CREATE A PLAN FOR YOUR WEEK
Stress is inevitable and it seems to come at us from all angles. It’s unrealistic to think you can eliminate all causes of stress from your life. You can, however, create a plan ahead of time so you can manage stressful situations more effectively.
These are three things I like to do each week:
- Plan the week ahead. You can use an online calendar or an old-school pen and paper – whatever you find convenient to refer to throughout the week. Block out time for work, transit, exercise, events, deadlines, appointments, etc. Knowing what you have coming up each day will allow you to move through your schedule with more ease.
- Schedule chill time. If it’s not scheduled, it rarely happens. Especially if your schedule is full. When I plan my week ahead, I always block out time for yoga or stretching and my night routine. This way I know exactly when it’s happening and it’s not left to chance. Otherwise, it’s the first thing to drop off my to-do list.
- Prepare for roadblocks. Look at the week ahead and pinpoint any known situations that may trigger your stress or anxiety. This might be an important meeting, an assignment due, or even just a busy period. Now that you have identified potential triggers, you can plan what strategy to use to deal with them. For example, if it’s an important meeting you have, spend time preparing for it, skip the coffee that morning, practice your deep belly breathing and show up with plenty of time to spare so you’re not rushing.