Guys, can we talk about being STRESSED OUT?
Damn, since I’ve been back from travelling I have been pretty stressed out. Who knew that falling off the grid for a couple months would mean such hard work trying to get your ‘normal life’ back on track when you return?!
AND, it’s mostly financial. Ugh. You know what I’m saying?
This is the same for a lot of us – right? According to Compare the Market, it’s the number one cause of stress in Australia… Almost 60% of people feel pressure to afford food & basic necessities. Shocking.
This is a major factor in all of our lives, one that we’ve come to expect. But should we just accept it at face value?
Don’t get me wrong – we all have stresses in our lives that we mostly have no choice over – HOWEVER – we can choose how we deal with those stresses. So, let’s discuss how, shall we?
- Make action steps
Most of my historic stresses came about because I lacked any plan or strategy when it came to external pressures in my life. Numero one example of this is financial pressures. Especially when I was at uni. Coming to grips with the fact that the latest Mulberry should be lower on my priority list than say, groceries… was a tough lesson to learn.
Making an action plan allows you to break down your problem into easy bite sized chunks. The steps might look something like this:
- Identify the problem: I owe £500 but I can afford it
- Consider the solution: call the company I owe money to – discuss a manageable payback plan
- Take steps to make sure you plan for any other financial constraints you have as well as paying back the agreed amount to your lender
Visualisation is a great way to do this – think post it notes on the wall, a list of tasks in a spreadsheet or on your list mobile app.
I don’t know about you but my anxiety can get so out of control sometimes! I’m talking mind boggling, can barely see through the gray kinda anxiety. & let me tell ya, freaking out about whatever is stressing you doesn’t help one little bit.
Visualising what your ideal outcome would look like can help massively. It helps shape your reality & loosen up your brain to find creative, more productive solutions. How do you do it? Close your eyes & daydream about how your solution will come about. Trust me – it will help!
Once you’ve taken the necessary steps to solving your issues, take a break. But don’t take the break first! Ignoring your problems certainly won’t help them disappear. Face your problem, & even if you haven’t come to a finalised solution, take stock in the fact that you have tried your very hardest! So, take a break. Take a bath, give yourself a mani / pedi or simply meditate. That’s my all time fave. Just sit in a quiet little spot, breathe deeply & let your mind be clear of any thoughts, worries or stress. Easier said than done? PRACTICE!
Feeling stressed? Tell me about it!! How do you get all that anxious energy out of your system?
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