happy monday everyone!
i took a short break to sort some things but am back with observations i’ve made along the way.
my last post was on how i reduce stress in 10 steps. today’s post is getting to the root of the problem.
when i’m in a stressful situation (or difficult situation in general) i sometimes find myself trying to ignore the fact that i may not be dealing with it in the best way. there is a bunch of “i know i should…” that i am confronted with everyday and to be honest, in times like these, i don’t always have the courage to get over the fear of not getting something done.
so here goes…i know i should:
1. do things properly the first time
this applies to cleaning up, prepping for something in the future, explain something that bothers me to someone and many other things. sometimes you don’t want to deal with an outcome that you can’t control or you don’t want to deal with the task that seems too big to even begin. this is a vicious, vicious circle of procrastination and i am tired of it!
2. eat right/exercise
this is particularly obvious because i have been getting awful breakouts from the sugar i’ve been having! i have these periods where i have no problem cutting back on sugar (my favourite indulgence!) but then some little voice in my head will tell me “it’s okay to just have one….or another one…oh and it’s okay not to do that work out that you’ve been putting off! you deserve to rest!”. the thing is, that’s not resting. i always feel great after a light workout and a healthy meal and when i “rest” by doing nothing worthwhile, i find myself finding no true satisfaction whatsoever and consequently feeling stressed by what i could have done with my free time…
3. start a task right away
this is one step that i have been told since my early school years: do it now, not later. start now and get the most done. that’s incredibly true and even if you’re not able to finish something the first time around, at least you have something to build on the next time.
i will stop my “ease into things” method since it really does not help me in any way. i’ll keep that for lazy sunday mornings or a day where i’m planing to take it easy.
4. not over-think things.
do it, try and do your best. easy to say but takes a lot of practice!
whew! that’s about it! i hope that by putting all of this out there will help me even more to take the steps to prevent a lot of suffering! let me know how you prevent stress.
now i won’t tell myself “i know i should…” but rather “i will:”
lots of love,