Tips on How to Deal with Stress
This week has been hectic…we had therapy appointments, doctor appointments, and a long drive to Duke University Hospital. As I said earlier in another post, I am getting ready to have hip replacement surgery again. I decided that the long ride to Durham was worth it because some of the best orthopedic doctors are out there. On that long ride Not-So-Rude-Dad and I had a talk about how to deal with stress and our busy lives.
We both run blogs, plus work together on Rude Mom. Then, there’s all of our son’s extra activities outside the school setting. He just joined Boy Scouts and now wants to join the soccer team for next year. Our conversation turned into me pulling out the notebook I take everywhere and jotting down some of the tips we decided on.
Below are just some of the ones we thought of and after you read these, we would love to hear from you about any tips you may have about how to deal with stress…
Take time to plan your day or your week. Taking time every morning to write down your plans for the day will take the stress out of possibly forgetting things throughout the day. Knowing what lies ahead helps you make the most use out of your time. Try to make one trip into town to pick up everything you need, instead of several trips.
Maintain a planner or calendar system. We have all been there…you are standing in line for your prescription, then you realize you were supposed to be at your child’s school for a meeting with the teacher. It will save you a lot of headaches if you have a great calendar and keep it updated daily with every appointment or task wrote on it. Plus, keeping the calendar in a very visible place to allow the whole family to know the schedule is important too.
Prioritize your activities and ensure they are rewarding to you. Take care of the more important things first, then more on to the things that can wait. This will help you get the most out of your time around your home and town.
Always make time for your loved ones. Your relationships with your family and friends are extremely important. These bonds can relieve stress and add years to your life.
Make sure you eat, drink, and sleep well daily. Taking care of your body is important to be able to deal with stress without it taking a toll on your physical health.
This may sound scary to most, but try to set aside time to exercise. Stress can be release by doing some everyday, heart pumping exercises. Take a walk during your lunch break and then work on crunches during the evening news. Get in a quick 15-20 minute jog first thing in the morning and then walk your dogs after dinner.
Develop a positive attitude. For a lot of people this is one of the hardest things they will ever do. It’s a fact that people with a positive attitude have less health problems, less stress and more luck in life.
Stress is never a good thing in a persons life, but hopefully some of these tips will make dealing with it a little bit easier. Now it’s time to put some of these tips in to practice here in our home and see how it helps our stress level. We have figured out one thing while we were working together on this post…we stress a LOT less when we work together. So, we both can say that asking someone else for helping in dealing with stress is always a positive thing for both parties.
If you have a tip on how to deal with stress that helps you, please share it with us below in the comments.
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