My younger brother never seems to get fazed by anything. Plummeting grades, parental sermons, and even a bad break-up had no apparent effects on his happy-go-lucky demeanor. I can’t even remember the last time I saw him upset or angry.
If you’re anything like me, though, you’re probably the complete opposite. I once cried over a report card because I thought my grades weren’t enough to secure a spot on the honors list. As an adult, the mere thought of renewing business permits each year gives me PTSD. (To be fair, you would feel the same if you had to deal with the crocodiles in our government.)
Stress is effing exhausting, and I especially envy those who don’t appear to be affected by it. Do you ever wonder how they manage that?
Get enough sleep.
- Be present.
- Focus on the things you can control.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff.
- Step back when needed.
- Laugh it off.
- Make your bed.
Okay, so a full night’s sleep may be hard to come by when you’re juggling a career and a family. However, you can’t exactly function properly when you’re sleep deprived.
So, what can you do if a full eight hours isn’t on the menu? Well, you can try and sneak in some zzz’s during the day. Take a quick power nap. Catch a few zz’s after lunch before your colleagues get back. The possibilities are out there.
Planning ahead is always great. Overthinking, on the other hand, is not.
Face it, you can’t really do anything about what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow. You might as well give your 100 percent to what you’re doing NOW. That way, you’re less likely to ruminate on things that are yet to come true, if at all.
It’s normal to get upset or angry when the crap hits the fan. When it inevitably does, give yourself room to fume, but take care not to dwell on things.
We have very little control over the outside world. There’s not much you can do about the weather, your boss’ mood, and your colleagues’ work ethics, for instance. So, accept the situation, figure out what you can actually do about it, and then get to it.
Have you ever encountered a rude person at the bus stop? Or a driver that rudely cut you off on the road? How about an obnoxious customer?
Each day is potentially filled with minor annoyances. The sooner you can learn to ignore them and focus on other things instead, the less affected you’ll be by such things.
Sometimes, that’s the best thing you can do. Getting too caught up in things doesn’t always give us the best perspective.
When things start to feel a little too frantic, disconnect for a bit. Calm your nerves, reorganize your thoughts, and then regroup.
So, go ahead and scroll through those funny memes. Look up a few funny posts on tumblr, or check out some of the most creative names the British have for Donald Trump.
It sounds so basic, but I swear by it. Making your bed upon waking feels like the first accomplishment of the day, and paves the way for the other tasks on your to-do list somehow.
If nothing else, it also ensures that you’ll have a clean, soft place to crash in after a long day.
The truth is, everyone gets stressed out. That’s just a fact of life, though some people just handle it better. The good news is that we can learn from them so that we too can do the same.