I have been hearing from a LOT of people about how they are feeling extra stressed and strangely “emotional” over the past few weeks.
For example, little things they would normally have shrugged off seem to be causing more stress and frustration than usual.
Can you relate?
The stress of it all is adding up fast, but making the shift from reactive to proactive can make a BIG difference in your mindset and overall wellness!
When you focus on the things outside of your control (like what’s happening in the world outside your house over the past couple months!), you are in REACTION mode.
That is not a fun place to be. When you’re waiting for the next big problem to hit, you are always on alert — and your stress level increases.
But when you shift your focus to the things you CAN control — things like your daily habits, how you treat others, your immediate surroundings and your actions — you move into a PROACTIVE mode. Stephen R. Covey, author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” calls this your “Circle of Influence.”
Staying in your Circle of Influence will help you alleviate so much stress!
Here’s a quick action plan to help you stay inside your Circle of Influence:
- Stressed? If you’re feeling stressed, move yourself PHYSICALLY out of your environment. Don’t sit there watching the news or staring at your devices. Go for a walk, listen to music, work out or meditate.
- Clear Your Mind. With all of the chaos, disorder and uncertainty, more than ever you need to be still, clear your mind, and think for YOURSELF. Meditate, pray, breathe, do whatever works for you — but spend some time in silence daily and breathe. Do this for at least 5 minutes — longer, if you’re able to!
- Work Out. At least three to five times a week. Enough said!
- Media Detox. There’s a big difference between being informed and over-consuming the news. Be mindful of the amount of time you’re watching it. Learn what you need, and then shut it down.
- Gratitude. Reflect on this first thing in the morning and last thing before bed. Keeping a gratitude journal will help tremendously.
- Morning Ritual. Don’t skip it. Make sure you start each day with something that sets you and your day up for success.
- Get Inspired. Read books, watch inspiring videos, call people you love — do whatever you need to do to stay in a positive state.
Remember: you can’t pour from an empty cup!
*If you’re feeling seriously stressed and anxious, you should talk to a professional for some guidance.
Thomas Fitness Consulting was launched in 2017 after Laura Thomas decided to fulfill her dream of helping professional women and expecting and new mothers find strength and energy through movement and accountability support. She currently serves the greater Westlake and Broadview Heights areas in-person and also offers virtual coaching. For more information, visit thomasfitnessconsulting.com.