Being a high-achiever and an active participant in this high-demand world can often come with immense amounts of stress. Yet, I firmly believe that there are ways to lower our levels of stress, allowing us to lead more peaceful and fulfilling lives. Here is the anatomy of a less-stressed you:
First, establish boundaries. Make sure that you’re aware of what is and isn’t negotiable for your time, energy and resources - this will provide clarity as to when it’s okay for you to say “no” and better navigate potentially overwhelming moments.
Second, take care of yourself. This can mean anything from going for regular walks outside or treating yourself with a hot bath at the end of the day - whatever works best for your needs! These small moments of joy can make all the difference when it comes to relieving tension or providing perspective on your situation.
Third, practice self-compassion. We are often our own harshest critics - cut yourself some slack every now-and-then so that you don’t tear yourself down after a difficult task or event. Sometimes taking just five minutes away to breathe deeply can work wonders on releasing your mind from any anxieties built up throughout the day. Be kind to yourself – YOU are the only one like you.
Fourth, divert your attention towards meaningful activities. Find interests that bring positivity into your life - whether these are writing stories or painting pictures - engaging in something creative provides an avenue for relaxation as well as exploration within ourselves!
Finally, seek help if needed. Whether this means talking with friends or family about how you feel or joining support groups online or seeking a professional like myself for individual work — sharing our worries with others can be therapeutic in itself! So never be afraid to reach out — you’d be surprised how many people are ready to lend a hand whenever we need it most!