Stress we all have experienced stress at one point of our lives. Stress can be a good thing if used as a sudden burst to get things done but if it gets out hand or the stress keeps building up without an outlet it would lead to health issues and anxiety. As we grow older, stress tends to build up due to work exhaustion, financial commitments, raising the kids having less time for ourselves. During our younger years stress just comes and go may it be from the upcoming exams, a pile of assignments, school projects and other social activities though they do pile up our younger self can handle stress and just shrug it off and go on living carefree. Why? Because there are less responsibilities when we are young, we are also much active and have a good balance of life to work (or school), fun social interaction and activities, we also eat and drink anything we want and have much time to do crazy stuff.
But what if we can bring that die hard, no surrender mindset to our current older selves. It’s hard to maintain a carefree lifestyle of you have kids and a family that depends on you. But it’s also harder if you’re almost on the verge of a breakdown.
You can still regain that carefree stress free lifestyle but still have to tailor fit it to your current lifestyle.
Focus on yourself
Once in a while, you really have to focus on yourself, find a time when you are alone (Since I’m a late riser, I do my “me time” at night when everyone’s asleep) and just think of yourself and your life priorities aside from thinking of what to do, I plan my day, though things may not go as planned the next day and that may lead to more stress but having a multiple plans and scenarios set for the day ahead calms me, it helps me be in control (even if most of the time, I’m not).
My “me time” or my alone time helps me recharge my batteries, helps me focus more on what I want and what I need. Even if things go wrong the next day, I still have a time for myself later that day, where I can remember all the details that happened may it be good or bad and look at it a different angle. If you do it that way you can remember simple details you may have missed because of the emotion tied to it. Looking at it from a different angle reveals the funny side of something that made us angry or sad earlier.
Plan a day for yourself
Go ahead and plan the most awesome day for yourself even if it’s just for a couple of hours this can help you forget about your worries, think, why do women go on a shopping spree or go to the salon to get their nails or hair done or to the gym for a quick workout? That’s because it’s their form of stress release, feeling good about yourself helps manage the stress and anxiety. Though I definitely won’t suggest a shopping spree, it could be a simple as playing a video game or the newest gadget or upgrades to your gaming pc. I mostly game when I have free time so for me checking out gaming peripheral reviews are my stress managing weapon. I also like to DIY stuff so planning a weekend project calms me down.
Exercise is good
Breathing exercises help a lot you can also read our article on the best exercises to start your day right. Nothing can go wrong with exercising, the benefits are great plus helps your body produce that feel good hormones for countering the stress buildup. Don’t be afraid to go out breathe the fresh air, to sweat, to get tired physically. If you are tired physically it helps take your mind off the things that make you worry. Exercising helps you sleep better rather than being tired mentally while your body is still awake.
Always remember, have fun! What is fun for me may not work for you, so plan a time where you can do all the things you love, talk to your family and friends you need their support. Having a me time as well as a family fun day. Really helps manage stress.