Some of this might be cliche and you’ve heard it all before. But I’m here to reinforce and testify to the effectiveness of this awesomeness. You haven’t heard it 78 times because it’s useless. You’ve heard it time and again because these are proven strategies that WILL work if you find the WILL to let them. So, here we go, in no particular order:
10) Eat well. I know potato chips and Oreos seem to cure stress in an instant, but it leaves your body in a state of gross.
9) Let the inner diva shine. Crank up some good rock music or country jams or whatever soothes your soul and dance and sing like no ones watching. It gets your heart pumping and you won’t be able to not smile. Let the music move through you and party like its 1999.
8) Fresh air. Take a walk, sit on the front porch step, feel the breeze. Get out of the stiflin’ stale hostile air around you and let nature wrap you up in a big ol’ hug.
7) Exercise. Run, jump, push-ups, lift weights, yoga poses, whatever it is, give yourself at least 20 minutes a day to bust a move.
6) Gratitude. Stop thinking of all the reasons you have to whine, and start thinking of all the things you have to be thankful. No matter how bad you have it, chances are, someone else has it worse. Write it down, at least three things, and MEAN IT. Don’t go through the motions. Find it somewhere in your heart to truly be thankful.
5) Hydrate. With water. Not with soda or wine. With water. Half your body weight in water EVERY DAY. Add lemon, lime, mint, ice, or whatever you need to manage it.
4) Positive Affirmations. Tell me one good thing about you right now. One thing. It’s not hard. Now, say that over and over and over and over. Come up with a new one tomorrow. And the next day, and the next. And like gratitude, MEAN IT. So when life throws a bunch of lemons at you, you’re ready to whip out the sugar and turn it into sweet lemonade.
3) Pause. Reflect. Pray. Meditate. Breathe in. Breathe Out. If you have 3 minutes to read this post, you have 3 minutes to close your eyes, focus on your breath, shut off your brain, and just be.
2) Laughter is the best medicine. Find silly things to laugh at, memes that crack you up, jokes that bring out your inner child. Stop being so serious.
For example: What do you get when you cross an elephant with a rhinoceros? A: EL-EPH-ino. (Get it? … hell if I know… it’s funny)
1 ) Sleep. That’s not a joke. For real, try to sleep 7-8 hours per night. Or most nights. Without good rest, we all become over grown toddlers. Don’t let it happen to you.
That’s it. That’s my list. The cool thing is, I didn’t have to make up any of them. If you don’t believe any one of these can really help, I’m sure I can find science or studies that say they do. But you’re probably too busy to read that, or you could make better use of that time by being thankful for the list, eating some carrots with a tall glass of water outside, telling yourself you’re awesome, and then closing your eyes and breathing deep breaths.