‘Stress’ is a relative term as it relates to our life.
Contrary to the popular phrase I’m too blessed to be stressed, we are often stressed-out more than we are aware of because it becomes a constant state of being. Stress leads to burnout, and the best prevention for burnout is self-awareness and taking action to de-stress regularly.
At some point in our lives, we morph from carefree children to stress-filled adults – adults who have expectations and demands that pull them every-which-way. It is not always possible or practical to completely remove yourself from every stressful situation, but there is always hope to build coping skills that diminish the impact that stress has on your life.
Each of us lives a unique life filled with unique experiences, so our stress relief needs are going to be unique as well. Here’s how to craft your own tailor-made de-stress plan:
Identify what causes your stress
What is the culprit robbing you of your peace? Is it a person, an activity, or an element of your life? Identify what causes you stress. The more dialed in you are to the details, the better. Once you know the root cause of your stress, you can set about finding ways to compensate for the pressure, fatigue, or burnout you are experiencing.
Apply your favourite de-stress activity
Each of us has our own unique way to decompress from life. Your favourite may be an activity like crochet or brewing your own kombucha. Your partner may enjoy running or raising chickens. Your neighbour may restore farm equipment, and your teen may like to zone out playing video games. Everyone has something that helps them when they feel stressed. Experiment to find yours, and make it an essential part of your life.
The keys to getting great decompression results are the frequency and combination of your stress-reducing activities.
Build time for decompressing into your daily, weekly and monthly schedule. The more you do to compensate for your life’s stress, the better command you have of avoiding burnout and maintaining your mental wellness.
Need help narrowing down ideas?
- Take up a new hobby
- Join a gym
- Find a meetup group in your area on meetup.com
- Try yoga
- Get a massage
- Take a walk
- Feed the ducks in the park
- Pet your dog
Some stress will always be unavoidable. You may never be completely ‘stressless’, but you can stress less by taking deliberate action to decompress on a regular basis. Your mind and your body will thank you!