Thoughtful Ways to Stress Less

This past summer, my professional life took way off in a beautiful blessed direction. Real life confession- that is why you have received way more reflections and comics. Thank you for your likes, comments, and re-blogs. Thank you for knowing sometime the best life messages are short or come through humor. Though, as usual, I digress. Back to the title of this post “Thoughtful Ways to Stress Less”. I came across Lisa Quast’s tips, and although these past months have not been stressful per se, I still wanted to go over this list and see where I could improve (or better yet, to see where I was exceling).

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Carve out email time -I have nailed this at work- the first thirty minutes and last thirty minutes of my day is spent on email. The issue is the personal emails that suck my time. I have a friend that keeps her email on autoreply and it reads “Thank you so much for contacting me. Please note that I check emails once per day Monday – Friday. Due to the volume of emails that I receive daily, I may take up to 48 hours to respond to your email, longer if you contact me during the weekends. I will do my best to respond to your email as soon as I am able. Thank you so much for your patience and graciousness.” Oh, how I need to get to that point.
Switch from multitasking to single-tasking-  I am excelling at this if I am prepping a lecture or reviewing a client case before a session. Now on the social media front, not so much. Yes, I can line up reflections and comics, but I am not the best at finding titles (I swear AJ is the queen of this) or Instagram captions for photos (you may have noticed some of my bloopers over time).
Prep your attire – I am never going to be the woman who lays her wardrobe out at night. I dress by the way I am feeling when I wake up. Luckily, my closet is well organized.
Plan your meals – I respect people who meal prep. I am just not that individual. My biggest de-stressor is co-cooking with my spouse after a long day. I am more of a snack prepper, as I am not a fan of wasting money on convenience food.

This list is interesting to me, I am surprised Quest didn’t put exercise on the list. I personally find my runs to be one of my biggest stress busters. I also believe in saying no to opportunities, if it’s that good you will feel it in your being. What do you do to destress?

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