Don’t let long-term stress rule your life.
The best way I deal with long-term stress is to get into a routine that involves a mixture of long-term hobbies and short-term projects to have an instant feeling of success with an elongated distraction from other activities.
A little instant gratification can go a long way when your life is starting to pile up stress.
- Learn how to play an instrument.
- But maybe not the drums. Don’t be that neighbor.
- Learn how to sew and make an article of clothing.
- Paint a picture.
- Pick up video games.
- Make your way through an adult coloring book.
- Related: Make your way through a children’s coloring book. It’s all coloring and shit at the end of the day, right?
- Read an entire book series.
- Plan a trip to give yourself something to look forward to.
- Meal prep at the beginning of each week for instant gratification.
- Rearrange your room to improve the overall feng shui of the room.
- Related: learn what feng shui is and attempt to apply it to your entire 1,000 sq. foot apartment without asking your roommates.
Having something to work towards and notice progress is great for taking your mind off the stress crawling around in the back of your mind.
- Listen to more ‘you’ centric podcasts or Ted Talks to learn how to tackle life’s challenges.
- Join a book club.
- Find a job you love that gives you some extra money on the side and pursue it.
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- Keep a journal and write in it every night.
- Sign up for a half marathon way in advance and train for it.
- Get into cryptocurrency.
- Or, you know, don’t.
- Get involved with a non-profit.
- Reach out to old friends and make a time each month to meet.
- Do the one second video challenge where you record one second of your day for an entire year then put the clips together for a 365 second long recap of your year.