It is important to try and prevent stress from the smaller things in life; such as traffic or losing your keys etc. Below are a few ways of preventing these stresses and will hopefully prevent the small stresses from becoming a much larger.
1. Have a calendar
This may sound obvious, but so many times I’ve thought to myself I won’t write this down I’ll remember. However, this appointment then continues to play on my mind and is often an extra thing to remember and stress about. Therefore having a calendar on a bedside table or coffee table is a useful way to quickly make a note of any appointments. Let the paper do the talking.
2. Book ahead
In relation to having a calendar, don’t put off organising appointments that are important or have a time scale. If you try to arrange these appointments at the last minute it can cause unnecessary stress as you may be unable to book the appointment for an ideal time or day. By booking in ahead and writing down in the calendar the event you then put this appointment to the back of your mind and you do not need to stress about trying to ‘find time’ to book it. It could be an idea to use the calendar to also make notes as to the days you could make the appointments therefore you can check it off once the appointment is made.
3. Leave 10/15 minutes earlier for work
There is nothing worse that being stuck in traffic trying to get to work. This can be very stressful, and can lead to you feeling stressed for the whole day whilst working. Although it can be a pain to get up earlier, 6:00 starts are never fun. But by leaving earlier you will allow yourself an extra few minutes incase of traffic. If you do arrive to work too early, you can always sit somewhere and prepare yourself mentally for work, eat breakfast, do your makeup, check emails or social media.
4. Pack your bag the night before
This is in relation to school, work, meeting friends, last minute packing for holiday. By organising what you will need the day before it and packing it into a bag it means that you do not have to stress in the morning. Not only does this save time in the morning, it can also help you switch off before you go to bed. Instead of lying in bed trying to remind yourself to remember to grab something in the morning, get up and pack the item or write it down. Physically acting on this thought will help put your mind at rest to put in your mind at rest.
5. Take pictures
This is one of the most helpful ways that I have found to prevent stresses when I’m out the house, particularly when I go on holiday. How many times have you worried you have left a light on, the tap on? Just before leaving for a holiday or extended period away from the house, I will take pictures of the things which I know will trigger me. Therefore, I take pictures of the plug sockets in my room, the lights, the taps in the bathroom. Then once I’m away if I ever starts stressing over leaving something on, I am able to check my pictures and put my mind at ease, instead of creating an elaborate story as to what will happen if I have left something on.
Hopefully these small ways of preventing some of the smaller stresses in everyday life will be helpful.