I landed in San Diego last night just as the Super Bowl ended. I hopped into a cab, ordered room service and tried to get to bed early. I wasn’t successful. I tossed and turned all night, stressed about something. Ironically, I’m giving a stress presentation today.
Stress can make us sick, you know this. It lowers our immune system, exacerbates body pain and gives us ugly things like ulcers. I don’t want to get sick, so here are some strategies that work for me when I’m stressed:
- If I’m lying in bed, I smile and think of my children, tell my muscles to relax, and take calm, deep breaths.
- I tell myself not to take whatever’s stressing me personally. It’s not. I become an observer instead of a reactor.
- If I’m up, I take action, doing something toward solving the problem. Like sending an email, setting a meeting, calling a friend.
- When all else fails, I drag myself out of bed and do something that always works; I exercise. This releases feel good drugs in my brain, the kind of drugs Dr’s give us when we’re depressed. It works every time, this morning included
We all get stressed. It seems to me the best thing to do is listen to what it’s trying to tell us, then redirect the harmful effects with the solutions above. What works for you?