What are stressors? Stressors are stimuli that cause stress. These stimuli come in many forms. These can be stressors from relationships at work and at home, worries on finances, career changes, health issues, and even safety. Stressors are normal and they can either cause positive stress or negative stress. One reality though, we can’t totally remove stress from our lives. They will always be there. The big difference, however, lies in how we manage them. No matter how busy we are, there’ll be ways or strategies to keep them from causing havoc into our lives.
How do I manage stress with my (sometimes) hectic schedule?
I DO REGULAR WORKOUTS. Typical workout week for me is setting five days for training and two days for me time. Meaning, I set aside two days for myself or family or friends, for spiritual development, or a day for simply doing things that I’d like to do. My regular workouts give me a different high. This happens every time I finish my training, or even after finishing a race. Running, first and foremost, keeps me sane. Swimming, just like running, is my therapy.
I MAINTAIN THIS BLOG. Blogging is worth the time and effort for me. Been blogging these past seven years, and it is through blogging, where I gain lots of friends, broaden my network, and perhaps, improve as a writer.
I LISTEN TO MUSIC OR PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT. For me, music is a great therapy for stress. I appreciate music that sets the mood or pace the way I do things at my place. It can be mellow or upbeat. Music (and singing to the tune, too) relaxes me as well.
I GO FOR A THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE. I know when I’m so beat, dead tired, or fatigued. Massage helps me manage that. Massage creates wonders, in particular, soothes tired back muscles, and reduces soreness or muscle tension.
I GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP (AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE). This is such a challenge for me knowing that I do my workouts/training at night. But again, getting a good shut-eye or an adequate sleep is one of the most important things one can do for the overall health and well-being of the self. Thus, I always try to get a good rest of six to seven hours. At times, I spend Saturday afternoons as siesta time.
May be it’s the reason why I felt magnetized by the be-stress-free-ask-me statement shirt at the Feel Good Lactium booth during the BLOGAPALOOZA 2014 earlier this month. The statement reflects their stress-free advocacy, which is turning stress into good or positive stress.
IN A NUTSHELL
We do have a choice. And the path we choose and have control over with is our attitude on things. Life’s too short to be stressed out all the time. So chill out!