Oh, it’s Monday. Again. Ugh. Your weekend was fast and furious. It’s time to face the week ahead and dive into life. Stressed? Don’t be. Everyone faces uncertainties, challenges, and hurdles. It’s how you deal with situations that determine your stress level. In fact, stress can be avoided with a good attitude, sleep, healthy eating, and, well, these six ways to beat the weekday stress!
1. Learn How to Be Resilient
Resilience. What does it mean to you? The dictionary defines resilience as the “ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape, or the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.” That’s it. Toughness. Be tough. Don’t let itsy bitsy minor hurdles and challenges stress you out. Learn how to overcome, be resilient, and press forward. You will find that you are less stressed and that the earth rotates whether you have a problem or not.
2. Find Your Happy Place
Thinking happy thoughts are a great way to destress and rejuvenate. Do you like the beach? Go there in your mind. Smell the ocean, feel the warmth of the sun and the beach on your toes. While you are at the beach, think of a funny scenario or a pleasant memory. Laughter and a smile will certainly diminish stress levels. Find your happy place. Studies show that thinking about something else and removing yourself from an adverse situation detours stress. Mind power is an awesome tool. Use it to your advantage.
3. Worry Doesn’t Matter One Iota
Corrie Ten Boom, the famous author and humanitarian, reminds us that, “Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles… it empties today of its strengths.” Stress and worry are roommates. One cannot function without the other. Put worry to bed and don’t be anxious for anything. At the same time, being proactive and accountable on your part is just as important as dismissing worry. Take control of any adverse situations and meet them head-on. Everything has a season, place, and a time.
4. Avoid Emotional Vampires
There are situations and people that we allow into our lives. Sometimes these situations and people cause self-inflicted stress. Be real. Choose to put yourself in situations that are positive and productive. Do not let people who are emotional vampires interfere with your dreams and goals. Vampires can cause unwanted emotional stress and pain. String garlic or whatever it takes; just don’t fall into the trap of feeling obligated to people who steal your joy. You know the people I am talking about. Stay focused on your life, what is important to you, and avoid distractions.
5. Eat Right and Exercise
The mantra for so many stress-related articles is the correlation between eating right and exercise. Without proper diet and exercise, we are a mess of flesh and bones. There are foods that dispel stress. Fruits, leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, and other natural foods are the best choices. Eat organic and choose whole foods. Avoid overly processed foods that get stuck in your gut. Stay within your preferred weight and exercise. One of the best stress-relievers is walking. A leisurely walk is a great way to keep your body in motion and provide meditation time. Go for a picnic after work in a place where you can stretch your legs afterwards. Enjoy the aesthetics and beauty of nature, breath deep, and enjoy life.
6. Get Some Sleep
Zzzzz…. Sleep deprivation is an important factor in stress-related disease and illness. Medical professionals around the world agree that seven to eight hours of sleep for most individuals is a key to well-being and beating stress. We are designed to sleep. We are not designed to stay awake 24 hours, seven days a week. It just doesn’t work. Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who is sleep deprived? Not only do they look disheveled and unkempt; they are also irritable and grouchy. They are stressed. The human plan is to go to work, enjoy your day, eat right, come home, exercise, relax, take a shower and go to bed (in whichever order feels right for you, of course) so sleep tight!
Avoid weekday stress by taking care of your physical and emotional needs. Being relaxed and finding time to meditate is helpful in the stress-release process. Exercise and eating right is always an important aspect of healthy living. Don’t be stressed. Live intentionally and with purpose. Famous equestrian and movie star Viggo Mortensen gives us his views about stress, “One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.”