Learning to live life with a little less stress
Life is stressful, and this past year has been one of the most stressful years of my life thus far.
My body has taken a huge toll as well as my mind and emotions. I’ve had more Lupus flares than normal, I deal with hives daily, and my stomach has been in knots more often than not.
I’ve been looking for ways to make life less stressful, other than meditation and bubble baths, and this is what I found.
Remove toxic people from your life completely
Toxic people are a main source of stress for a lot of people. Eliminating them from the equation will do wonders for your mental health, and as that improves your physical health will follow suit.
I’ve decided this year that it doesn’t matter whether these people are family, friends, classmates, or coworkers. If they’re toxic, I’m distancing myself as much as humanly possible.
The relief I’ve felt from the few people I’ve cut off so far has been astounding and refreshing.
I’m not sorry for prioritizing my mental health, and I know you’ll find it worthwhile if you’re dealing with the same issues.
Don’t put yourself in jeopardy by dealing with someone else’s constant drama. You deserve better.
Adopt the ‘it is what it is’ mindset
I’m not encouraging complacency by any means.
When something bad happens, for me at least, it’s easy to jump to the worst conclusion and make a big deal out of it. I get myself so wound up and hype over everything that I end up having daily panic attacks, and I wind up feeling powerless which makes me even more anxious.
Rather than being indifferent about everything that comes my way, I’ve chosen to start practicing a method of situational acceptance.
We’re in the process of buying a house, and frustration comes with the territory. When I get a phone call from my realtor that is upsetting or annoying, rather than ranting and overthinking, I’m practicing even-minded thinking. I’m trying to stay level-headed and remember that whatever happens with the situation, it’s okay.