Typically, I am a high stress person. As we’ve all learned in school, stress isn’t always bad, there’s good stress too. And trust me, I feel it all. I often look at this as a benefit, because it has served me well in past jobs, being able to think critically…understanding that sometimes thinking of the negatives first results in finding an effective positive…and being able to move and react quickly (usually in a positive way ;)). I often think of how beneficial these three patterns were to me when I was working as a 911 dispatcher. Most people don’t realize everything that 911 dispatchers do. They have to answer emergency calls, listen and respond to radio traffic, amongst looking up pertinent information quickly. While I am no longer a dispatcher, I will always have a special place in my heart for this line of work.
Sometimes, no matter how motivating or efficient stress can be….I find that when my stress levels are too high for too long, I begin to feel bogged down. I’m irritable, I begin a cycle of insomnia, and although I don’t like to admit it….I begin to take things people say pretty personally. In the past, I’ve had a difficult time figuring out what the root cause was of these patterns. It would seem as if all of a sudden, I was just bothered, annoyed. However, with much personal development work (I’m a big personal development nerd…could talk to you about it forever)….I’ve realized that it is because I have stopped taking time to recharge and do something for myself just for the sake of relaxing.
So without much further ado, here are my top tips to unwind and get out of a funk.
1. Move: Even if you are not a big fan of exercising, this is one of my top tips. I always feel better after a workout of some sort and it is nice knowing that I did something productive to benefit myself. I love going on walks outside, and I absolutely love Cassey Ho’s workouts on blogilates.com
2. Take a People Break: Maybe this one is just because I’m an introvert, but I often find myself needing to spend an entire day alone when I feel incredibly stressed. Just having time to do whatever I want and be with my own thoughts makes me feel one hundred times better.
3. Get Lost In a Book: I can unwind so easily by getting lost in a good book. Taking some time to disconnect and focus on the characters and their lives does wonders for me. This usually goes along with petting my cats for a while, as they try and sit on the book I’m reading, or just walking around the library looking for the next book to start. Something about browsing the shelves at the library is an instant pick me up.
4. Make a List: When I begin to feel incredibly overwhelmed I break down all of my tasks into small chunks. I can visually see progress happening and pretty soon a big task is complete. I also try to do small nagging tasks first, as they are usually pretty simple, just daunting to think about. It is such a relief once they are done and out of the way.
5. Bible Study and Prayer: This really is my number one go to when I am feeling stressed. Reading the Bible, a devotional, and spending time in prayer always makes me feel so much more peace in my life. I also love listening to Joyce Meyer and usually listen to her podcast while taking a walk.
6. Clean/Organize: I don’t know what it is about decluttering, organizing, and cleaning. Yet somehow, I always feel so much more at peace when I have tackled an area that has collected clutter.
I hope you all have a lovely Wednesday and take some time to relax! Also, don’t forget, if you’re still in need of a Father’s Day gift, check out my gift guide here.