Stress has seemed to wiggle its way into many of our lives and decided to stay. Bills, relationships, finical worries, health issues and work or lack of. So many things cause stress these days and it feels as if we almost have to be superhuman (or win the lotto, but even then…) to avoid this feeling. I hate seeing my loved ones worried or stressed out, because this makes me worried and stressed out. It's a never ending cycle.
But the thing is, you can end it.
We can all learn a lot from The Bobby McFerrin Song – "Don't Worry, Be Happy", which gets me thinking, life is simple, yet we and society make it seem so much more complicated. You live and you die and all that stuff in between should be precious and enjoyable.
Of course it's not always that easy, you will have bad days, even bad months, but it's about picking yourself up off the ground and dealing with the situation as best you can and realising it isn't the end of the world.
Finding a hobby or destination that you feel relaxed and content is key to helping you fight stress. Also surrounding yourself with good natured and fun people.
I love watching really cheesy reality shows, that make me escape my own life for a while, or going on a long walk by the beach to help de-stress.
Some people use alcohol and gambling to help them escape and this can be a deadly game. Everything in moderation, but please be careful. If you notice it consuming you or making you feel worse then before, than this isn't the correct form of de-stressing.
Counselling helps too, if you really feel the stress is taking over your life.
Be patient and take time to smell the flowers. Don't let yourself get upset or angry easily. Take a look around, there is always someone worse off. Be confident and believe in yourself.
Instead of focusing on the negative factors in your life, start being thankful for the positive. I always try and do something nice for my mother and father every day, because they are such great influences and people in my life and in turn I feel good about the nice deed I did for them.
Be kind to one another and don't hold grudges. I hope that in some small way this has helped you.
Thanks Brigitte, the simple things in life are often the best is a quote I have heard many times but most people just keep ploughing along and don't stop for any of them. I went for a walk with my 16 yr old son on Tuesday. Took the dog and went along the beach for a few k's...wonderful. We got home and I gave him a big hug and said thanks. Simple things.