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Positive Ways to Handle Stress

May 16, 2018aleeshathomas

Happy Wednesday, friends! It feels so good to come back onto the blog and be writing more. I have definitely gone through a funk where I just didn’t “feel” like it. I’m grateful that I have people around me who have uplifted my spirits and kept me going.

I shared on my Instagram post last night that I took a little time away to re-charge. Now, I’m definitely an extrovert, but I feel like I have some introverted tendencies. I feel like I go crazy if I don’t have one night a week where I’m by myself, without work or stress. I feel so much more energized for the week if I have that one night.

Today, I wanted to share a few of my tips that I use when I’m down-and-out. Sometimes, we all need a shoulder to cry on, someone to listen, or time to reflect.

1. Be Around “Your People”

If I know i’m having a bad day, or just need to vent, I talk to my Mom, Johnny and best friends. Make sure you’re surrounding yourself with people who know the best “you”.

2. Give Yourself Some Grace

Part of being positive is accepting the situation for what it is, whatever it may be. If you need to cry, do it. If you need to let out your emotions, do it. Communicating your emotions is never a bad thing. I know I for sure feel one million times better after I’ve let out a good cry. You’re not a failure for feeling these emotions either.

3. Think About Solutions

When I say this, I mean actual solutions, not the narratives that you make up in your head of “what if this or that”. I feel like talking with someone that I trust, who isn’t as heated, is a great way to talk through real possible solutions to your problems.

4. Go For A Walk or Go to the Gym

It’s like my girl Elle Woods says, “Endorphins make you happy.” Now that we have Rosie, it’s easy to throw on my tennis shoes and get outside for some fresh air. Or, if I need time away from the puppy, I go down to our gym and blare Cardi B while running all of the negative energy out of me. These are both really positive ways to get your mind focused on something different.

Speaking of Rosie, you should probably just get a puppy if you’re stressed out. That helps too.

5. Communicate

I can’t say enough how important communication is. I’ve done multiple marriage articles on how important it is to communicate through fights and disagreements. If you want to let go of whatever is holding you down, you have to talk about it. It doesn’t even have to be a family member or a friend. Consider seeing a therapist to talk through any issues you may be having.

6. Eat Healthier

Anytime I feel like I’m dragging, I change my diet. I am Raising Cane’s number 1 fan when I’m having a crappy day, believe me, but I feel so much better when I opt for the healthier option by going home and making my own food. It’s really tempting, but you’ll feel better in the long run.

7. Pray

This is the most important point, to me. Anytime I’m feeling overwhelmed by a situation, I immediately say a prayer–even if it’s only two seconds long and sounds like “God, help.” haha. Keeping my mind focused on Jesus and knowing that He already has a divine plan, helps to keep me at peace.

Hope these tips are helpful to you in the next time you’re feeling down or need a break. Thanks for reading today, friends.

Always, Aleesha

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