Hi, everyone! My name is Skye Tulio, and I’m elated to have the opportunity to guest post on Dr. Betts’ blog. As a communications professional, my posts will do just that— communicate to you all, the readers, my journey towards healthier living and what works and doesn’t work for me based on my personal experiences. All opinions expressed in my posts are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Dr. Betts, the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation or Mission Healthy Living. I hope my posts will help you as you embark on your own journey towards healthier living and that you enjoy hearing the crazy, yet fabulous stories that make up my life. Thank you for reading!
Lately, as I’ve made my way through grad school, preparing to defend my master’s thesis, I’ve been living by the exact phrase that titles today’s post, “Too blessed to be stressed.” One thing you should know about me is that my family and friends are No. 1 in my life. I have one of the best support systems known to man, and I am so grateful for that every day.
I’ve often called my family or close friends, telling them how stress had overwhelmed me, making me want to curl up in a ball and quit. Yet, they never let me give up and constantly encourage me to be the best I can be. I try to remind myself every day that I’ve got too many great things going on in my life to let stress overshadow it with negativity. Over the course of my undergrad career and my now almost complete grad career (Eeeek! That’s scary to say!), I’ve developed a few methods that work wonders for my stress levels, and I’m happy to share them with you today.
1. Sing it, sister! (or mister): Probably much to my neighbors’ dismay, my No. 1 de-stressor? Singing! While I’m working on just about anything, I turn on my favorite Pandora stations or playlist on my phone and belt (and sometimes dance) away the stress and you can do it too. You don’t even have to be “good” at it! Trust me, I’m no American Idol, but it’s so much fun, and it actually helps me concentrate better on the task at hand. Try it sometime, you may find you actually like it J
2. Breathe in and breathe out: Take a step back from what you’re doing and BREATHE. I know I get so wrapped up in what I’m doing that I forget that I’m just one woman. As my family loves to remind me, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” and neither is whatever you’re stressing over. Take some time and doing something fun –yoga, take a walk, pin things on your Pinterest (another of my fav ways to relax!) whatever gets your mind functioning normally again.
3. Laughter is the best medicine: You can say that again! My favorite thing to do is laugh. Laughing not only releases all that negative energy that comes with stress, but personally makes me feel alive again. I love people who can make me laugh so hard that I feel like I’ve had a serious ab workout! Pull up that funny YouTube video you’ve been meaning to watch for weeks, or if you’re like me, have a conversation with your six-year-old cousin for some comic relief. Kids really do say the darndest things!
4.) Accept help: Let down your walls, and allow others to take the reins once in a while. Too many times, I’ve bitten off more than I can chew, trying to tackle it all by myself. Trust me when I tell you, it NEVER works. Swallow your pride, and ask for help! It will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made. It always has been for me at least J
Finally, I’ve heard a spoonful or so of Nutella also helps rid you of stress…just saying ;) A little indulgence never hurt anyone, right?