It's no secret that I've been a little bit stressed out at times throughout the past year. Having a baby, leaving my job, moving…there's been a lot going on! I find peace of mind by simplifying every aspect of my life and building a strong support network around me. Here are my tips for reducing stress and increasing support in your life.
Supporting Yourself When You're Stressed
Get help. Have your mother-in-law take the kids one day per week, get an assistant to answer emails, or hire a maid service to handle the vacuuming. Whatever works best for you, ask someone to help with something. I'm not superwoman, and neither are you. Delegate whatever you can.
Support your body. Go for a walk. Eat healthy. Take your vitamins. Keep your body in top shape so that things like tension headaches or pulled muscles don't slow you down.
Enjoy the little things. I know it sounds trite, but it is important to take time to really enjoy life. Go out for a movie, take vacations, play with your children, plant flowers in a garden. After all, this is what you're working so hard for.
Connect with friends. Relationships tend to get put on the back burner when we get busy, but it's important to keep up communication with people you care about so that you have people to turn to when you need support most.
Automate what you can. Bill pay, scheduled emails, crock pot dinners…heck, Nate and I even schedule our coffee pot to start on its own every morning. Cutting down on these mundane tasks (or quickly getting them all ready to go at once) cuts down on distractions when you need to focus on bigger projects.
Relax your mind. Read a book. Do a puzzle. Veg in front of the TV for an hour. Do those things that help you decompress so that you are better able to handle stressful situations.
Technolify. Yes, I just made up a word. Technolification is the act of bringing technology into your everyday life to simplify tasks. Jot down notes, maintain grocery lists, keep a calendar and pay bills…all from the palm of your hand or the click of a button. And if you don't have a smart phone yet, get one!