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How Do You Deal With Stress?

How do you deal with stress

We all have those moments when the stress consumes us and we freak out.

Trying to find a calm balance to our lives can be difficult. There’s work, friends, family, pets, kids. Our days can seem like it’s a constant go, go, go. Go to work, go home, go to the dry cleaners, go walk the dog, go pay the bills, go to the supermarket. This list can go on and on.

And technology! That adds to stress too without you even realizing it. I mean come on, how many of us check our Facebook newsfeed, or Instagram before we’re even out of bed in the morning? I’ll admit I do. Oh, add emails to that list too. I’m guilty of checking all 5 of my email accounts before I’m out of bed in the morning too.

So here’s some ways I nip stress in the butt right before I feel a meltdown approaching…

1. Face it

Deal with the problem head on. Sometimes stress is induced by ignoring an issue or procrastinating. That phone call you know you have to make to get your doctor appointment set up? Don’t put it off. You know if you put it off you’ll be thinking all day about having to make that call. Procrastinating just adds to the level of stress that is so unnecessary.

2. Exercise

Now, I am not claiming to be someone who exercises everyday but on those days I do, I feel so much better. Sometimes just sweating it out can clear my mind of any stress. Find something you like to do – walking the dog, running, riding a bike. Seriously anything just get up and get going. It helps, I promise. Walking the dog is my biggest stress reliever.

3. Read

Grab a book, curl up in a corner, and get lost. Sometimes getting lost in another world helps. If your focusing on someone else’s story, you won’t be focusing on your own. Instant stress reliever! As soon as I open a book, or my Nook, I forget about everything else.

4. Power down

All those iPhones, iPads, computers and whatever else you have – shut it off! Or at least silence it. Make an effort to not jump right on your phone to check everyone’s status first thing in the morning. The first thing you do and the last in a day should not be updating Facebook. Drop that fear and anxiety of not knowing what’s going on in the social networking world. It will still be there without the constant checking. I’m still trying to work on this myself but I’m getting much better.

5. Yoga

Yes technically this is considered exercise but it’s a different type. I’m a newbie to yoga and so far I really enjoy it. It’s very relaxing and forces me to focus on one thing.

How do you deal with stress?

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7 Comments

  • Reply Kerry Enos

    I read and workout to help de-stress. Sometimes having a media free day helps too.

    August 13, 2014 at 9:24 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      On some days, I think media free is the easiest & fastest way to de-stress.

      August 13, 2014 at 9:37 PM
  • Reply Carolann

    All of these ideas are great advice! I especially believe in the “face it” aspect….deal with it and move on right?

    August 14, 2014 at 9:26 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      Dealing with it is proving to work best for me! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

      August 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM
  • Reply P.J.

    It’s truly amazing how connected we all are. Yet, to relax, we can just unplug and go with it. I’ve been working on a post like this for some time … maybe one day I’ll publish it. But some of the things I do are getting outside for a hike, photography or going to a baseball game.

    August 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      You should publish it when you’re ready. Writing this post was actually very relaxing for me.

      August 19, 2014 at 9:52 AM

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