No matter who you are, where you are from or what your life path is, stress is an overwhelming emotion that reinforces our need to take a step back and relax for a minute….or two, okay, maybe 20. How I cope may or may not be reflective of your personal style, but I would hope that each of you take time out of your busy lifestyles to enjoy yourself and indulge in things that truly make you happy!
4. I’m singing in the….car….
I honestly do not care – sun up, sun down – I am singing and blasting some of my favorite music. Okay, that may be biased, being a majority of my selection involves Bon Jovi tunes, but that is irrelevant! “Feel good music” gets me through my day and it usually pumps me up through some tough commuting and/or helps me to unwind after a challenging workday. Exercise is also a great stress relief. When time permits, I am “working on my fitness”, which is less than I would like! However, incorporating an exercise routine that is tailored to your individual needs can be beneficial to your physical and mental health!
3. I need an IV, stat! Of coffee….
There is something about a warm cup of coffee that is just….right. I switch back and forth between varieties and flavors every now and then, but right now, I can’t get enough of Starbucks’ Vanilla Latte. At this moment, I’m thinking I may send – or, ask – my husband to make a run. I have to move on before my craving gets out of control….
2. Laughter is the best medicine!
And it truly is! There are exceptions to any rule, of course, but for a vast majority of daily life, I am smiling or laughing. Stress has a tendency to make me giggle – a lot – and I can remember getting into trouble in high school for my (then) uncontrollable laughing spells when I was stressed. I can laugh at myself and my mistakes. My advice is to have fun and don’t let life consume you. Stress is unavoidable; find healthy ways to counteract it! I can say, with honor, dignity and pride,!that I live up to my nickname, “giggles”. Although others may not reciprocate your good mood, that doesn’t mean you have to stop being “you”.
1. We are family!
Surrounding myself with family and friends is my number one de-stressor! Have those around you that will lift your spirits, comfort you and be your number one support system! When I even think of these individuals, I smile and am so grateful that I have an amazing “family” that only continues to grow!
I hope you can all adopt, if you have not already, a positive coping strategy that speaks to who you are as an individual. Remember: you need to put yourself first sometimes!