For me, 2013 was the year of stress. Not for any particular reason really. I moved house and started a new job, but neither of those things were the major cause.
I was just stressed all the time, about everything. I was irritable and constantly on edge. My poor boyfriend had to put up with a lot of snapping from me over the most ridiculous things. One morning I went ballistic on him because we didn’t have the kind of bread I wanted for my toast. Another time I nearly cried when he forgot to record The Bachelor (seriously – actual tears).
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It was towards the end of the year (after many more epic toast and Bachelor-like arguments) that he sat me down and said that I needed to do something about how I was feeling. But to be honest, I didn’t know how I was feeling. I wasn’t quite sure how to describe it – I wasn’t anxious or depressed, I just constantly felt like everything in my life was on a deadline that I was falling behind on.
Basically, I was just really freaking stressed all the time.
I was determined not to let 2014 be the same. If 2013 was my year of stress, 2014 was going to be my year of letting go, damn it! So I looked into what I could do to keep myself together when everyday stress started to feel like too much.
The tools I came up with were simple, but have made such a huge difference so far (as in, there’s been no tears over toast). I’m just one of those people who tends to stress out easily, so I need to be aware of it. Here’s what I’ve been keeping an eye on: