Let’s face it, stress is everywhere. Constantly changing. Constantly evolving. But how you react to stress changes everything.
Today I want to share tools and some of my best-kept stress management secrets. They may not be what you’re expecting, though. We are going much deeper than what I call the surface-level shit.
So, how do you reduce stress?
It starts by identifying your triggers.
What sets you off?
What makes you feel overwhelmed?
How do you react to that stimulus and why?
These are the questions we must ask ourselves to get to the root cause instead of slapping a band aid over it and hoping for long-term results.
Band aids look like…
Putting things off and procrastinating.
Distracting yourself with something else.
Spending your time doing things that are counterproductive.
Engaging your mind externally instead of internally.
Band aids also look like…
Binge eating for comfort.
Consuming more alcohol than normal.
Spending more money than you would normally be comfortable with…
I think you get my point.
I have been there and everything I listed (minus alcohol) are band aids I used too, until I finally realized I needed to stop the cycle from repeating itself.
The key? Getting uncomfortable and doing the inner work most of us dread.
When things seem heavy, do a self-check.
Grab a journal and write down anything that’s on your mind. Peel back the layers and see if you can identify your triggers.
When we do the inner work, we recognize what is happening and why and can reduce stress before it consumes us.
Make time to reduce stress and watch your life change for the better.