Water Your Body Part 2: How Do You Manage Stress?

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.

Be sure to visit these other bloggers to read about how they’re watering their bodies and for additional chances to enter to win the $100 Visa gift card.

21 thoughts on “Water Your Body Part 2: How Do You Manage Stress?

  1. Stress is just an idea.

    If i asked you to bring me back some “stress” in a bucket you couldn’t do it because it’s only an idea. You can change the very pattern of your thinking to eliminate stress. For example: Just listing off positive aspects has an emotional and neurological response that has been documented. Those people that dwell on the negative aspects will always experience more stress.

    In the end can it really be as simple as a negative vocabulary? The answer is yes — so I suggest using positive language as much as possible to combat the learned thinking patterns.

    Why then are so many people being treated with serious medicine for stress and even intense psycho therapy? The answer is Cui bono (“To whose benefit?”, literally “as a benefit to whom?”,

    So to sum up:

    Change your thinking pattern and you’ll ultimately lose the stress.

  2. My new way of relaxing is exercising! Although i usually don’t have a lot of free time… i am trying to make it a priority… 😀

  3. This post is coming at the perfect time for me…I always find myself biting off more than I can chew, and frantically rushing around trying to complete tasks at the last minute. My favorite way to beat stress (a relatively new addition to my life) is hot yoga. I have such a love/hate relationship with it…I really have to psyche myself up, especially when it’s so hot out, but an hour of deep breathing and leaving drenched in sweat always makes me feel more calm and ready to tackle the world.

  4. I hate being stressed which is why I try to avoid it so much by making my load easier to handle and staying more organized! Also, love Crystal Light, best thing eva!

  5. My roommate first and second year of college was in love with Crystal Light. She didn’t like the taste (or lack thereof) of plain water but we were both trying to be healthy and not drink too many sugary drinks- so Crystal Light to the rescue.

    Thinking more about stress I’ve recently caught myself not drinking enough water during the day for my body’s needs. I normally take a water bottle to work and have it on my desk. These past few weeks as work has been an ever-present source of stress in my life I’ve been forgetting to bring my water bottle with me every day. I think being dehydrated only adds to my stress. Gonna have to do a better job remembering to get my H2O…

  6. the best way for me to handle stress is to focus on all the positive things that ARE going on in my life. and no matter how stressed i feel there are always WAY more good things then the annoying stressful thing that is trying to consume me. if i take a few moments to focus on the positive and breath, i can immediately feel myself relaxing.

    also have to admit that i love the to-go packets. they are just so nice and easy and who doesn’t love that?? =)

  7. My co-workers and I work together on a water challenge – we try to make drink four big glasses (16 ounce) during the work day. Luckily, this also means four fun and chatty trips to the breakroom, so we’re drinking and taking a little break to destress/decompress all at the same time! :)

  8. Eating right and getting exercise definitely help with stress. Taking on less, if that’s possible, also helps.

  9. I’m a huge believer in exercise & stretching for handling stress… and I do pretty well at them. But I’m definitely best at hydration. I’m a water drinking fiend & love to add the Crystal Light on-the-go packs too.

  10. I spent most of my life over-scheduled and over-stressed, so I’m far more careful about that now. Fortunately, I’m a water-hound, and have no trouble keeping hydrated. In my kitchen cupboard right now is a new box of Crystal Light packets. I haven’t tried them yet, but am looking forward to the change of pace.

    Thanks for a generous giveaway!

  11. When you’ve bitten off more than you can chew and you’re totally stressed out saying “NO” really helps. Yes, “taking on less” is the way to go. You’ll be more productive in the long run and feel better too.

  12. I manage stress by taking 1 hour walks three times a week with my favorite songs playlist! No talking no rushing – just me and my songs :)

  13. when I get stressed I go to my room and do relaxation exercises to help me feel better or if I’m not at home I remove myself from the situation.

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