I was sat thinking today about stress and how debilitating it can be sometimes. Stress is a major factor in everybody’s lives, some people it effects more than others and I wonder how many people know how to calm down during or after a stressful day. So I thought I would write down my ten top tips that I use to combat my stress, when the ugly little beasties come running my way…
- Find your stress triggers. Being able to identify what triggers your stress can go a long way to help battling it and preventing it.
- Exercising. Yes, the E word. Taking up some form of physical activity can greatly help reduce stress, you are able to burn off calories and express the stress through doing something you enjoy. Maybe take up running, or yoga (I know this helps, I will talk in more detail about it later). Use this time to either physically burn off the stress or as time to think and process your stresses.
- Eat well, Drink well. And no, I don’t mean binge eating on chocolate and McDonalds and consuming large quantities of alcohol. Yes, this may help in the short term, but in the long run it will only add to the stress you already have. Eating healthily will keep you healthy and energized, meaning you are more able to tackle what is thrown at you. Staying nourished is essential to reducing stress!
- Sleep. And don’t we all love it. When I learnt that sleep is a key factor of reducing stress, I thanked the heavens, I love to sleep and the more of it you get the better. We should all aim to be getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night, sleeping help us reboot our bodies and minds. And keeping up our energy physically and mentally can go along way with helping us through the day and keeping down our stress levels.
- At least once a day find stillness. Meditation has been proven to be one of the best ways to combat stress (Ive taken up yoga, and have found that the meditation has been the best part of learning it. I have used it to help battle the stress beasties). Allowing body and mind to become one releases the effects of stress, combating against the fight and flight response we feel.Having a few moments of silence in your day allows you to re-gravitate yourself once again.
- Friends. Talking to someone about whats stressing you can help reduce the stress you feel. By them listening and allowing you to fully express how you feel will bring a weight of your chest. Have you ever felt so weighed down you weren’t sure what to do, but then spoken to someone and the weight was then greatly lifted? This is what your friends are for and they know that. Don’t feel anxious about talking to them about things, they are more willing to listen than you think!
- Travel, even if its to the local park. Getting out of the house and away from any potential triggers can greatly aid in your de-stress. Taking time away from the daily grind will help. It is said by many doctors that going on holidays helps maintain good health. Anyway, planning a vacation gives you something to look forward too… Imagine it sun, pool and freedom!
- Make time for yourself. Weather its ten minutes or a day, making time for yourself is a massive assist to lessening your stress levels. It may be quiet time reading a book (something I very much enjoy), taking a jog or simply sleeping, finding a few minutes in your day to indulge in yourself will go along way to bringing down those stress beasties.
- Smile, even if its fake. Smiling releases endorphins, which are our happy hormones, and by releasing these little friends can greatly improve your mood! You can’t deny the connection our body and mind has, but how much control does our body have over our mind?! why don’t you find out, the next time you feel a wave of stress coming slap a smile on. It won’t hurt!!!
- Don’t say should’ve or should, say I want. Your stress levels elevate when you begin to think about all things you should and should’ve done (trust me I know!) but this is only making things worse. We forget to take into consideration of all things we want
to do, to listen to what our mind is telling us, giving us advice on. Instead of allowing ourselves to fulfil our own goals, we put pressure onto ourselves to fulfil the goals of others, constantly raising our stress, where’s the fair ground in that? So the next time you think, oh no I should’ve done that or I should do this. Think what do I want to do… and do it.
I hope these ten tips go a little way to help you de-stress!
Make sure to comment down below if any do, or you can think of some more, I would love to read them!!!
Until next time,