I like to think of myself as clean, but not necessarily a clean freak. While I don’t like clutter, I also don’t spend hours on my hands and knees scrubbing my floors. But, once in a while I realize that things you somehow don’t expect to get dirty, get dirty. Like, the outside of garbage cans. So, what to do when the unexpected happens?
I have been reading up on how people can handle the unexpected, and how they do handle it. We experience changes all the time, but I think we can all agree that it is the major changes that tend to really upset us; losing a close friend of family member to a major illness, being laid off, having your house damaged by a major force of nature. Responses to these major life changes can range from remaining calm to full-on panic.
The Mayo Clinic does a good job of explaining in simple language the impact that stress can have. Minor and major life changes add to our stress levels. Some of the techniques I have been working on include the following:
- Deep breaths
- Counting to 10 before responding (trying not to overreact)
- Taking a walk at various parts of the day (trying not to get stuck at my desk)
- Changing my diet (this is a pretty decent overview of why)
Things that I want to investigate are:
- More sleep (ok, maybe this is just because I like to sleep)
While none of this is news, I think it’s important to determine what the triggers are as well. Avoiding stress is part of managing it. It’s like de-friending people on Faceboook. If something is directly causing a problem with your stress levels, remove it from your life. Stop being your own worse enemy. You are in the driver seat. To borrow a phrase from a movie (who’s name I cannot remember), “Be the verb!”