This is sponsored content from BlogHer and Crystal Light.
When BlogHer and Crystal Light asked me to share with my readers how I handle stress in my life, I couldn’t help but giggle. Unfortunately the answer to that question for me is – not very well! But I’m working on it.
My problem isn’t so much that I don’t handle stress well when stress occurs, but more that I can’t seem to say no -like almost ever. I’m always taking on more than I should, so my stress cycles are consistent rather than sporadic and isolated incidents. I work a full time job, I attend graduate school full time in the evenings, I try to volunteer in my community, I’m learning to navigate my life through lots of recent changes. Not to mention that I try to update the blog regularly – bottom line, I just can’t do it all.
I know the first step for me in handling stress needs to be TAKE ON LESS. That is my new mantra. I will chant this quietly at my desk a few times a day, and I will say this to myself before I go to bed every night. TAKE ON LESS!
Am I alone here? Do any of you find yourself taking on too much? If so – say it with me… TAKE ON LESS!
I’ve read in self help resources that some good strategies for managing stress include:
- making lists and prioritizing tasks
- focusing on taking deep breaths several times a day
- getting plenty of exercise (hooray for those endorphins)
- eating right and getting enough sleep each night
and of course….
- watering your body!
Crystal Light helps me keep well hydrated and these “on the go” packets couldn’t make it easier. I keep a stash in my desk at work, another stash in my backpack, and yet another stash on my bedside table.
Hydration is probably the only one of the aforementioned stress management strategies I am successful with. I’m curious – do you have any tips for managing stress? I would love to hear them in your comments on this post!
And last but not least, because Crystal Light, BlogHer and I love you readers so much, I’m hosting a give away for a $100 Visa gift card. To enter to win, leave a comment on this post or any of my Water Your Body posts I’ll share throughout the month. You can read the official contest rules here.
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