One of the best things I did at the start of this new year was take steps to destress my life. I am not saying these ideas will work for everyone, but they work for me. My anxiety became almost out of control starting in November with moving and I had to do something to rein it in. Patrick always tells me that there is no need in getting worried or anxious over things I cannot control. Below are examples of things I CAN control.
1. When I got my new phone in December, I loaded all my normal apps such as facebook, instagram and twitter. What I did not load was my work email. I found myself checking it on the weekends and that was never productive for me. I would worry about an email I got and fret about it on the weekend knowing that there was nothing i could do. I am no longer in a department where emails could indicate schedule changes, so nothing I get at night is that urgent. It let’s me leave work at work everyday and concentrate on home once I leave. I can always check it thru the webmail site if I need something. Only time I have done that this year was to get Patrick’s flight number from an email he sent.
2. Remove people from facebook. I know people who do this a few times a year. I genuinely love keeping up to date with friends back home who I don’t get to see very often, and following our Marine Corps family across the globe. I did however remove a large handful of people from there. A few were anxiety triggers, a certain person who could put me on edge in an instant. A few I simply hid from my news feed, because I like seeing their kids growing up, but I don’t necessarily want to see their political rants or endless game requests. I did also remove 2 people because…well…OMG the game requests.
3. Just in general avoiding situations where I know there will be someone who triggers my anxiety. In some cases, it can not be avoided, but even then – limit that persons access to you. I am not saying be rude to them if you end up in the same social situation. In my case, I try to be polite, and probably unintentionally a little standoffish. I am usually very quiet in those situations which I’d a change from my normal personality. This is what keeps that anxiety trigger from flipping on.
4. Meal planning & Sunday prep time. I have done this now for 3 weeks consistently and it is a huge time saver. My meals are planned out each payday and I buy the items for those meals plus 1 or two extra. It helps that the kids dad and I have a highly consistent custody schedule and if he does need to make changes due to work, I typically know a week in advance. Sunday prep times helps so so much. I premake things such as ground beef, marinate chicken and cut up veggies. Ground beef I simply brown and throw into a ziploc. When it’s time to use it, throw it back in the pan with a little water and whatever seasoning is needed (taco or sloppy joe sauce are 2 of the usual suspects here). I don’t get home from work/picking up kids from sitters until 5:50 or later, so having the prep work done gets dinner on the table faster.
5. Lastly, I have a destress bubble bath a few nights a week. Sometimes it’s an oatmeal bath or sometimes it’s bubbles. Lately it’s been hot tea and a book and that helps to soothe me to sleep. Since my anxiety amped up in November, I have a horrible time sleeping. It’s getting better, but it will take time.
What are some steps you have taken or are planning to take to destress your life? Let me know in the comments and I will choose 1 comment to won a $5 amazon.com gift card!