Thursday, May 15, 2014

5 Things to Minimize Stress

It's the end of the school year (our last day is June 2nd). Things are hectic. My to do list is a mile-long and can't be tackled from home. It's safe to say I'm slightly stressed. I say slightly because I'm pretty good at managing my stress. I'm going to give my top five things for minimizing stress.
 
1. Vent 
Tell someone about what's bothering you. Don't go on and on about it forever, but do confide in someone - or multiple someones if needed. I always feel less stressed when I'm able to talk something out.
 
2. Treat Yourself 
A treat here and there can help you relax. Treats come in many forms including favorite snacks and bubble baths.
 
3. Take Time for Yourself 
Take time away from your to do list! Spending all of your time focused on work doesn't help you get away from it. Take a few minutes each day for yourself. My few minutes are usually in bed at night reading a book. Pick what works for you - time and activity wise.
 
4. Make a To Do List
I suppose I should have put this one first. I've always had the most success with making a to do list. It helps me get it all out of my head and down on paper. It also gives me the opportunity to cross things out as I complete them.
 
5. Make a Plan
I micromanage my to do list when I'm feeling especially stressed. I take each item and plan out when I'm going to accomplish it. Knowing that I have a plan helps ease the stress a little. (Of course, you then have to stick to your plan or you create new kinds of stress!)
 
 
A furry friend can also help ease the stress!
 
 

7 comments:

  1. I love making to-do lists! It really does help me manage my stress. And I micromanage those lists, too!

    Teachers always have so much on their plates. Props to you for being able to handle all of that. I can only imagine how stressful the end of the year gets.

    Good luck! You'll be free soon :)

    xo, Val

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  2. That's just a perfect "game plan" for those moments when you feel like stress takes you over - right in the order your listed those steps!;-) Thank you for sharing, Pam!

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    1. Thanks! It was weighing on my mind and felt good to get it down on the screen. Now I need to remember to follow some of these steps!

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  3. Hahaha!! Great minds think alike! I wrote a similar post to this last week because I was super stressed, too!! I hope things are calming down for you.

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  4. Vent, make a list, and then have a glass of wine!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  5. Dogs are the BEST stress-relievers!

    ♥Emma, of It's Emma Elise

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    1. Yes they are! Ella is really good at picking up on my moods and giving me attention when I'm stressed. :) (Of course, I repay the favor!)

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