I try to manage my stress and anxiety as proactively as possible; as in, I try to keep my life balanced and manageable. But to be honest, sometimes I get to a point when I really need a RESET button. For me, to reset means to come to terms with the things that are upsetting me and to find new and inspiring things to propel me forward into a happy frame of mind.
- Create! Creativity is my therapy. It calms my mind and gets me focused on something other than the things I am preoccupied with. Plus, I end up with some beautiful projects as a result.
- Vent! It's good to talk about what is going on in our lives, but choose wisely. Strategic venting is healthy and beneficial, but if you team up with another Debbie Downer, you're going to end up deeper in your misery. Choose someone you trust to listen who also has the ability to offer creative ways to perceive your situation in a new light. It's all about perception.
- Alone Time! Sweet solitude, how I love thee. It's okay to have alone time; it's better for everyone in the long run, so take a walk, go to the park, sip on some tea and have a little "me time".
- Clean! I find that my most stressful times are the times when I'm not putting a priority on the daily things that keep me sane, like having an organized, clean house. One of my RESETS is to turn on some music and spend a few hours cleaning. I get rid of clutter and it leaves me feeling SO much better and more capable of handling the things that come my way.
- Lists! I love lists. I make lists of my priorities, my dreams, the things I'm grateful for, ideas I have, the list goes on and on!
- Healthy Choices! When I'm stressed, I make new healthy lifestyle goals. I find new recipes that I want to make and have ready for the week, and I make plans for workout activities that I want to focus on, like training for an upcoming race or riding my bike after work.
One day I hope that I don't need a reset button, but until that day comes, I've got my techniques to shift myself back into a happy little world.