to find the motivation to write. Let’s just say that it was research for this week’s post…

Last week was a stressful week. Both my jobs had major events over the weekend. The Live the Smart Way Expo was on and our clinic was hosting a booth, along with Goodlife’s Spin4Kids event that Glen and I have been raising awareness for. This was piled onto my already self-inflicted stressful daily life which includes running and sticking to my new meal plan to fix my belly issues, which are probably stress related.

I can’t even imagine what it would be like to juggle life while being a full-time parent or caregiver. Anyone with children must be a super human!

I absolutely hate feeling stressed. I love being care-free and having a simple, happy life. All week I was working on ways to manage my stress and continue with my normal daily activities. Thankfully, I’m learning that I’m not a stress eater. But, I am certainly a stress crier (thank-you to my work fam for calmly dealing with me, love you!).

Here are my top three ways to keep my stress level low and my happiness high:

1. Find time for yourself. Take a few minutes to do something you love. Maybe that’s baking, or listening to music. For myself, I took Friday night to go to hot yoga and to take a bubble bath. It gave me some time to relax and relieve the stress that the week had piled on my shoulders.

2. Sit down without technology and spend some time with a loved one. Glen and I have an unwritten rule of no cellphones at the dinner table. It’s become my favourite part of the day when we sit down for dinner to talk about our days. I forget about comparing myself to people on Facebook and remember that where I am is exactly where I am supposed to be.

3. Redirect your mindset. In moments of stress I try to think of things as a blessing rather than a stress. As silly as it sounds, it makes a huge difference to look at two work events as a blessing. I have a job! Our responsibilities are the cause of most of our stress, but think of the alternative – you wouldn’t have a family, you couldn’t afford your bills, or maybe you’re homeless. Although work causes me more stress then I would like, it gives me the opportunity to have the life I do have and I am very grateful for that.

Next time you are feeling the stress bubble into your already exploding head. Take a minute and think of what will make you feel better, think of why you are doing what you’re doing and find something that will cause you peace. For some people that’s wine, and if that’s the case, come on over and we can drink it together.

I’m wishing you all a stress free and beautiful week.

“Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it.”  -Boethius

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