When you’re dealing with fibroids on top of everything else in your hectic life, things can start to become stressful. You need to keep track of your kids, pay bills, and somehow make some time for yourself, all while your fibroid symptoms make things extra difficult.
There are tons of ways out there to deal with stress – it’s just a matter of finding the right way for you. Here are 12 habits for you to try out, especially when you don’t have a lot of extra time in your day.
1. Deep breathing: When you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, stop and take a moment to take three deep breaths and exhale them all the way. It helps put things in perspective and give you the strength you need to keep going.
2. Squeezing a stress ball: The motion of gripping a ball and squeezing it can help distract and soothe you. If you don’t have one, you can fill a balloon with flour to make your own.
3. Stretching: Loosening up your muscles gets your blood flowing, which can instantly make you feel better. Make time for a quick tricep or hamstring stretch while you’re standing in line at the grocery store or sitting in the car at soccer practice.
4. Drinking water: Staying hydrated will keep you alert and feeling good throughout the day, making it less likely for stress to have the same detrimental effect on you than it might otherwise.
5. Self-talk: Tell yourself that you can make it through whatever you’re dealing with right now. If you have to, force yourself to be positive, and you will eventually start to believe it. It’s kind of a “fake it till you make it” type of approach.
6. Write it out: Taking a second to write down what you’re stressed about and how you’re feeling about it will help release some of the tension you’re feeling. You’ll be able to see the big picture – and making a habit of writing can even help physical ailments heal faster as well.
7. Go for a walk or drive: Focusing on something else can help you calm down from a stressful situation and allow your mind to wander to think of solutions. If you’re in an overwhelming environment, stepping out for a short walk can allow you to approach the issue with new eyes.
8. Use your senses: Doing something sensory can be an instant mood lifter. Touch something soft like a fleece blanket, smell a rose, listen to uplifting music, or suck on a mint.
9. Do what you love: Making time for yourself to read a book, do an art project, or watch your favorite TV show can make a huge difference. Even if you only do your hobby for 15-20 minutes, it can have an effect on how the rest of your day goes.
10. Meditate: This doesn’t have to be a spiritual or religious practice. Sit down in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and visualize yourself in a peaceful or safe place. Keep this image in your mind while you breathe slowly in and out.
11. Set up for success: To avoid being rushed in the morning, try setting out your clothes and making your breakfast and lunch the night before. You won’t spend time trying on lots of different options or trying to throw a meal together, and will be more likely to be on time to wherever you need to go.
12. Avoid stressful situations: If you know something is going to overwhelm you, avoid it if possible. Drive in the slower lane on the highway or go to the store in the morning so you can skip the after-work rush.
Now that you’re armed with an artillery of tips to help you deal with the stresses of life, you can face every day head on. For more ideas on how to improve your daily life, read our blog post 10 Ways to Get More Out of Life.
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