Day 22 of our 30 Day Stress Reduction and Relaxation Challenge
What are your stressors?
It’s time to get serious about stress reduction in today’s blog post. We take a look at your stressors, what causes you stress, dig deep to find the true root of the problem and then make a plan to change and eliminate as many of them as we can. We’ll walk you step-by-step through the whole process. Carry on reading to learn more.
Reducing stress by focusing on relaxation and other stress reducing techniques including the ones we’ve been talking about is great, but what’s even better is finding and cutting out some of the stuff that stresses you out in the first place. That’s what today’s post is all about. Let’s dive right in.
What’s Really Stressing You Out?
Start by taking some time and figuring out what your stressors are, in other words what’s stressing you out. You are going to have to dig deep. It may seem that your kids stress you out in the morning, but when you really think about it you realise that it’s a lack of an effective morning routine that’s actually causing the stress.
Getting To The Root Of The Problem
Think about each and every thing until you get to the root of the problem. Then write it down. We will be using this list to work through and cut out as many stressors as possible going forward. In fact, and most importantly make it a running list. As your life and your circumstances change, new things and people will pop up that stress you out. Add them to the list and review it regularly to see what you can do to get rid of or reduce the stress.
What Stressors Can You Change or Cut Out Quickly?
Look through your list and find the quick fixes. The morning routine issue is a great example. You can implement it right away and cut out or at least greatly reduce the stress it’s causing you.
At other times, it may be time to let something go. If you’ve been working extra hours to make some holiday money and it’s causing you more stress than it is worth it, stop. If you’re in business for yourself and you have that a particular issue that’s causing more problems and stress than all the other’s combined, sort it first, as a priority.
This is all about quick fixes that cut your stress level right away by removing your stressors.
Making a Plan to Reduce the Remaining Stressors
With that done, and a little bit of breathing room created, it’s time to tackle the big issues. Go through your list and see what you can start working on right way to reduce or cut out your stressors. Some examples of big issues that stress you out could be your job, or working a full-time day job while also studying. Quitting your job isn’t likely an option, but you could start to get your CV in shape and start looking for employment that you’ll enjoy more therefore reducing your stress.
Or maybe you have a manager that you’re clashing heads with. Finding work at a different company is certainly an option, but you could also consider looking into moving to a different department or getting a promotion. Keep working through the list and do what you can to get closer to cutting out those remaining stressors.
Day 22’s Stress-busting Mantra is “I can and I will”
And finally don’t forget to stop by the Facebook group to chat. We’re there to answer questions and the other challenge members are always happy to provide feedback, support and brainstorm ideas. We are excited to see it grow into such a helpful and nurturing community.
In case you missed one of our posts, here is what we’ve shared so far:
Day 1 – The Dangers of Stress
Day 3 – Quick Stress Buster: Take A Nap
Day 10 – Work Hard and Play Hard
Day 11 – Quick Stress Buster: Plant Something
Day 12 – The Value of Doing Nothing At All
Day 14 – Your Stuff May Be Stressing You Out
Day 16 – Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
Day 17 – Quick Stress Buster: Laugh Out LoudShare