Even though it seems like dealing with stress is just a part of life, you may not have to suffer as much as you are. Reducing stress (just like reducing clutter) is a step by step, sometimes inch by inch adventure. Even though it can be a slow journey, it’s a worthwhile one.
Living with less stress will help you sleep better, feel better and allow you to better enjoy what brings you joy and delight.
9 Friendly Reminders To Help You Stress Less
Let these little notes and friendly reminders bring you back when you are feeling stressed.
Let’s drop the “no pain, no gain, push through at all cost” narrative. It’s not working.
When it’s too heavy, put it down. When you need a break, take one. When you need to rest, rest. Later, you can decide if you want to pick it up again, ask for help carrying it or let it go.
So much yes to this.
Thanks for the inspiration @herupliftingquotes
When I read these words for the 10th time, I knew it was time to declutter the idea of “giving your all.” We are so conditioned to “do our best” and “give it our all” that we’ve forgotten a few really important things.
1. Your best is dynamic. Your best is different at 8:00 am than it is at 8:00 pm. Your best is different before and after coffee, taking a walk or lying down for a bit. Your best is different after you get bad news, have a fight with a friend or spend any amount of time reading comments on the internet.
2. Offering your all is unregulated and unreasonable. No one should expect all of you (in your work life or your personal life) nor should you feel compelled to offer it.
3. Your best is specific to your skills and ability. Giving my best removing someone’s appendix or cooking in a Michelin Star kitchen wouldn’t be very good at all. Even if I tried really hard and gave it my all, it wouldn’t matter. There are some things where your best will never be enough. Let other people do those things.
Today, declutter the words and the effort behind doing your best and giving it your all. Instead, offer what you can reasonably do while taking care of yourself. Always remember there is plenty of opportunity between giving it your all and giving it nothing to offer something great.
Whenever I share that I’m taking a break from the news, someone always tells me that it’s important to stay informed. I agree. Kind of.
It is important to stay informed but not on an hourly basis or even a daily basis. It’s also important to consider how you are informed. I don’t “watch” the news or news clips or video shared online. I read the news. I choose what I let into my heart and soul and how I let it in.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a break from the news, social media and the internet whenever you want. Being uninformed for a minute allows you to feel the way you want to feel instead of living in a reactionary state 24/7.
An essential reminder from @laura_mckowen.
Note to self (and anyone who needs this loving reminder). ❤️
You may not connect with all of these reminders, but if one resonates with you, write it down. The next time you feel overwhelmed with stress, revisit the words you wrote down and use them to help you under-react and take care of you. For more notes and quotes, and simple inspiration, join me on Instagram.