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5 Tips to working through stress

5 tips to work through stress

Life is life. Yes, I know that was profound but every single day we come across challenges that cause us to either shake it off or embrace some real stress. When you are battling an autoimmune disease, stress can literally land you in the hospital. Over the past few weeks, I have been managing some real stress as I am preparing for the biggest move of my life. I'm selling everything I own and moving to another country. In this time, I've had some days when I have questioned my own sanity. 

I decided to share a few techniques that I am using to help manage my stress, hopefully this will help you as well. 

1. Accept what you cannot change. I know, this may remind you of the serenity prayer but there is a lot of wisdom in doing this. You alleviate a lot of pressure on yourself if you just accept that some things will be beyond your control. The sooner you grasp this, the better.

2. Take a few deep breaths. This does work believe it or not. I think it has something to do with oxygen moving into your brain, for me it has more to do with just stepping back for a second and getting a few seconds of "ok, I can deal with this". 

3. Deconstruct the thing that is causing you stress. In other words, sometimes when you look a a problem in its entirety, it can be a little overwhelming but if you can take the issue in baby steps and work through what is the most important part of the problem, solve that first and then work your way down. That's how I'm working with my move. First was deal with family questions, then work on a gameplan to get rid of my belongings, secure housing there, etc.

4. Take "brain breaks". I do this daily, its almost like meditating. You designate time where you don't think about anything that is stressful at all. Our minds tend to want to wander back to the things that cause us angst so to remind myself of what I'm doing, I have a focal point. So I have a specific candle that I burn for brain breaks, when my mind wanders and I see that candle burning, it reminds me to relax & let go until the break is over. I usually take an hour. 

5. Slap the crap out of someone.  I'm joking!  I just wanted to see if you were paying attention. The real #5 is to be honest with yourself and the people around you about what you can handle. Through this craziness of learning I had Lupus, I learned to both ask for and accept help and being honest with people about what I needed instead of trying to take it all on myself has been a huge factor in why no one has had the crap slapped out of them. :-) 

I hope these tips have helped you, let me know what techniques you use to manage your stress.