You know what I like? NOT having bad days.
It’s annoying, throws of my game and quite frankly I could do without them. Know what I mean?
Sure, it’s inevitable to have a perfect day each and every day otherwise it’d just be normal. You’re going to spill that coffee, be late for that meeting and feel like life is working against you.
However, it’s completely possible to challenge this idea and create a new normal. The mindset scale is tipped too far in the balance of negative expectations so it’s time to change your thinking and carpe diem the heck out of your days.
Carpe Diem – used to urge someone to make the most of the present time and give little thought to the future.
Avoiding the Allostatic Load in Your Life
Taking the steps to avoid chronic stress is something that has to be very deliberate. If you aren’t making the effort to control this stress load in your life, you’ll begin moving down a path that is dangerous and irreversible.
Injury, pain and illness are just a few signs that you are following an unhealthy path and although these signs are serious, they are the lesser of the evils. Heed the signs!
Heart Disease and Death are the serious repercussions to neglecting your health and stress. Don’t let yourself get to this point. We can’t bring you back from this.
Here are some steps to winning your days on a more regular basis:
You can’t change what you aren’t aware of. Make a list of things that bring you the most stress and turmoil in your life. Having a picture in front of you can be very eye opening – literally.
Subscribe to blogs that talk about stress and mindset issues. Read books on the topic, talk to friends about coping strategies. Start to listen and learn about how your body responds to chronic stress. More importantly, start understanding what makes you happy.
Make a Plan
Develop a strategy, or action plan. How will you respond if x, y or z happens? Is your plan easy to follow with strategies you are confident in executing?
Work the Plan
When your coffee spills on your shirt or your stuck behind that slow driver, what will you do? Maybe it’s taking a 5 breathe break. Maybe its positive affirmations. It could always be worse right? The big idea here is to keep your mind from going to places the make you smaller.
Are you sleeping enough to recharge your batteries? Move your body, exercise, etc. The plan can be as simple as taking a walk. Whatever it is, make it work for you and not anyone else.
The more you work it, the easier it gets. The plan won’t be perfect, you’ll forget or it won’t work at times….that’s ok.
Learn and adjust but just keep trying. You’ll get it down and it will come easy. I promise.
You’ll avoid burnout and win your day.
Bonus Tips to Help You Along Your Way
Stay hydrated – The benefits are endless. Just drink more water.
Avoid electronics before bed – The blue light will disrupt your sleep. You won’t recover as well. Your chronic stress goes up.
Move often – Small movement throughout your day like stretching or mobility work are perfect ways to create positive change.
Breath practice – Relaxed, deep breathing is extremely helpful to reduce your “fight or flight” response to stress. Do it.
Work the steps, find your plan and win your day.