"How to Cope With The Daily Stresses of Life"

We’ve all been stressed, or are currently stressed. Some of us are better at dealing with it, while some of us have a harder time handling it. Stress is often difficult to process feeling and identify where it begins, the root of the problem. For the majority of us, we don't want stress and run away from it. But, it is not always easy to run away from. Whether we like it or not, stress may just exist in our lives. Given a certain circumstance or lifestyle change stress may not be avoided, but it can be significantly decreased or taken under control. 


When I was feeling stressed beyond belief, like there was no way out, I had to find ways to decompress and take back my life. I wanted to be happy and I didn’t want life to bring me down. I like to live a vibrant life, full of adventure. There was a point in my life where the party was over. I needed to make a change. 


The first thing I did to rectify my stressful situation was to create a routine. We all know that a lot of things in our lives are out of our control. There are, however, things we can control. For example, what we eat, when we wake up and go to sleep, and how we start our day. When things start to get out of hand and feel unstable we need to create a plan for stability. Plan your day out the best way that you can and create a routine. But, the only way it works if you stick to it. It takes 21 days to form a habit; use those 21 days to see it work. 


Sure, everyone goes through problems and issues of their own. Stress comes in many shapes and forms. What may be stressful to someone else may not be stress to you. That is okay. We are all different. What I find that helps me out tremendously is pointing out something positive about every day. It could range from day to day and be about anything. One day my positive moment could be the beautiful bird I saw fly in the sky. The next day it could be a compliment I received. It is important for us to acknowledge that not everything in our life is bad. We must focus on the good things that happen too instead of always focusing on the negatives aspects of life. Once we begin to do this, some of the things we may see as stressful will begin to melt away. 


I made a great goal, I think, to help me become a better runner and train for a 5K. I challenge myself to run 1 mile every day. Exercise, especially high intensity exercise, helps blow off steam. This is by far the best thing I can do when having a bad day. I feel great, I get to sweat and I forget all of my troubles when I run. I recommend that everyone develops some sort of workout routine. Not only does exercising make you feel great, but it always makes you look great too ;) And who doesn't want that. 


Most importantly, when you are overwhelmed remember to breathe. Take deep breaths periodically during the day. Count slowly and breathe. When we breathe deeply, and with purpose, our muscles start to relax and send signals to the brain to release tension. Don't let stress take over your life. Breathe your way to relaxation. Your mind and body will thank you. 

By: Rachel M. Roberts via EIC Le'Keshia Smith