I've been feeling stressed lately. I'm nervous about our upcoming move and whether or not all of our stuff will fit in the back of my parents truck. Over the weekend, we tried a test move. We taped the measurements of my parents truck bed in our living room and started filling it with our boxed stuff. We don't have a lot of personal items, but the household stuff is going to take up a lot of space. Our bulk food, emergency water containers and go bags took up more space than I expected.
Worrying about our stuff seems so trite, especially when you consider the disaster that just happened in Haiti. We live in an uncertain world and I think having control over my "stuff" gives me an illusion of security.
Since I've been feeling a little freaked out, I've been thinking about how to deal with stress and wanted to share 5 ways to eliminate moving stress. I've been applying these tips to my moving worries, but I think they could work for any type of anxiety.
If you start feeling anxious or upset, take several deep breaths. The lovely Gwen Bell pointed out a few weeks ago that, "life asks you to pay close attention. Knowing that each moment really is it. It has all your yesterdays and tomorrows in it." Taking the time to breathe and cultivate awareness in yourself is powerful. Life can be stressful, but we always have the option to make positive changes.
With all the bad news, I’ve been reflecting on my life and how I can help others. David, from the Simple Organized Life, wrote an excellent post last week about how the people in Haiti would love to have a simple and organized life. It’s easy to get caught up in everyday dramas and forget that we are very privileged. (Especially, those of us who have extra time, access to information, clean water, etc.).
3. Do yoga
Yoga is an amazing meditative workout. The practice has a way of bringing me back to my senses and showing me what's important in life. Stuff is only stuff. People and relationships are the things that matter.
Leave your electronic device at home and take a walk. During your walk, observe the birds, look at the colors in the sky or listen to the patter of rain. Be present in your life and notice your surroundings. It's so easy to plug into an iPod and just zone out. Zoning out isn't an inherently bad thing, but it you're feeling stressed it's hard to get in touch with the cause of your problem or what you can do to change your circumstances.
Consider starting a legacy project. Think of ways you can add value to the world and do it. Maybe you can start a blog, write a book, take family portraits for free or join a community organization. There are so many possibilities. Dream big and don't listen to the naysayers.
I hope you found these tips useful. How do you deal with stress?