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A to-do list for your stressful days, the days where nothing seems to be going right, should not be the same as any other day. The point here is to shift your focus and concentration and make yourself a priority. If you don’t, these days are going to go on for a lot longer than they really need to.
Turn Off the News
The first thing you should do when you are having a stressful day is to turn the news off. Even if what is causing stress in your life has nothing to do with what is going on in the world, the news can still make a big impact on you. During these times, you need happy thoughts and only good news, but you’re not going to get that from national or local news stations.
Get Away from Social Media
After shutting off the news, go one step further and stay away from social media for the day. It isn’t going to benefit you today, and only make you feel worse. Again, it can seem innocent enough just checking up on your friends, but before too long, you are triggered by something you see, get FOMO or get jealous about how others are doing, and feel like you are failing. Even though social media posts don’t tell the whole story. It is best to shut it off for the day.
Do Something You Never Have Time for
While you are winding down and taking some time to yourself when you are stressed, take advantage and do something you never seem to have time for. No, this does not mean cleaning out the gutters or taking your car for an oil change. It should be something fun and relaxing, that feels more like self-care and treating yourself. Maybe you finally try a recipe in that cookbook that has been sitting on your shelf for 6 months, or you get out your art supplies that have been collecting dust.
Write in Your Journal
As cliché as it might sound, writing out your feelings can help tremendously on a stressful day. Purge all of the negativity out of your mind by getting it all on paper. Be as honest as you can, expressing what you feel and why you feel it, why you are stressed, and anything else that is bothering you. This can be such a cathartic experience.
Don’t Worry About Why You Are Stressed
The reasons you are stressed isn’t important right now. It is probably not something you can take back or do anything about, so put that aside for now.
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