If you know me, you know I get stressed; a lot and every easily. I don’t know what is, but I’ve always been a worrier. I used to constantly have stomach aches as a teenager because I was always stressed/anxious about something; it wasn’t fun.
I’ve been pretty stressed out lately; it’s a mixture of big and small things: work (the usual – incredibly busy and short-staffed) , our apartment (it’s leaky, and will cost a bit to fix), my husband’s health issues (he blogged about it a while ago, if you would like to have a read) and a whole host of other things that keep my grinding my teeth and unable to sit still because I can’t stop fidgeting.
Last year, I shared a list of things I need to remember when I’m stressed/bummed out, because honestly, it can be hard to focus on things when your mind’s rushing. This year I thought it might good to share a few things I do to unwind and de-stress a little.
Asking myself these questions – what’s the worst case scenario? What’s the best case scenario? What’s the most likely scenario? A lot of the time I’m stressed out, it’s because I think I’m in trouble, or because I’ve doubted myself so much that I think I’ve completely fucked something up. In those cases I find thinking about the best case/worst case scenario and then working out what the most likely outcome will be incredibly helpful. I helps me put things into perspective – nine times out of 10 the most likely outcome is usually never nearly anywhere as bad as the worst cast scenario.
Talking about it: This is something I need to do more often, because Lord knows I hate talking my feelings. I always feel a lot better when I’ve talked about what’s stressing me out though (even if I think it’s small, or really stupid).
Crying: because sometimes, you just need a good cry.
Doing something active: I find that exercise is a great way to de-stress; it helps me focus on something other than what it is I’m stressing out about, and I tend to feel really good/a little worn out after a good workout or walk.
Self-care: This can be anything from having some me-time (which, not going to lie, is the best kind of time), to getting away for a bit, or simply having a cup of tea.
What do you do to de-stress? I’d love to know, because honestly – the more ways I have of winding down and de-stressing the better! xx