As we come to an end of this 30 day challenge about reducing stress and relaxing more, I have one last important concept to share with you today. Much of what we talked about throughout this challenge, and particular the quick stress busting tips, seem small. When you’re feeling very stressed out and aren’t in love with how your life is shaping up to be right now, they seem like a tiny drop in the bucket. You may be tempted to embrace some radical change.
While selling your house, quitting your job, and moving across the country is certainly an option, it isn’t your only one. All the small changes and tweaks we’ve talked about throughout this blog post series add up to a big change in your lifestyle. Taking by themselves they are small and their impact is just as small. But repeated over 30, 50, and 100 time, they add up quickly to bring about some real change.
The key is to implement them one at a time and have a little bit of patience. You’ll get a little bit of stress relief every time you put something to work and make a small change. Even if it’s only getting an extra 20 minutes of sleep per night or starting to doodle when you feel stressed. It will start to make you feel a little bit better. The next small change will move you another step in the right direction. Before you know it, you’ve made great strides towards a more relaxed and fulfilling life.
The first part is always the toughest. Yes, it would be nice to have an easy button that makes all your stress and worries go away. It doesn’t exist. Instead, you have the capability in you to change your life for the better, one little or big step at a time. In the end, that’s much more valuable than a quick fix. You’ll feel accomplished with what you’ve done. You’ve earned the fun and relaxing lifestyle you’ve created for yourself and your family. I can tell you from experience that’s a thrilling feeling and it makes the journey that much sweeter.
Go out there and start making some small lifestyle changes. Go back to that list of things you made that stress you out and keep working through them. As time goes by you’ll start to see more and more opportunities to for little tweaks and changes that will improve your quality of life. You just have to look for them and then implement them.
Do this, and it won’t take long to make some big changes in your life. It also helps to remember that you’re not only changing your own life and how you’re feeling, but also the lives of your loved ones. A more relaxed and less stressed partner, parent, and friend is a lot more fun to be around than someone who is under constant pressure.