Monday, June 10, 2013

What's in your de-stressing tool kit?

For some reason, my life has seemed so busy lately. There have been a lot of additional things happening, and I have added some painting and house touch-ups to my to-do list. But I realize that part of the stress I experience is internal.

It is true that I've had to keep moving with not much down time. But if I could just remain calm and unruffled inside, I'd be much better off.

Do you ever have that happen? You do have lots to do—but it's your feelings about it that exacerbate your stress?

OK, I tell myself: It's time for some deep breathing. Some additional yoga stretches. A nice, long walk in nature (if it would ever stop raining long enough!). Extra meditation time. Journaling. All those things that calm me down and reduce my stress levels.

I hope you have a tool kit of resources that help you reduce stress. What's in your kit? For each of us, the tools and resources will be different. My fiance likes to mow his lawn and work in the garden. Those aren't my favorite stress reducers. In fact, my stress is reduced because my townhome association takes care of such things!

Learn those things that help you relax—and be sure you turn to them when your stress levels are out of control. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to do some more yoga stretches.


  1. One thing that reduces my stress when too many details are involved in my to-do list (particularly in the days prior to company arriving!) is to make a checklist of what needs to be done. Having a checklist means I don't need to keep worrying about forgetting something, plus I can add other items as they occur to me. Also, I take some real pleasure in crossing off items when they are completed, and eventually throwing away the list. This may not be news to any reader, but I mention it nonetheless since it is so helpful to me.

  2. Yes, that is such a good one. I've always been big on that but have gotten away from it lately. Thanks for the reminder to get back to that goodie-but-oldie!