Most people in the world right now are unfortunately stressed out. Although it is really hard to go from a stressed-out state to a state where you feel totally in control, it is possible to regain control. You just have to put in the hard work to figure out how to control your stress. Here are my top tips when it comes to reducing stress.
Do At Least One Thing For Yourself Each Day
If you prioritize something that you like to do each day (especially if you try to knock that out first thing in the morning), your overall day and mood will greatly benefit from it. An example of this is working out. If you are someone who loves to get exercise, prioritize that each day, even if it’s just a walk around your neighborhood. Research shows that getting some sort of exercise each day benefits not only your physical health but your mental health, as well. Not a workout person? Think about the other things that improve your mood. Maybe this is journaling, taking a bath, drinking a glass of wine, driving in your car without a baby in the backseat, talking with a friend, or getting an extra hour of sleep. No matter what it is, prioritize it and make sure that you are doing at least one thing for yourself each and every day.
Make Time For Your To-Do List
The number one thing that stresses people out (especially parents) is not having enough time for the things that you need to do. When it comes to taking care of the house, making dinner, and catching up on work, you have to find time to get them all done, or else you will be a ball of stress.
In order to get your to-do list done, you have to actually have time. So, make that time for yourself. You can get a babysitter, exchange work hours with your partner, or wake up before the kids wake up. However, you get it done is up to you, but just make the time in your schedule to prioritize your to-do list.
Ask For Help
And when you cannot find that time yourself, what should you do? Ask for help, of course! Asking for help is hard, but it’s not impossible. If you are struggling to get through each day, find a way to ask someone for help. Again, depending on what you need help with, this might look different for each individual person. Maybe it is asking the grandparents to come over one weekend a month to get out for an hour, maybe it is getting help from a counselor (mental health is a priority!), or maybe it is asking a neighbor to go on a walk with you each evening.
Drink Water + Eat
Make sure you have enough energy to tackle your to-do list. Drinking enough water and eating real, healthy foods can help you feel your best, which will help you reduce stress. If you can’t get it all done because you run out of energy, you’ll feel depleted and stressed out. Kill two birds with one stone and make sure that you are fueling your body with real foods and a lot of water.
Last but not least, if you are feeling stressed out by the number of things you need to do each day, try cutting back on the things that you have – the things that you own. If it’s taking you three hours each day to clean your home, removing clutter will help you cut that number immensely. Here are the key areas to look for clutter that’s right under your nose.
Kitchen: Do you use all of your pots and pans? Do you have cans of food sitting around that are well past their expiration dates? Any old cookbooks? Donate or sell them.
Living Room: Those nicknacks and souvenirs may have been cool, but do they still fit your decor? Open up the flow of your living spaces by removing furniture.
Bedrooms: Closets often hide the bulk of our junk. Get rid of what you do not need! For example, if you have old jewelry lying around, sell it. You could make some extra cash for the upcoming holidays, too. Looking for a place to do so? Chapes-JPL, located in Atlanta, GA, buys old jewelry (or gold) no matter if it is in perfect condition, or if it is falling apart. They are unique and also offer additional ways to make some extra cash, as well. For example, they offer Atlanta title pawns, asset loans (low interest), and more. Chapes-JPL was established in 1980 as an alternative to banks and traditional pawnbrokers and they service over 18,000 customers nationwide. Unlike a bank, they loan strictly on the collateral and don’t require credit checks, tax returns, job verification, or personal references (if you are looking into their asset loans). Plus, the typical loan is done in minutes, not days or weeks. It’s a convenient option to make some extra money from your old jewelry.
Linen closets: Organize your towels and linens. If it looks neat, it feels a lot less cluttered. If you find any that have holes or look worn out, donate them to an animal shelter.
Toys: Re-sell, donate or recycle them just in time to make way for the new ones your children want for the holidays.