by Chris from Team RESTORE

 

Take the Time to Reduce Stress

I live a very stressful life, or better put, I allow a lot of things to stress me out in my day-to-day life. I am the kind of person who reflects on my day.  At the end of the day, I replay everything I said and did. I worry that I did not handle something appropriately or that I said the wrong thing. I have learned that this is a part of who I am, and I cannot change it. As a result, I have looked for other ways to reduce stress in my life. 

One way I reduce the added stress is to reduce the number of decisions I have to make. This has helped me eliminate some of the stress of choosing an option. For example, if someone tells me to pick left or right, I will always say left. There is no thought behind it; it was a predetermined choice to always pick left. This could be applied to eating out: if you go to a restaurant, don’t dwell on the options in the menu. If it helps, roll a dice and pick that number from the menu. You cannot use this method on everything because some choices require thought and decision-making but in some cases the answer does not matter, it is merely preference. I try to eliminate those choices. 

Communication & Time

The next best way to reduce my stress is communication.  If I am worried about something or if something frustrates me, I talk to someone. Talking through the problem and explaining your concerns to someone can have a huge impact on your stress levels. Yes, the anticipation of having that talk can be stressful but the stress relieving results outweigh the initial stress caused. 

Lastly, I want to talk a little about time. Time is my enemy. Time keeps moving and it carries me along without stopping. It can make me feel like life is slipping away. In other words, the hands move forward, but I see it as a countdown to the end. There is so much I want to do and very little time to do it in. I have not found a solution to this stress yet, however, I have found a way to manage it. One thing I have done is to remove the clocks in my house from eye sight. I make sure they are all behind me; this helps keep that constant reminder out of sight and out of mind.  

Prioritize

Additionally, I pick my most important tasks of the day and order them. From there I hold myself to a realistic goal of completing the first few. The important thing here is to make sure I save myself a little time for play. For me this means coding a video game or playing a video game. For you it may mean going for a run or heading to the bar with friends.   

We are all different and I don’t expect this will help everyone, but there is at least one other person out there like me who looks at the world the way I do.  To that person, this is for you, I hope it helps.