Do you ever get to the point where you are stressed from all your problems weighing you down? Then suddenly your patience wears thin, your motivation and creativity levels hit a new low? Well, I’ve been there, and it’s a horrible place to be stuck in. Once you get sucked into that vortex, it’s so hard to pull your self out, shake it off and open a new chapter.
I recently attended a mini boot camp and believe me when I say it has changed my perspective on life. Meeting and interacting with new people is something I really value. There is so much to learn from their behaviours, responses, and body language. The more you interact with strangers the more you learn. I also happened to meet a number of well-known individuals from various industries that have kindly shared their best tips when dealing with stress and staying positive.
As I really believe knowledge is meant to be shared, I decided to share with you all some of the most valuable lessons I’ve learnt in hopes that it will inspire you like they’ve inspired me.
Write it all down
Most of the time, the thoughts in our head appear to be larger than they seem. It all starts with one or two small issues that we tend to over think. Over time those issues evolve and become larger than what it really is. So how can we fix this?
Write all your worries down. Yes, an oldie, but it works! Never underestimate the power of writing things down. I personally prefer the traditional pen and paper approach to jot down all my worries. I then break them down into 2 sections: Can I do something about it? and Nothing I can do about it.
If I can do something about the problems I’m facing, then I brainstorm and jot down the next steps in bullet points. If Nothing can be done, then I take it as is and learn to accept matters as is and move on.
When everything is down in writing, the solution tends to stand out, and your thoughts become clearer.
Find your creative outlet
If you are like me, you would’ve always linked creativity to arts and design. But I recently found out that there is more to being creative than we think. All we need to do is find an outlet that suits us best. To some, it may be drawing, painting, baking, knitting, you may even discover you have a knack for letter calligraphy like Lindy from bubz beauty!
I recently found out I have a passion for growing my own herbs and vegetables. The whole process of working on a craft really requires all your attention. In turn, the brain tends to forget everything else and just focus on the task at hand. Finding a craft you really enjoy working on is an excellent way for you to disconnect from the world for a few hours.
Ok, so this is something I have recently been slacking on. However, working out is an excellent way to release all the built-up stress from things not going your way, a hectic day at work or even having to deal with annoying people. It happens to the best of us.
A proper workout is an excellent way to get your heart racing, in turn, it increases blood and oxygen flow throughout your body. Working out once a day is not only good for your physical health but also your mental health. It clears the mind, provides clarity and eventually leads to better decision making.
Being grateful is a blessing and it has its way of attracting more blessings to come your way. During the boot camp, I had the chance to meet Mads Misiak Friis, an entrepreneur | advisor | coach at Rainmaking Innovations. He shared his experience with being grateful and explained how being grateful has opened up his heart and mind.
All it takes is 5 minutes every single day. Dedicate 5 minutes to reflect on everything that happened on that day, and jot down the top 3-5 things you are grateful for. It can be anything like: I witnessed the sunrise today. Or, I had a healthy smoothie for lunch. Or, I made a person laugh, or even something like – today I spoke to my friend in Canada for 10 minutes.
The things we experience right now may appear to be small and meaningless, but as soon as the opportunities are taken away, we start to realize their values. Let’s break this cycle today and learn to appreciate every moment we have been blessed with.
I hope these tips have helped you in one way or another. What do you do to de-stress and stay positive in today’s fast-paced world? Let me know in the comment section below!