- Mental Health
7 Tips for Beating Stress
Stress is a part of our every day life. It doesn't matter how calm a person is, they will feel stress or frustration at some point in their life.
Stress can be good for the body in short doses. Stress is what triggers the flight or fight response in the body. It can give a college student that extra burst of energy to get a paper done, and it can help a person focus more for a short period of time.
Too much stress can be a bad thing. When the body is under constant stress, it can lead to heart problems, such as heart disease, tension headaches, fatigue and several other health problems.
These tips will help make stress more manageable so that you can enjoy the benefits of stress when you need to, and you don't have to deal with the negative impact it will have on your health.
1. Regular Relaxation
The key to beating stress is to find the time to relax on a daily basis. This can give both your brain and your body exactly what it needs so that the negative effects of stress don't have time to sink in.
Finding some time to relax when you're trying to juggle work, school and kids can seem impossible, but these tips will fit right into your busy lifestyle.
- Meditate in the car. Instead of getting angry while sitting in the pick up line to get the kids or in the middle of a traffic jam, use those few moments as a breather. Learn deep breathing techniques and do them in the car to help combat stress.
- Bubble baths. Instead of trying to clean the house spotless after the kids go to bed, use that time as an opportunity to do something for yourself. Take a relaxing bubble bath and save the dishes for the next day to feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
- Music. Music is all it needs for me to smile, and it's become a part of my every day life. Try cranking up the radio and dancing while cooking dinner or straightening up the house. A few good songs and you will feel brand new.
2. Remove Toxic People
Toxic people can take their toll on both your life and your mental health. When your brain is constantly dealing with drama, it can be hard to deal with that drama on top of the stress of daily life.
Instead of trying to juggle it all, take an inventory of the people in your life. Are there certain people that you instantly feel negative around? Do you feel stressed out the second a specific person walks through the door?
If you answered yes to either one of those questions, it may be a good idea to distance yourself from those certain people. If cutting them out of your life isn't an option, put emotional distance between the two of you to help yourself be more relaxed.
3. Take Better Care of Yourself
The body cannot properly handle stress if it is not being taken care of. This doesn't mean a mani and a pedi. It means getting enough sleep. If you are not waking up feeling well rested, it means you are not sleeping well.
Taking care of your body means eating and drinking right. Lay off the caffeine and put down the energy drinks. Remember to eat a vegetable, and include plenty of healthy food into your diet.
A body that is taken care of will always preform it's best at everything, from exercising to dealing with stress.
4. Write it Down
Keeping a journal is a great way to deal with stress. Writing down things that stress you out is a healthy way to get them out without letting anyone else know your secrets. If Linda from work is cheating on her husband and it's bothering you, then you can write that down without worrying about someone else finding out.
This is a great way to release stress and built up emotions so that you can feel amazing no matter what life throws at you.
5. Find a Healthy Outlet
If writing it down sounds less than appealing, that means that it's time to find a healthy outlet for stress. Instead of doing something that you hate, try out different things until you find something that fits you. Try a few of these ideas to get started:
- Working out
6. Practice Time Management
One of the main reasons that people feel so stressed in the modern world is because they do not know how to practice good time management skills. If it feels like there aren't not enough hours in the day, it may be time to learn some time management skills.
A planner that has a slot for every hour of the day is a great way to start. This can help you see exactly what you are doing all day, and it will show you how much time you have left in the day for other things like grocery shopping. When you quit trying to do too much in one day, you will start to feel better.
This planner is the one that I use, and it helped me practice time management while working, going to school and being a single mom.
7. Never Lose Your Sense of Humor
Yeah, it may have been a nightmare to clean up that peanut butter all over the kitchen, but you know seeing your two year old finger painting with peanut butter was a little bit funny, right? If you can't seem to smile and laugh at anything these days, you may have lost your sense of humor and it's time to get it back.
Sit back, watch a funny movie and let yourself smile and laugh. Once you get that sense of humor back, make sure to keep it and laugh off the small things. This will instantly help you beat stress because you'll start to find things funny instead of stressful.
Stress is a part of your every day life, and there is nothing that you can do about it certain things, like that traffic jam. There are certain things that you can do to help your mind and body feel at ease no matter how stressful life gets though.
Get started with these seven tips and start enjoying life again today.
© 2018 Amber Lynn