Ah stress, the insidious killer lurking at the fringes of our consciousness, waiting to strike with the force of a sledgehammer if we let it build up. Thus, relieving and managing our stress levels is extremely imperative for us to function properly in our daily lives. Sure, stress does have its good sides, but humans were not made to live in constant stress, and prolonged stress over a long period of time can do a lot of harm to our health. If you find yourself constantly anxious and stressed, then perhaps it’s time to take a break, go on a retreat, and just let loose. Or you could just keep in mind some of these few tips to help you manage your stress.
1. Stay positive.
Keeping a positive attitude may seem like a very simple thing to do, but it’s not always easy to look on the bright side of things, especially when you’re already so stressed out that everything starts to bother you. However, facing things with a positive attitude helps quite a fair bit to alleviate stress, as stress is a buildup of your negativity.
2. Accept that there are events that you cannot control.
Sometimes you overwork yourself, push yourself past your limits to prepare for any situation in order to make sure everything goes smoothly, but then something still goes wrong despite your efforts, which triggers a stress response that things aren’t going the way you wanted. Accepting that things happen outside of you control is one of the things you can do to prevent you from building up stress. For one, you won’t go to great lengths trying to make sure everything goes perfectly, and stressing yourself out as you do it, but when things actually go wrong, you’ll face it without stressing out as you’d have expected that there’ll always be things that go wrong.
3. Exercise regularly.
Getting regular exercise is key to leading a stress free life. Exercising releases endorphins into your body, a chemical that creates a positive feeling, countering the stress you may feel. Furthermore, the fitter your body is, the better you will be at combating physical stress.
4. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
What you eat may also adversely affect your stress levels. For example, too much sugary foods may cause your emotional levels to soar, then come crashing down, causing your stress levels to spike. Also, if you’re dieting excessively, the lack of food and nutrients that you need may affect your emotional balance, and in turn your stress levels.
5. Make time for hobbies, interests, and relaxation.
Doing what you like is also important when you’re looking to manage stress. Need I say more? Enjoying your leisure time with your hobbies and interests allows your mind to unwind, and relieves your stress.
6. Get enough rest and sleep.
Not getting enough sleep is a sure sign that you are stressed. Yet, not getting enough sleep can also cause you to build up stress. Sleeping helps your mind to recover from stressful events, that’s why you feel refreshed after waking up. Getting too little sleep thus will lead to a buildup of stress as you’re not giving your mind sufficient time to recover.
7. Don’t rely on alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviors to reduce stress.
Although substance abuse and addictions may help you with managing your stress in the short term, in the long term the outcome is always the same, never beneficial. Indulge in hobbies and interests, but never in addictions.
If you have a chronic stress issue, and these tips aren’t helping you, then you may wish to see a counsellor or a psychiatrist to help you with managing your stress, through medicine or even physical techniques.