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Life is stressful. Period. No matter what people do, there is always SOME level of stress in our lives. Certain people are motivated by stress; it helps them focus and keeps them on their toes. Others are stifled by stress; leaving them frozen with no idea where to go or what to start with or when to even start! Which one sounds like you? For me, I am the second kind of person. Stress almost is like a handicap to me at times; thus, I have come up with numerous ways to handle it that has worked best for me and helped me succeed more as a wife, mom, homemaker, blogger, daughter, and friend. These are 3 easy tips on how to relieve stress that have truly helped me:
1. Keeping Things Tidied Up
First off, I was the typical “messy girl” growing up; my clothes were all over the place and I rarely cleaned my room (sorry mom!). Somehow I survived through high school and college like this, and looking back I have literally no idea how. When I met my husband, he was the complete opposite. Everything had its place and everything was always cleaned up. This obviously created quite the obstacle as newlyweds! However, I started noticing that as I was keeping things organized and cleaned up for my hubby, I was thriving more. I was more focused, more capable, and I had more room in my brain for other things that weren’t “this all needs cleaned up”. So here are a few things I do now (almost, because it’s still a challenge for me) every day to give my brain a break and be able to be productive:
- Make Your Bed.
- Wipe down your kitchen counters in the morning and at night. (and the numerous times in between if you have children! ha!)
- Put your kids toys away at nap time and give them a designated play area. Thus, when your husband comes home, the house is assembled.
These few things seem like tiny tasks and that’s because they ARE; however, the impact they have on one’s psyche can relieve stress almost immediately. Do you have other “cleaning” tips that help you stay stress free that you do every day? Let me know in the comment section.
2. Deep Breathing
I know, I know. You knew this one was going to be on here. BUT, that’s because IT WORKS. I have recently been introduced to an awesome technique by a friend of mine who is an amazing life-coach, Joanel Ryman. I now do this every morning when I wake up and every time I start feeling the anxiety of whatever is going on in my life.
- Breathe in deep for 7 seconds
- Hold that breath in for 4 seconds
- Blow it out (like you’re blowing up a balloon) for 8 seconds
- Do this 3-4 times
This breathing technique helps center your mind and removes whatever is weighing on you at that moment. Then, it allows you to take action with a clear focus. Joanel has helped me SO much in my friendship with her, I highly suggest if you are in the Pittsburgh area to contact her and look up her facebook page if you are struggling with finding a direction or handling anxiety.
**Also, this technique is GREAT to help you fall asleep if you have trouble doing so!
3. Lists/Goals for the Day
This is a simple step I started taking back in college when I was overwhelmed with school, coaching a club volleyball team, planning my wedding, and working. I needed a quick reminder of what I NEEDED to actually get done with that day, not what I got INTERRUPTED by during the day. Here’s what I do:
- Get a planner (or whatever scheduling/list organizer works for you). Abby from Justagirlandherblog has AWESOME new printables available for this exact topic that she just released!
- List your top 3 most important tasks for your day that MUST get done. Work on these first and as soon as possible, so you are already feeling accomplished early in your day.
- SCRATCH OFF WHAT IS DONE! (This is the most rewarding part of lists, so make sure you do it!)
I have become a list-aholic and I’m totally okay with that. I am more productive than I’ve ever been due to staying organized and focused on what I need to accomplish each day, rather than letting my day control my goals. Do you use lists already or use a certain template? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! (I’m always open to new strategies and seeing if they work in my home.)
There is no way to completely remove stress from your life, but taking action and taking control of how you handle it can be the best step you ever make. Let me know if these 3 easy tips on how to relieve stress helped you, what you do to relieve stress, and if you have any questions about other topics related to stress/organization!