Have you ever been so stressed out, you wish you could disappear and spend the rest of your life on a beach far away from everything? I have. Many times.
I remember very well, about 1 year ago as I was preparing an event for my custom shoe brand. It was hectic and last minute changes were coming in. The phone was ringing, people were asking questions, the first guests were about to arrive and it felt like I was all over the place. Then, all of a sudden my body started getting really hot, I was feeling dizzy and about to snap. I could feel the tears building up and quickly went to the toilet. The only way out was to leave the event and go to the park outside. Luckily, my girlfriend was able to calm me down over the phone and I slowly regained control…
I was working 7 days a week on 5/6 hours of sleep and little to no enjoyment. To this day I still find it difficult to celebrate success and reward myself for the hard work (although I’m making progress). Everything in my life was aligned with work, always busy and almost no time for friends or myself.
My routine was rigid: get up at 5 am, work out, meditate, have breakfast and then off to work. Come next day, press repeat.
In order to be successful in life it is crucial to have a routine that keeps you structured BUT without days of relaxation, your batteries are quickly going to expire.
Most successful entrepreneurs talk about hard work, hustle and grinding but not many emphasize the importance of dealing with stress.
It’s no secret that increased stress leads to higher levels of cortisol and that is the gateway to a number of beautiful things such as:
- heart attack
- ugly face syndrome (Ok I made this up but come on, nobody looks their best when stressed AF!)
Now, don’t panic. This does not mean that you will be having a heart attack tomorrow if you are feeling stressed BUT if you are constantly stressed out, this will increase your chances of getting sick!
Alrighty, let’s get down to business, here are my Top 3 Stress Killers.
Get ready to chill out and begin your journey to Zen-istan (this is my imaginary place where everyone is completely at peace).
Numero 1 - Meditation
Arguably the most effective and powerful way of dealing with stress. I have been practicing Transcendental Meditation for more than 3 years and have not missed a single day. Why? Because it has given me more energy, focus, and peace of mind. There is an overwhelming amount of research on the topic and the benefits are undeniable. I strongly believe we will see meditation become the norm. Just like running is one of the most popular ways of working out, it used to be rather frowned upon. There are many different ways of meditating and I can only speak for TM as I have not practiced other types. Many of my friends use different techniques and achieved similar results. Give it a try and find your inner stress warrior! #namaste
Numero 2 - Gratitude
While stress can be of physical origins such as lack of sleep or some kind of illness, in many cases it is related to our emotions. As we have learned in my previous post (The Power of The Mind), our thoughts directly influence emotion. So, if you are constantly focusing on all the things that are not working out or worrying about the future, you are very likely to feel more stressed! What can you do? Cultivate gratitude, appreciate the small things in life. The more you do this, the more your brain will start to shift. Your focus will go towards appreciation and seek solutions. It doesn’t mean all the negative will vanish overnight BUT you will naturally feel more relaxed and have more energy. A mind filled with gratitude has no space for fear or anxiety.
Numero 3 - Nature
When in doubt, consult mother nature! Despite terrifying spiders and bloodsucking mosquitos (oh boy I hate those), nature is one of the best antidotes for stress. Think about it, how did you feel when you were last wandering through the woods or lying on the beach with the sun shining on your face?
Just try to imagine yourself being there right now, a light breeze on your face, birds singing in the trees…can you feel a little relief?
Spending time in nature means no loud noises from cars, no angry bikers, and no garbage filling your nostrils. Being in nature on a regular basis can significantly help you deal with stress. Plan a trip over the weekend, leave the world behind, plug out and just be with our most beautiful source of life.
Life can be overwhelming at times but there is no need to panic.
You have the power to free yourself from stress and start breathing again.
What’s your best way of dealing with stress, any tips I can try? Let me know in the comments.