get your life together

get your life togetherHey y’all! I hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday! Today I just thought I would post some life tips for the stressed out folks (and for everybody else.) If you’re anything like me, you probably have massive struggles with stress, anxiety, and frustration when life feels chaotic. These are a few things that have really helped me feel like my life is under control, even when it is far from being in control.

Cry it out.

Sometimes life just frustrates you beyond all belief. And all you want to do is cry, scream, and throw things. So do it. Just go ahead and get it out of your system. Sob. Scream. Hit something. Break a dinner plate… Whatever you need to do, just go ahead and do it. *Within reason.

Clean your space.

Sometimes, when we feel like everything is falling apart and our life is totally out of control, it’s because we haven’t taken care to keep our space clean and organized. Whether it’s your bedroom, apartment, dorm, or house, if there’s dishes in the sink, or clothes on the floor, or a month-old chip bag under your bed (no judgement), when your area is out of order, you feel out of order. The key here is to get that stuff under control. TRUST ME ON THIS ONE. Just go clean until your space shines bright like a diamond.

Go workout.

Chances are, you feel out of control because you haven’t been keeping up with your health. Believe it or not, when you are not exercising regularly, it can make your body exceptionally draggy and low energy. (Once again. Been there done that. Trust me.) ¬†Which will make you feel stressed and anxious when you don’t feel you have the energy to do the things you need to do. Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. And happy people are more likely to have their lives together. They just are. So go take your dog for a walk, or join a yoga class, or dance to whatever is on the radio. Just get your body moving. It will thank you! *Psst… exercise can also help those who are struggling with depression!

Get some rest.

Ah, yes. The ole’ sleep deprivation. When you haven’t slept, you can’t think properly. You feel low energy. These can make you feel like your entire life is spinning out of control and that you’re powerless to do anything about it. (But you’re not powerless…) So go take a nap. It can be 15 minutes, or 3 hours, whatever you need, or however long you can spare. But sleep can do wonders on your stress levels. *It might be worth mentioning that perhaps it would be a good idea to look into going to bed earlier as well, if you tend to stay up until 5 a.m. every night…

Don’t binge, but don’t starve yourself either.

Speaking as someone who struggles with eating disorders, stress can make them rear their ugly heads again. You don’t want that. If you struggle with eating disorders, or even if you don’t, it can be very tempting to binge, restrict, or purge all over again when life gets stressful. But DO NOT DO IT. It will not fix your problems, you will not feel better, and it will only restart the cycle that you have been diligently fighting. So please take care of yourself. Cook yourself a healthy meal, and eat reasonable portions, and know that you are taking care of your body by eating this way. Practice self-love y’all.

Get a planner.

Life can also feel like insanity when you have a lot going on and no clear planning system. For example, you know you have ten meetings today, but you have no clue what time. It will make your life so much simpler if you will purchase a planner and write down EVERY SINGLE thing you need to do. This way, you will feel organized, and (bonus points) walking around with a planner will make you look super organized.

Practice deep breathing.

Sometimes you just get anxious. It happens to everyone at some point, but you can’t let yourself spiral into panic attack territory. Just close your eyes, take some deep breaths from your diaphragm, and just relax. Go to your happy place. Everything will be okay eventually, even if it doesn’t feel like it right now.

Life is difficult, but you don’t have to feel like you’re losing your mind. Speaking from experience, just give these steps a try, and I’m willing to bet things will start feeling much easier!

Have a fabulous and unstressful day!

-Abbi

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