Hey guys! Welcome back. I hope you are having a great week so far. Today I wanted to talk about stress because I have opened up more recently about the stress I have had in my own life and I have had so many of you reach out and tell me that you are also struggling with stress in various ways. So I thought I would share a few things that I am doing or recently started doing that help me keep stress at bay. These things haven’t made the stress go away completely obviously, but they have helped me feel more in control and at ease. I have talked about a couple of these before, but I am including them again just because I find them super helpful and I think some of you may find them helpful as well.
The Power Hour.
This is one I have talked about a bit in the past and I still find it super helpful. For me a power hour is an hour of time that I set aside to get as much done as possible. I put away all distractions and give myself one hour to get as much done as I can. It doesn’t matter what it is or how much time I spend on each thing, I’m just trying to do as much as possible. I don’t multitask, I just knock things out. I try to stick to things that I know won’t take too long but I keep putting off like doing the dishes, responding to emails, etc. But sometimes I will work on one of my bigger tasks during this time.
I know this sounds super simple and probably doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it actually is. It relieves a lot of stress knowing I don’t have to remember to make payments on time and try to keep up with when things are due. I have a record of all the things I’m paying for and what time of the month that they come out, but knowing that I don’t need to worry about making sure I make the payment on time is super helpful. It has made my life a lot easier and I basically set up automatic payments for pretty much anything I can at this point.
I’m a super busy person, which may come as no surprise to some of you. I have a lot on my plate and when you throw in keeping my apartment spotless, well it’s just not going to happen all the time. It’s not terrible, but there are definitely times when my bathroom isn’t as clean as I would like it to be. So having a cleaning schedule and routine definitely helps me stay on track and know what I’m supposed to be doing and when I’m supposed to be doing it. It’s another thing I don’t have to try to remember because I can just refer to the schedule.
Meal planning is hard sometimes because when the week is starting I don’t really know what I want to eat Thursday for lunch. But once I got into the habit and started getting used to it, it made my life a lot easier. Now I don’t have to worry about it on Thursday at lunch time because I’ve already got it planned out. It saves a lot more time than I initially thought it would and it’s helpful to know that I can meal plan with some flexibility for when things come up. I don’t do it perfectly, but any amount of meal planning is better than none at all.
Getting up earlier.
I like to get up 30-45 minutes earlier than I normally do because I like to have a bit of time for myself before the rest of the world needs me. It’s nice to have that time to just do what I want and relax a little before I have to start whatever is on the agenda for that day. I won’t say that getting up earlier is always the easiest thing for me because it certainly is not, but the benefits far outweigh any negatives so I’m generally pretty okay with it. I like to use this time to do something that makes me feel happy and ready to start my day.
So those are things that I have been doing that have drastically reduced my stress. They may not seem like major things, but they have a really big impact so I would highly recommend incorporating them into your life if you also deal with stress. I promise it will be worth it. Thank you so much for stopping by! I really hope you enjoyed this. Please like it if you did. Let us know in the comments what you do to reduce your stress. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!