The effects of stress on the body are quite frightening – irregular periods, infertility, high blood pressure, headaches, and irregular sleep to name a few.
I remember a time when I would literally feel sick at the thought of going to work and I’m pretty sure I self diagnosed myself with anxiety at some stage. I had restless sleeps, panic attacks, lost appetite, and extreme fatigue. A new and relatively stress free career has helped change all that, but here are some other things that have worked to minimise stress in my life.
Build your version of a successful life
From what I have seen from my own experiences and other people around my age, the biggest stresses are careers, money, and the future. This kind of annoys me and I feel that society is still instilling in us a certain version of what success looks like and how our lives should be. Well guess what – someone else can’t tell you what is going to fulfil your life, bring you happiness, and meet your version of success. Stop stressing about building a life you think you are meant to build and build the life you want. If that means you are still renting, paying off your car and living week to week, as long as you are happy who cares!?
“Stress, anxiety and depression are caused when we are living to please others”.
Well – care more about the things that are important to you and less about the things that aren’t. The things important to me are teaching, staying fit, my study, my relationships, food and coffee. Everything outside of that gets a bit of my attention now and again and zero of my stress. If I can’t fit an eyebrow appointment in this month – don’t care. If I haven’t vacuumed in two weeks – don’t care. Life is busy and you shouldn’t expect it to be perfect all the time. Sometimes your room is going to be a mess and you’re going to be eating a McDonalds burger in the car while trying to tie your hair up and put BB cream on at the same time…yes that’s speaking from experience and it’s tragic but hey – girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.
“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.”
Learn to multi task
As girls we already nail this so nothing more to be said. Boys – I don’t think this is genetically possible for you so skip this one.
Be 100% present
My babe’in girl boss @emmabarrebody (who is a mum of 2, absolutely gorgeous, and an insanely successful career woman) was asked at an event once how she manages a work/life balance. Her answer was she doesn’t (lol) but wherever she is she is 100% present. If she is with her kids then she is 100% their mum, she isn’t answering calls or checking emails. If she is in the office she is 100% there too. I absolutely love that piece of advice. I think it lets your brain focus on one thing so you give it 100%, probably do it right the first time, and you’re not trying to juggle and think of a million things at once.
“It’s not the load that breaks you down, but the way you carry it”.
I hope that these little titbits of advice help you in some way to manage stress and work towards leading a happy, healthy, well balanced, and stress free life.
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