Four Ways to Feel Better and Dump that Stress
Are you feeling stressed? Maybe you feel harried and downright “backed into a corner” by the daily grind or simply just stresses and strains from social interactions. Perhaps the daily grind is grinding you down. Very few can be “grins and giggles” all of the time, everyone gets stressed. You don't have to keep feeling this way. Here are some simple ways to alleviate stress and be a happier healthier person! However, these simple techniques and practices can help you get through your day and be a happier person in the long run.
1. Cultivate a sense of humor.
Humor has been accurately described as the only real defense a sane person has against a seemingly insane world. This may seem like a grim estimation of things at first glance, but let's face it; things can seem downright nutty when you take a good hard glance at them.
With that in mind, laugh more often. Think of your most embarrassing moment at work and try to put it to a comical sound track. You may think this sounds bizarre at first, and you would be right. Take a glance around, the world is full of funny people. Join them!
2. Scrape past the muck, and fine the shine!
Be grateful for those little wonders. Cultivate a sense of gratefulness. Even if it’s just a moment to contemplate the fact that you are here. Of all the potential people that could have been born in your place, you made the cut! That alone makes you special. Hold on to that thought when things seem darkest, and they won't seem so dark anymore.
A great way to exploit this concept is to thank people for things they do for you. Thank a neighbor for their beautiful lawn. Not only do you brighten their day, but in turn your positive impact on their life brings joy into your life as well. The more you practice this, the more you will see others in your life practicing it along side of you.
3. Realize What Makes Up Your Goals
If you find yourself constantly failing, examine your goals. Assess your short term goals and see what is feasible in your present condition. This is not to say you can't or shouldn't dream big. You should dream big! The only difference is in understanding that the biggest goal is always a conglomeration of little goals that lead up to a “grand design”.
Just remember this: you didn't pop out of the womb as an Olympic sprinter did you? No, you first had to learn to walk; and even before that, you first had to learn to wiggle. Wiggle till you sprint! Focus on the smaller aspects of your goals and everything will fall into place with a little effort and time.
4. Remember, “No” is a Magic Word.
There is a well known behavioral pattern that people have used for centuries against each other. The simple fact that most people don't want to say, “No” for fear of seeming difficult. Sadly, most of this simple truth has been misused by advertising agencies. Despite this preconditioned sentiment, the word “no” does not make a person difficult.
Of course, this doesn't mean you should abuse the word. Nor does it mean you have to flare your nostrils and practice your most intimidating facial expression in a mirror. Quite the contrary! The ability to say “no” in a friendly manner can save you hours of grief and unwanted uses of your time. Remember, you are not required to become a tyrant anymore than you are expected to be to be a doormat, and “no” doesn't have to be a bad word.