6 Stress Solutions for the Spring
By Brandi Goodman
The spring season sees some stressors arise. You may have a gardening project on your hands. You might be in need of a major spring cleaning. Whatever the case may be, there are some stress solutions you can utilize in the spring to help yourself get through.
Turn Up the Tunes
Music is an excellent option for stress relief. While you're working, turn up the tunes and let the feel-good music lift your spirits. Happy and upbeat songs are best to put you in a good mood and help you get your work accomplished.
Break Up Your Tasks
Don't worry about getting everything finished in one day. You can break up your task list and spread out the chores over several days or even weeks. Schedule out a few minutes at a time if you need to be sure you can fit it all in. It'll all get done eventually, so don't worry too much about the timeframe.
Exercise is a tried-and-true method for stress relief. You release endorphins that help you feel good when you work out. Fit in some time for exercise and it will help you to de-stress and be ready to take on your tasks.
Phone a Friend
A conversation with a loved one can help put you in a better mood. Phone a friend when you need to de-stress for a bit. You can also call up a friend when you're in need of some help. Ask if they wouldn't mind coming over and helping you finish one of the chores on your list. Entice them with some food and drinks and you're sure to have a taker.
Don't Skip Your Sleep
It may seem like a good idea to miss out on a few hours of sleep to get all your tasks accomplished, but you'll be doing more harm than good. Missing out on much-needed Zzz's will leave you feeling irritable, over-tried, and even more stressed than usual for your next day's work. Never skip out on sleep. Get plenty of rest so your body has the energy to function well and get your spring cleaning and yard work handled.
Create a Schedule
You can create a schedule for yourself if that helps. You'll then know you have a set time for each task and won't feel so overwhelmed not knowing where to start. Don't just put "cleaning" on the to-do list, either. Write out what it is you hope to accomplish, such as scrubbing the windows or going through the boxes in the garage. Focus on just that one chore at the time so you know you'll get it done and it's a check off your list.
Utilize these stress solutions this spring so you don't feel so overwhelmed with the tasks you want to accomplish for yourself. Spring cleaning, yard work, and other duties you have to finish at home can all be handled slowly and in a fun way to make it more worthwhile and better for your mental health.
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