Are You Feeling Stressed Out? This Will Help

feeling stressed out
feeling stressed out

I don’t even know where to begin. My mind feels like it’s racing a million miles per hour and there is no sight of slowing down in the near future. Right now, the word “stressed” feels like an understatement for how I am feeling.

It might sound like I am complaining a bit (because I am), but I want to share with you how I am feeling so that you can get a better sense for what’s helping me.

1. Work

I have found myself with very little drive to work. Part of me wants to change jobs, and the other part of me wants to buy a van, convert the back into a room, and be able to wake up to whatever view that I want.

2. Money

This is the part of my life that stresses me out the most. I save all my money and I love seeing a large number in my bank account. In the last week, though, I have purchased a brand new computer, I am traveling to Mexico for a friends wedding and have to book my flight and hotel, and my family is trying to convince me to get a dog. All of these things come with me spending money, and a lot of it.

Let’s just top it off with the fact that I am supposed to meet with a financial advisor who wants half of my savings. The thought of potentially losing it and not being able to see it in my account is stressing me out.

3. Blogging

Never in my life have I wanted something more. All I want to do is to inspire others through my blog, impact as many lives as I possibly can, travel the world, and yes, I want to blog for a living someday.

The fact that I am pouring my heart and soul into my blog but still have so much more to improve on is motivating, but it is also stressful.I realize that I have a lot of work left to do, and because of my job, I am not able to spend as much time on my dreams as I would like to. But I know that in the end, everything will pan out exactly how it is supposed to.

Why did I share this sob story with you?

I like to think of myself as a happy, positive, and outgoing person. Am I perfect? Absolutely not! I am a work in progress and always will be. Somedays, though, you just need to learn to do your best with what you have.

Everybody has challenges in their life. No matter who you are, no matter how far you have come, and no matter how hard you work, you are going to experience obstacles. Often times, these obstacles are going to leave you feeling stressed out to the point where you want to fold. But you won’t. You won’t fold because you are stronger than any of your weaknesses.

Are you feeling stressed out?

Here are some tips that I am currently focusing on to help with feeling stressed. I know that they are easier said than done, but remember that we are all a work in progress.

1. Breathe

Slow down and remind yourself to just breathe. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth while focusing solely on your breathe. Deep breathing will help you to gather your thoughts and helps your body to realize that you are okay.

I am not a yogi or someone who practices meditation (even though I probably should), but this truly does help me. I feel lighter, almost as if a weight is lifted off of my shoulders and I can finally think straight again.

2. Find stillness & go to your happy place

One of the things that helps me the most when I am feeling stressed is to close my eyes and find my happy place. It is similar to focusing on my breathing in the sense that it helps me to find stillness and calm during the midst of the chaos that is consuming my mind.

To do this, simply stop what you are doing, close your eyes, and picture the things that you enjoy. Maybe it’s a city, playing a sport, or doing your favorite activity. Personally, I picture myself in one of my favorite cities enjoying a vacation. It helps me to find happiness when I am feeling stressed.

3. Make a list

One of the things that causes us to becomes stressed in the first place, is when we think of all that we have to do. As humans, we have a tendency of piling on tasks without even realizing it. After a while, the tasks build up and we don’t know how we will be able to complete them on time.

Make a list of what you need to do, prioritize the more important tasks towards the top of the list, and go from there. In doing so, you will know what needs to be done, and you won’t have the stress of feeling like you are forgetting something. We forget things because we think about 59,999 different thoughts every day, so save yourself the headache and stress, and make a list.

Michael Bonnell

5/13/2019

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