Life is filled with them and we all go through it and it can be grueling! Whether it’s that person at work, perhaps it’s the person at work; the boss, how about your guy or gal that you love 24/7 except when they’re annoying, family, friends, or random strangers that tick you off! Little pet peeves add up and build up to a tumultuous explosion!
If you’re like most people you’re probably wondering if annoyances, frustrations and/or stress are normal or toxic. Well it depends on the extend of it! If you’re always annoyed, frustrated or stressed; it is toxic, though it’s important to remember that people are people are people and we all are subject to feelings of displeasure.
Here are a few tips to relieve your annoyances, frustrations and stresses:
Vent It out. It’s vital to relieve stress and positive venting may just be the thing for you! LET IT OUT; even if you need to scream and cry in order to get rid of those feelings.
Immerse yourself in Music. For me music is one of those stressrodisiac (I made it up! It’s my word!) that calms the soul and gives your body a moment to loosen and breathe…any genre can work; from Enya to Eminem, its all good!
Meditate. Whenever I have those moments, I find that I can easily zone out and zone into a great feeling. Create a great visual for yourself, one that brings you peace, take a deep breath, hold it, hold it and then release that breath. For me repeating the word Om takes me to a place of tranquility! Also, you can literally do this anywhere!
Go For A Walk. I literally live for walks! I enjoy it so much that I can easily lose track of time! Walks give me insight on the beauty around me and it reminds me to be thankful more!
Let Yoga Become Your Practice. Did you know that yoga gets rid of toxins in the body and creates a natural flow within? Yes! This ancient secret is amazing and you need to implement it into your routine. I may not have time to go to a class or to spend an entire hour destressing and stretching, but I get five to ten minutes in and I feel powerful! YouTube has countless awesome videos you can use. I always do downward dog, plank (hold each set for two minutes) and child’s pose.
Power Nap As Much As You Can. You know that saying, “A hungry man is an angry man?” Well, a tired man is equally stressed and angry. A quick ten minute nap can do wonders for your mental acuity, your ability to perform and it can significantly reduce your stress levels.
Write It Out. Simply put, take a piece of paper and a pen and write down every angry thought, every vile feeling, every obscenity that’s poison to your mind and all of your negative energies. Shred it, burn it, stomp on it, destroy it and get rid of those harmful feelings!
Talk It Out. I’m not telling you to confront and offend. But if your friend is drinking excessively and his behavior is wounding his wellbeing then, it’s a good idea to take him out for coffee and gently tell him you’ve noticed and you recommend he gets help.
Likewise if your spouse has been ignoring her health and she continues to deteriorate, then by all means, let her know. You may want to say, “I love and care for you; that’s why I want you well” and then you can finish by offering a few tangible solutions for restoring her health.
No More Touchy, Touchy. I used to be extremely touchy, especially about my weight! Ten years ago I was 97 pounds and most people would to joke with me about my weigh and it became an annoyance, a frustration and I would be mentally stressed just thinking of their comments.
People would say to me, “You’re seventy five pounds soaking wet” or “you need to put some meat on them bones.” I’m laughing as I write it because it no longer affects me and I realize that because I’ve grown myself tremendously over the years and that’s the only reason I’ve prevailed and empowered myself. You can too!
Have A Good Laugh. Laughter is the best medicine! I love comedies and the silliest ones. I could really hurt my ribs watching Naked Gun or Dumb & Dumber. Hey, if you’re strong enough to take it; certainly have a great old laugh at yourself! I love to look back and think; “what was I thinking?”
Think It Out And Through. Think about it; are negative feelings and emotions helping or hurting you? Will bitterness over a situation help? Will petty actions ever pay off? No never!! Well, why lead yourself down a path of doom if you already foreshadow it?
I think if we all start acting like caring, compassionate adults, the world would be a better place! The next time you’re about to inflict hurt with or without reason, cause a commotion or poke an ant’s nest, ask yourself; “is it worth it?”
Or if you’re on the receiving end, walk away because it’s not worth it and the person or persons wanting to inflict hurt, pain and stress in your life are definitely not worth it!! Also, know when to choose your battles and if you choose to battle, make sure it’s worth it!
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