Life can throw all of us curve balls! What we do with those balls is important. We can become a victim or we can become a survivor to the 10th magnitude! I have always been a person who believes self help. Being a stepchild and all of the insecurities that can come with that and feeling different and less connected with my step-family, I think, drove me to try to be better and better. This along with the worldly pressures of being a renaissance woman, being all things to all people, made me want to read topics about self improvement. Book and magazines, on how to do this and how to do that, lead me to read so much, study and practice ways to improve myself. Years ago, when my stepmother had just passed away, and I was away from home and the love of my life, in college, I discovered many things. At that time, I spoke with my dad daily in hopes that he could help me get my stuff together and reduce my stresses. He gave awesome advice, and with these bits and pieces of what he suggested and what I learn over my years of research on improvement, I sprung into action. I started journaling, got back into meditation, and just start living my life to be and do what I wanted. I did not want to be stressed. I wanted to be happy again. I went on a journey to self discovery to find ways to make me happy. However, the journey of what makes me happy and reduces my stresses continues to grow. What does this mean?
In order for us to be successful in our own lives, we have to take control and take action. Yes it takes work to to find the full and complete you, but that is what it is all about, finding the real and complete you. If you can study in school for years to learn, you can study yourself for years to learn. What kinds of things reduce your stress? Do you do them or just think about them. Below are 5 ways I like to help reduce my stress.