We are all pretty much in the same boat when it comes to experiencing stress. Sure, a select few seem to have the innate ability to just relax and take issues as they come, but those people are part of a minority. Most of us are under the impression that everything that has ever gone wrong will happen to us. Take a deep breath! When things do go right, (and most of the time they will), you'll realize that all of that stressing-out you did was a waste. Not to mention it's horrendous for your health. Ask your doctor what one of the leading causes of illness is and you will get your answer: stress!
Here's a list of the top five of things we can stop stressing out about right now. Relax and watch your health thrive.
1) Things that can’t be changed
Imagine your boss just scheduled an important meeting on one of the busiest days of the year for you, and there is nothing you can do to get out of it. Are you going to freak out about how inconvenient it all is? Think of every impossible excuse to get out of it? Toss and turn and lose weeks of sleep until that day finally passes? No. That’s something the old you would do.
Plan everything as efficiently as you can, prepare yourself for the meeting, and get the best quality sleep that you can. Recognize that there are things about this situation you do have control over.
2) Being on time
Are you the type of person that wakes up several times during the night, freaked that you missed your alarm? Do you get a pit in your stomach when you see traffic ahead of you on your way to an important event? That's stress, and it's doing you no favors.
Avoid it by setting two reliable alarms. (Alarms have been known to run out of battery.) Leave a few minutes early for important events in case of traffic or bad weather. If conditions get too bad, then chances are everyone else will be late to the event as well and they will understand your situation.
3) Keeping to a schedule
Maybe you’re on vacation, a busy weekend is coming up, or maybe you're just the type of person who plans out every hour of every day. Holding yourself to a mandatory schedule is a recipe for a stress-invoked freak-out. If you have a mandatory event to get to, plan less important errands around that event. If you are on vacation, get to the most important sites first and squeeze in the optional activities if you have the time. You will have zero fun on a vacation if you do not allow the schedule flexibility, trust me.
4) Getting lost
This item is the number one contributor to my stress list. Even with two GPS's, I'm never guaranteed to find my way anywhere, directionally challenged as I am. Every time I go anywhere by myself for the first time, a ten pound weight of stress settles on my chest, because of course I will miss the exit, my phone will die, my GPS will lose service, and I probably left my wallet at home all at the same time. That happens every time we get lost right? Actually it never does, so calm that imagination down.
Leave five to ten minutes early before you go anywhere new. That will make up for “lost” time. And if it doesn't, it isn't the end of the world, I promise.
For stress cases like us, the packing routine goes as follows: pack your things several hours--if not a day--in advance; pace around the house very quickly at least 12 times; add the one or two missing items you find to your suitcase; and hyperventilate for five to ten minutes depending on the length of the trip. For heaven sakes, are we packing for Antarctica? Wherever we are going will most likely have convenient stores and retails stores for the rare items we do forget, so calm down. Your head will be clearer if it's not clouded with worry.
Living a stress-free life is living a healthier life. Follow these tips and you'll feel like totally a new person.