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I am no stranger to stress, as I am sure many of you are as well; however, there are ways, methods, and techniques that one can utilize to at least decrease the uncontrollable stress that arises in each of our own lives.
Start to declutter. Declutter your home, declutter your mind, and declutter your computer – including your email. When you become non-functional and lacking in productivity – then you know it’s time to declutter.
Begin by recognizing what is clutter. Then ask yourself why you are still holding onto that clutter. Is it memorable? Does it fit with your decor? Does it contain vital information? When you’re able to identify why you are holding onto the things that cause clutter then you can begin recognizing what clutter is and understand yourself better.
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Now, take control. After recognizing the clutter, then one should put in place a set of processes for how to manage that clutter. Choose designated spaces, folders, bins to place certain items – think memorable items, holiday items, items and ideas of similar content, and so forth. Use those places by starting to place the items that you cannot get rid of into them, both as you touch them (think touch once and act so as to save time and improve your efficiency), also when things of that certain type come in – touch once and act – don’t come back (unless the time calls for it, not to act). At this point, you should also begin eliminating the items that are not wanted, necessary, or sentimental. This could mean donating, throwing things out, or deleting.
Clean space means a clean mind.
Now that you have the cluttering recognized, you need to also manage your energy. So often stress develops into anxious energy that builds up and can cause major detrimental effects to our body if we don’t manage that energy and bring it back down to a normal state. This means that with the over-energy you should put it towards something productive but different from what is causing the stress. This could be exercising – both in the form of high aerobics (to burn off that extra energy and that fat that the cortisol hormone produced by stress creates within us) or in the form of a relaxing and calming practice such as yoga. You could also put your energy towards hobbies or another passion of yours. What is most important here though is not necessarily what you do but that you do something else until you feel less stressed about a situation and are able to cope better with the demands placed upon you. By doing this you are refreshing your mind, providing yourself with enjoyment, and changing your train of thought which in fact inspires greater results then overworking on a constant stream-of-thought producing exhaustion, confusion, and ultimately stress. Even if your calendar seems full, there is still time to make me time – and make it a priority!
As a means of de-stressing, we need to also take care of ourselves – this means eating healthy, getting adequate exercise in, and sleeping the natural amount that our body demands (for some, this is 8-hours and others it may be 6-hours or some other amount – think 7.38 hours). Practice mindfulness, find your spirituality and learn to receive peaceful happiness in this chaotic world of ours. Not to mention self-care is tremendously important – there’s even a whole month dedicated to self-care (September).
In short, recognize your clutter, take responsibility to regain control, take a break by expending your energy towards productive “me time”, and finally, make your health a priority.
Did I miss something? Please add it to the comments as I would love to know new and different ways to destress! 🙂