Hello readers!!! During my short time off, I did quite a lot of writing. I had a bunch of posts drafts from when late December that I wasn’t ready to publish. This was one of them, and there are a whole bunch more to come. I cannot remember a day in 2018 that I wasn’t stressed out. Lack of sleep, most likely overdosing on caffeine overdose and so much more are very bad ways to try to overcome all the stressful issues you may face. I sure was having a maximum of 20 minutes sleep quite often, leading me to stock up on caffeine and somehow in between all of that I manage to have a social life. Looking back, to when I had things less stressful, I notice 6 things that I stopped doing. I hope these 6 things help you during your stressful days.

1 – Increase your endorphin production.

When you do physical activity, your body releases endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in your body. Now I am not saying go to the gym and workout day in and day out. Start small and if this works for you then eventually go all out. By “if this works for you”, I mean if it fits into your busy schedule or if you like physical activity. It is just that one of the quickest ways to diminish the negative side effects that come from stress is to get your sweat on.

2 – Keep a journal

Keeping a journal will get whatever is on your mind onto paper so then you can actually realize what you are stressful. After writing what is on your mind, write what you are grateful for. This not only lets you focus on something else but changes your outlook for the day and possibly for life. Whether big or small, write down everything that comes to mind. Do this every day.

3 – Make a list of your goals

After writing in your gratitude journal, make a list of your goals – no matter how far-reaching they may seem at this point in time. Writing your goals in a journal is a perfect and very powerful way to rekindle your passion and to remind yourself of your dreams, ambitions, and what’s truly important. I always take time to just sit and think about what I want in life. I also think about that if I died tomorrow, would I be happy with today.

4 – Learn how to say no

Learn how to say “no” to things that would only add more stress to your life. By god is it easy to fall into a “people-pleasing” trap where you say “yes” to everything. You want to spend an evening at home alone and someone invites you to go to a party?  People are asking you for free services because they’re your friend or because they don’t respect your time. You have to learn how to say “no.” Whether it’s in your personal or professional life, agreeing to more than you can manage is the perfect recipe for stress.

5 – Surround yourself with positive and encouraging people.

Surrounding ourselves with positive and encouraging people during stressful times can brighten our mood. It can also help to put things in perspective. Getting their opinions and thoughts on what you are stressing about can help determine if it worth stressing over and how to resolve the stressful issue. There’s nothing more depressing or stressful being around, so avoid those who stress you out. That would be one less thing to stress about.

6 – Change your environment

I am not saying move to a whole other country and start from scratch; all though that would be nice ;). Take a walk or eat outside. Force yourself to leave the office or school if you can. This will help you to redirect your focus and come back even stronger for the second part of the day. A change in environment can do wonders for you. It is can be a stress reliever, a mood booster, and a safe haven.

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As always, thank you for being the Samosauce to my Garam Samosa!!!

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