Guest Series by Kathy McGurk.
Congratulations, you have made it to the fourth and final step for managing stress. Good news, in this step you will learn to have fun!
In Step 1, you successfully identified the major stressors in your life. Step 2 allowed you to focus on changing your unnecessary and controllable stressful feelings, while Step 3 concentrated on the realization and acceptance that some potentially stressful situations are beyond your control, consequently altering your reaction to the stressor became imperative.
If you have completed all of these steps, then you are ready for the final, and the most fun, step.
4. Discover Activities For Fun and Relaxation
Now we’re talking. Who would have thought that having fun would be part of a prescription for managing stress? Well, this final step is exceptionally essential if you truly want to combat the stress in your life. By essentially nurturing yourself and allowing yourself enjoyment, you will be better off combating life’s inevitable stressors. If you are having fun and enjoying your life, you will be more likely to face difficult situations with an added amount of energy and eagerness.
Obviously, I can’t tell you exactly what you should do to have fun. But I can suggest that you should dedicate a little bit of time each day for something that is fun and relaxing for you. Taking time for a leisure activity that makes you happy can do wonders on your emotion health. Can’t think of something fun to do? Then check out this incredible list of hobbies. There is no way that you won’t be able to find something fun to try on this long list of activities! Even if it’s only ten minutes of reading a book, calling a friend, or working in your garden, if it makes you happy, you will see your stress level diminish drastically.
These fun times can either be with others or on your own; whichever brings you the most happiness and relaxation. Taking time to simply laugh, clear your mind, or just focus on something that isn’t stressful is one of the easiest things you can do to release stress.
Finally, all 4 steps to managing stress have all been revealed. If you have been closely adhering to these steps, then I hope you are now waking up refreshed and going to bed with less stress than when you started the process. If you have not yet begun the life-altering process it’s definitely time to start! Undoubtedly, your body and mind will thank you.
Have you tried out some of these steps? Let us know how they worked for you in the comments!
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