When @ClassyGalAdvice gave the suggestion for this post, it could not have come at a better time. I have three work events this week, I’m hosting another event for work, and on top of all of that, an even that I have been planning with my young professionals group takes place Saturday morning and will need preparations all throughout the week. I have pretty much accepted the fact that I won’t have any time to breathe until Saturday night. Here are some tricks that I use for managing my stress:
1. Remind yourself “why.” Why are you doing this? Is it your job that you’re being paid to do? Does it help out a great cause? Maybe you’ve realized that you never want to do whatever it is again, and that’s alright, too.
2. Eliminate “snags.” We all encounter little snags in our day that can stress us out like no other. I am the queen of not laying my clothes out the night before, and then becoming super stressed out in the morning because I have no idea what to wear or I can’t find my pencil skirt. You know what it is that stresses you out, so put in a little extra preparation the night before to make the next day go as smoothly as possible.
3. Tackle your stressors head on. Right now, as I type this, I am absolutely dreading doing something. But in order to stop thinking about it, I need to just go do it immediately, get it over with, and move on to the next thing!
4. Take time to breathe. If you are overwhelmed, step away from the situation and take a few minutes to breath and calm yourself. Sometimes it helps to take a walk, soak in a bath, or chill out in a quite coffee shop.
5. Drink a glass of room temperature water. My best friend Brackins taught me this trick. Whenever I get really anxious or feel a panic attack coming on, I drink some room temperature water. Maybe it’s just a placebo effect, but I’m okay with that, because every time I do it, my nerves start to calm.
6. Remind yourself the stress is only temporary. Whenever something gets out of hand, my motto is “It’s only temporary.” Every time that I start to get overwhelmed, I remind myself of that. Sure, this week may make me feel like I’m drowning, but next week is much slower. The stress won’t last forever.
7. Give yourself something to look forward to. I used to hate my Real Estate Law night class with a passion. The teacher was awesome, but the material was just so dry. (Seriously, hearing the word “blackacre” gives me a headache.) So I always went to get a spray tan and Jimmy John’s after the class. Same with this week – I’m going to a bridal show with my best friend on Sunday! Having that to look forward to makes this week much more bearable.
Now that you’ve heard my tips, what are yours? Hope you’re having a great Tuesday!