4 Ways To Overcome Stress

We’re having a snow day! This is honestly the perfect opportunity for me to stay inside
today, regroup and get my life organized for the rest of the week. I sometimes enjoy when I am forced to stay home for this exact reason. It’s a great way to remind myself to slow down and get back on track. If I’m being honest, I have been extremely overwhelmed these last two weeks. This has caused me to somewhat lose my focus because my mind has been
dividing its attention on so many different things at once. It’s made me a little irritable and  I feel like I lost a bit of my creativity and inspiration along the way. This is what happens to me when I start to feel stressed and that’s not fun for anyone. I’m working on getting back into that mindset that I had in the beginning of the year because it helped me so much. I think it’s normal to lose sight of it every now and then, but it’s important to always get it back.

I didn’t want to share this full look in another style post just yet, so I was brainstorming
different content ideas for today’s post. I decided to touch on this topic a bit more with a few ways to overcome stress because let’s face it, we’ve all been there!

1. Figure Out Where The Stress Is Coming From 
This is usually easier said than done, but it’s essential as this is the first step. When we’re overwhelmed with everything going on in our lives it’s so easy to feel as though all of it is stressing us out. Typically though there is one specific stress factor that starts this snowball effect. That is what you have to tackle first. Think about your attitude, habits and excuses. I had to do some soul searching to get to the root of my main stressor, but I found it. Once I realized exactly what it was it became easier for me to get organized and take action. My main issue here is procrastination. I am always waiting until the very last minute to complete deadlines and projects. I NEED to get a better handle on this and I am doing my best to master it.

2. Manage Your Time 
This is another big one that I am still working on. It all comes down to balance and setting those small daily goals. When we look at the big picture, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed. We are thinking of every single thing that needs to get done and we often stress about how to do it all. The key here is to focus on one thing at a time and prioritize instead of trying to do it all at once. Which deadline is first? Which project will require the most dedication? Which one is most important? We actually have more time than we think it’s just a matter of reorganizing that time. It makes me think of that meme, “You have as many hours in a day as Beyoncé.” Ha! Noted.

3. Take A Time Out
Now while it is important to make the most of every hour that we have, it’s also important to set some time aside for yourself. We need that! I feel like today’s snowstorm has
somewhat forced me into a time out and I’m all about it. If you can set aside a few hours a week or even a half hour every day just for you, that would do wonders. Maybe you will catch up on sleep or get in another workout. Maybe you’ll take a walk to clear your head or simply catch up with a friend for a cup of coffee. Whatever you choose to do with that free time, try your best to get your mind OFF of your to-do list. Sometimes we literally just need a mini break to regroup and refresh.

4. Embrace Mistakes 
Most of us, myself included, try to be perfectionists at everything we do. When things go wrong, we instantly feel like a failure. Instead though, we need to embrace these mistakes and see them as a lesson instead of a loss. Nothing we do will ever be perfect and things will not always go as we want them too. That is totally ok. It’s part of life. The mistakes
actually force us to grow and improve. They help us to get better at our craft, whatever that may be. It’s just a matter of altering your mindset. Stress breeds negative thinking far too easily. Do your best to find the positive when things don’t go as planned.

 Thanks for reading! What are some of the ways that you tackle stressful moments? ❤️

  1. You are just like me.You spoke for me totally.Thank you, is good to read from someone with a good craft to reassure ourselves that yes we are normal all of this its okay we are on the right track.

  2. Julie

    Very well said but sometimes hard to do. A to do list definitely is a good way to release some stress and get things done in a timely fashion. Once you cross out one by one what you needed to do, it is a great feeling to see that it was accomplished. Thank you for sharing Naty! Love your insight!

    • Naty

      I agree! Thank you for reading it 🙂 xo

  3. Needed this!

    • Naty

      Oh good! xo

  4. Deborah S.

    Great blog post! Thank you so much for sharing these tips with your readers. It seems that everyone I know is suffering from stress. Stress can be debilitating and really makes day to day life difficult. I was looking everywhere for tips and strategies to reduce stress and luckily came across a fantastic book called “The Worry Free Mind” (http://drscarolandbill.com/).
    The authors explain the scientific reason behind worry and stress in an easy to understand way and then give you tons of techniques and exercises to try to cope and handle stressful situations in a new way that actually work. You are essentially relearning and retraining your brain. It is a fascinating read that doesn’t feel like a self-help book. I have learned to redirect my thoughts and I find myself feeling more motivated and ready to take on the day. I can’t recommend it enough. Stress can be conquered!

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