I am overwhelmed right now. My life is inundated with major amounts of stress and anxiety. Both of my kids start school next week. I need to organize my life, house, and blogging schedule. My wallet was also stolen over the weekend so I am working through that mess. How can I cope with all this? I began to think about how to solve my dilemma then came up with 9 tips for overcoming stress and anxiety. Let me share them with you.
9 Tips to Overcome Stress and Anxiety Situations
Move to a Quiet Room.
My mind is a jumbled mess. To calm my thoughts, I have been moving to a quiet room and breathing deep. Stress and anxiety can do a number over your emotions, thoughts, and health, which has led me to research ways to cope. I have read many articles discussing the benefits of breathing deep and I can confirm it works.
Make a List.
I believe in using lists for everything. I keep a daily to-do list which has helped me in overcoming my stress and anxiety. As I make a check on my to-do list, I honestly feel better internally.
Exercise is a key ingredient to manage stress and anxiety. As a busy mom, it can be difficult to incorporate exercise into your daily routine, but I use my Google calendar app and schedule my exercise routine. I am less stressed, have lost a few pounds and less anxious about life’s happenings.
Lavender oil is just lovely in general, but it also helps calm nerves and stress. I buy a bottle at Target or WalMart, apply to my wrists, rub them together, and smell the scent. Either way, this essential oil will help you handle stress and anxiety.
I love tea – British tea, green tea, cinnamon tea. But when I am trying to overcome stress and anxiety, I enjoy chamomile tea. This tea really does calm your nerves and makes you just a tad better. I think of my beloved grandmother as I drink and I definitely feel happier. She loved this kind of tea.
Call or Text Vent a Friend or Significant Other.
I am very fortunate I can alk to my husband about anything. However, when he is unavailable, I call or text vent several excellent friends who provide the balm to my nerves. I let out whatever is plaguing my mind and am happy I did it.
Rock Out with Music.
If music can calm the savage beast, it can also calm a stressful and anxious life. I like to turn on Pandora and just listen. I turn on classical music for my 7yo son during our homeschool lessons. This tends to sooth his nerves.
I recently read an article in Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/unified-theory-happiness/201406/4-benefits-hugs-mind-and-body about the healing power of hugs and it was lovely o read. I remember as a kid feeling stressed about homework or friendship issues. My mother or grandmother would offer a hug and everything felt better. The power of human connection through hugging is mind boggling.
Count Backwards from 10.
My kids are young (ages 7 and 4 1/2) and were watching a show on PBS Kids called Peg + Cat. This cartoon is about a girl and her cat and their crazy, learning adventures. Peg feels stressed out so Cat reminds her to count backwards from 10 to calm down. After seeing this, I have tried to imitate this in my household for all of my family and it does help with the stress and anxiety of any given situation.
In conclusion, I know our lives are complicated and can be overwhelming. However, take a step back and contemplate on what you CAN do, instead of what you CAN’T. I hope you have enjoyed this article and may try out some of my steps for overcoming stress and anxiety. Please feel free to leave some comments or ask questions about relieving stress and dealing with anxiety. Take care!
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