When our lives become dictated by *to-do* lists, it can seem pretty stressful trying to get everything done + still making time for a killer sweat sesh. But if we take a step back + look at what we do every day, how are we spending our days? If you find yourself only making time for the things that stress you out, naturally you’re going to feel pretty stressed. By making a *stressor list,* you can start putting into perspective how you should balance your time.
WHAT’S A STRESSOR LIST?
A *stressor list* is like a *to-do* list, except instead of writing all the things you need [or think you need ; )] to do, you write down everything that stresses you out. This could be the one person at the gym who slams their barbells down + makes your ears ring [soooo unnecessary], your job, a long morning commute, or giving speeches in class. Write down anything that brings you negative vibes + detracts from your energy.
HOW DOES IT HELP?
If you do have a *to-do* list handy, compare it to your *stressor list.* More often than not, your *to-do* list looks pretty similar to your *stressor list.* It’s easy to say we’re *too busy* to hang out with our friends // loved ones because we have a paper due or errands to run, but we often don’t realize that we’re not making time for the people // things we want to make priorities in our lives. It becomes too much when our health + relationships [++ our sanity!] begin to suffer from it. By writing out all the things that stress you out, you can visualize clearly what is bringing unwanted negativity into your life.
HOW DO I DO IT?
See where you can cut the stressors from your life. You can look at those things that cause you stress, like your schoolwork or your job,++ figure out how it can realign better with your values + what makes you happy. If your classes are a huge stressor for you, maybe you took on too much this semester or maybe your major isn’t right for you [which is totally okay!]. If the person that slams the weights down at the gym bothers you, blast a killer playlist + drown out the noise. ; )
You deserve to live a happy, low-stress life. Sure, some stress can be good stress, if it’s motivating you to work harder + grow, but chronic stress can lower our motivation + seriously affect our health. Now that you have a list of your *stressors,* you can start aligning what you do every day with what will make you your happiest, best self. : )
++Ashleigh Monaco [ashvm_inchaarg] // University of Iowa