Lately I’ve been feeling a bit on edge. It’s funny how life works – for me it ebbs and flows in such a way that when things are looking up it’s like I’m walkin’ on sunshine, but when things aren’t so good it either comes from all directions or has a domino effect, negatively affecting separate parts of my life.
Stress is an issue for me on an ongoing basis, and it’s been that way since I had my first job at the young age of 13. That said, it’s somewhat by choice. I’ve always got a jam-packed schedule because deep down I like it that way, and when things are quiet I turn into a restless grump suffering from boredom (Freddie Mercury once called boredom the biggest disease in the world and I couldn’t agree with him more).
Every now and then, however, it gets a bit out of control and I physically start to feel the effects. It starts with lethargy, which leads to needing more sleep than I can realistically have, which affects my eating and exercise habits, which makes me skip out on social outings, which…well, you get the picture. One thing leads to another and before I know it I am a far less recognizable version of myself and drastic measures need to be taken to inject some energy and positivity into my life.
Prioritize. I usually start to feel extra stressed when I’ve let my schedule get ahead of me and start to lose track of everything I have on the go. Anyone who knows me well knows I love a good to-do list and tend to revert back to my paper agenda versus my iPhone for managing my calendar. I’m just a pen & paper kind of gal and it’s really comforting and calming for me to write out a list, organize it from most to least important and cross reference it with my calendar to make sure I haven’t missed any tasks or upcoming meetings/appointments. Once I’ve done this, I can visually see if what I have going on is too much and figure out how best to manage it.
My trusty Kate Spade Agenda gets me through these tough times: Indigo, $36.00 CAD
Schedule some me-time! If I can take a Friday night to myself simply to be alone, watch cheesy movies and do a full intense beauty regime (I’m talking long bath, face masks, Clueless, Josie and the Pussycats, nail painting, etc.) and freely eat whatever I feel like, it often helps take the edge off. Whatever helps you unplug from the madness and tune out the world, go for it!
Take a week or two off from it all. This is something I can honestly say I’ve never done. Ever. Until now – next week I’m taking my first full week off from my day job to recharge my batteries and look after all of the personal stuff I’ve let fall by the wayside as of late. Granted, I’ll be spending a lot of actually doing things and not fully relaxing, but I sure as hell plan on sleeping as much as I need to, getting my workouts in any time of the day except 6 a.m. and preparing healthy meals at my leisure (my morning protein bar will be out of the picture for the week!). I’m SO excited for it, but also a tad scared because if there’s one thing I’m horrible at doing, it’s unplugging from the office for more than a few hours at a time. I truly feel it will do wonders for my stress levels though, and hopefully I’ll return in much better spirits with a more positive attitude and outlook.
So there you have it – some of my key tips to reigning in your sanity when life gets a bit out of control. I truly hope I can carve out time to do the first & second while I’m off doing the third next week!
What do you find helps relieve your stress?