Stress is a constant factor in our lives, whether it’s due to work, family or financial matters. It certainly doesn’t help if you are about to take a big trip away and you are stressed out. Travel is already stressful enough, especially when going to another country and dealing with immigration, new languages, and new customs.
It doesn’t have to get to the point, however, where it’s the defining factor in your life. Sometimes, you just need to take a step back and figure out exactly where the stress is coming from. Once you pinpoint the source or sources, you can begin your journey to cutting it down if not eliminating it completely. You will find that your trip will go more smoothly if you can start on a calmer note.
In the Home
If you find that you’re struggling at home when it comes to cooking, cleaning and taking care of the children, in addition to working, there are a few simple tips that can help cut back on the workload. If dad is in the picture, have him watch the children while you soak in the tub. Take your Kindle if you like to read or put on some soft music and dim the lights to create a relaxing environment.
When it comes to cooking dinner, plan ahead accordingly. Do meal prep on the weekends when you’re home and you’ll just have to put the meal on the stove when you get home. If you have an Instant Pot or Crockpot, prep ahead by combining the ingredients you need in a ziploc bag then dump it in the cooker the day of to help save you time.
While it’s tempting to turn to alcohol, it really doesn’t help alleviate stress. If you turn to the bottle regularly, you’re at risk for falling into the destructive path that is alcoholism. Instead, focus on how to stay sober and find other ways of relieving any tension that’s built up.
In the Workplace
Whether you work for yourself, a small business or large corporation, there are definitely times that you’ll experience stress. Maybe you’re facing down a looming deadline or maybe your boss is having a bad day and took it out on you.
With big projects, sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. To help alleviate the tension of impending deadlines, make a list of the tasks that you need to complete. Check them off as you finish each one and before you know it, you’ll be breathing easier when you see the progress you’re making.
When it comes to cranky bosses, there’s not much you can do but stay focused on your job and don’t let them distract you from completing your work. Take deep breaths and realize that your boss is a person, too, with their own stresses. As long as you stay on top of your own projects and tasks, you’re not giving them a reason to be upset with you.
With Financial Matters
Money is one of the top reasons that people stress out, usually because there isn’t enough to go around. When this happens, take a deep breath and believe it will be okay. Put your most important bills first, and make arrangements to pay the smaller, less important ones at a later date when you can. Most utility and credit card companies will work with you to help you avoid late fees and shut-offs. If this is a consistent problem each month, you might need to consider alternative ways to bring in income whether it’s a part-time job, selling crafts or finding an online job to cushion your bank account.
While stress is a common occurrence, it doesn’t have to define or take over your life. By isolating the factors that drive stress levels up, you’re taking the first step to eliminating it completely. Turns out, you really can have it all.