It’s very easy for women to be stressed out. Well, it’s only natural as we do a lot more things than guys do. Aside from our careers, we have to take care of the house, run errands, do chores, handle the budgets, take care of the kids, etc., etc. all while maintaining our beauty and poise. We women don’t have it easy but there are some things you can do to manage your stress. Here’s what I do.
I take naps whenever I can. Aside from my body being weak, a nap helps refresh my mind. A 15-30-minute nap will do wonders for you, trust me.
Set aside some “ME” time
It’s the middle of the week, so how can you get some “ME” time? Simple. Call in sick and spend the day doing anything you like. You can go to the museum, try out that new restaurant, shop a little, anything that will take your mind off of work and stuff.
When I’m too stressed, I work out or do some yoga. Yoga helps a lot as it calms my body, my mind and my spirit. If you are not into getting zen, try dancing and high-impact exercise classes instead.
Turn off your phone and your laptop or whatever gadget you are using. Take some time to walk the dog or play with your cat. You can also just close your eyes and start envisioning your goals and where you want to be. Imagine where you want to vacation next. Imagine that promotion. Whatever it is that will put you in a positive mood, do it.
Learn to say NO
I have learned this the hard way. It’s so hard for me to say no especially to friends and family. Through the years I’ve learned that some people will just abuse your generosity and your kindness. It does not mean that you are a bad person if you say no. You are just refusing to become a doormat. Other people should be sensitive of your needs too. They should also take your feelings into consideration.
Stop it with the junk food and the tub of ice cream already! If your idea of de-stressing is sinking into the couch while watching TV and eating a bucket of chicken wings, you are just setting yourself up for more trouble. If you can’t avoid the munchies, try popcorn cooked in olive oil or some baked potato chips. You can also just have some herbal tea and relax in front of the TV. You can cut that steak in half and pile on the veggies and have some fruit for dessert. If you are healthy in the inside, you can cope better with what’s going on outside.
Tackle the problem
Lastly,tackle whatever it is that is giving you stress. You can’t just sweep it under the rug. You have to find a solution for it otherwise you are just lying to yourself. You are also making things harder by allowing the problem to get bigger. If your work sucks, look for another job. If your relationship is not working out, break up with the guy. Embrace your newfound freedom. If you are in debt, how are you going to pay it off? If you are overweight, start exercising and eating healthy. You have to learn to face reality in order to live stress-free.
Take it easy ladies! Only 2 days to go and it’s the weekend again!