Take a deep breath. Not just a surface level breath. Breathe in through your nostrils until the air has not only filled your lungs, but has made your stomach expand, big and round. Seriously, do it. Now do it again. Repeat until you feel yourself a little more at peace. Life is short. And yes, anything can happen to you at any moment, but do not think about that. Think about right now. Focus on the magic that surrounds you.
There are some days when the stress in our lives seems to be suffocating us. It could be stress about anything. Letting bills accumulate because, no matter what, there never seems to be enough money in your bank account. Or the fight you had with your family member. Maybe it is stress from not dealing with the minor toothache that has now manifested into a monstrosity.
Such is life.
So much time is dedicated to worrying. We miss the seasons changing, relationships begin to crumble, and the simple pleasures of life are often overlooked. We bathe in the immediate problems we are facing and forget to take a step back. We forget to remember that life is a precious thing. One day, the problems you are facing will be a faint memory and new problems will be waiting. Finding things to do that bring you peace when you feel the stress begin to build in your body can help ground you and create a sense of freedom.Learning to cope with stress is not only important, it’s life altering.
Take a shower. Exfoliate your skin and deep condition your hair. Go fishing. Spend hours on the water and smell the air around you. Sip a glass of wine or a warm drink and feel your cheeks become rosy. Feel the life inside of you. Remind yourself that you are alive, be thankful. Write a list of what’s causing some of your stress. Then write a plan of attack. Yes, there are times when you are handed situations that you cannot control, but that does not mean you have to succumb to the weight of it all.
It’s just life.
Whether we like it or not, we will continue to face new challenges every day and it is up to you to decide how you plan on handling it. Do you want to spend your days worrying about the what-ifs? Or do you want to take a few minutes or an hour out of every day to center yourself, find some inner peace?
Light a candle and think of all you have to be grateful for. Call your mom and tell her you love her. Listen to your favorite song and scream the lyrics. In those moments, when you forget about all that has been causing you so much stress and anxiety, you will feel free. Chase that feeling as often as you can.
And remember, just breathe.
Laura is passionate about the power of words and she hopes to share her advice and experiences in an artistic and interesting way.