Super Stressed? Avoid Doing These Things...
Manage Your Stress By Avoiding These Things
We are all way to familiar with the many things that we should do when we are stressed out but did you know that there are things we should avoid? It doesn't matter who you are, we all have times in our lives when the stress get so back that it takes over and we can't seem to find the light at the end of the tunnel. As well as using the proper positive coping mechanisms to deal with stress, there are some things that need to be avoided in order to further manage your stress.
1. Drinking in Excess
Yes, having an alcoholic drink at the end of a super stressing work week can help relieve the tension, it unfortunately can lead to binge drinking and I am sorry to say but alcohol is a depressant. If you overindulge you will feel worse, I am not saying don't have a drink I am just saying keep yourself in check. If you need to have a drink then enjoy but don't let this turn into a habit that you become dependent on in order to get through life.
2. Causing a Fight
Something that you should definitely avoid is picking a fight with your significant other or family member. As much as we would love them to be our punching bag sometimes, that is not there purpose and they should be treated with love, respect and appreciation. Yes, we are all guilty of occasionally snapping at the ones we love the most but afterwards we all feel miserable. Just take a deep breath, try to smile and forget what troubles you when meeting up with friends or going home to family. Granted letting off steam makes everyone feel better but not if it has a negative effect on everyone around you. Don't stress other people out.
3. Staying up all night
So, you have a deadline for work that needs to be finished tomorrow or an important project that needs to be done, and you have so much going on that going to sleep just feels like a waste of time. Well, sleep is extremely important and a lack of sleep will just make you feel worse. Instead of having several sleepless nights, attempt to get to bed early so you can recharge your battery that way you can find time during the day to tackle what ever you have going on head first and refreshed.
4. Binge Eating
After a stressful day you might be tempted to dig into the cookie jar. Even I hate admitting this but you will not find the answers at the bottom of that jar, trust there have been several times where I've looked. Overeating just makes you feel worse plus it could also make you sick if you do eat the whole cookie jar, but this should be avoided as well. There are stress relieving foods (who knew) that you should eat instead like cashews, avocados, and berries. Not only are you relieving stress, eating healthy and you will feel better about yourself which is what we are trying to achieve in the first place.
5. Impulsive Spending
As tempting as it to indulge in a little retail therapy after a stressful day it will only help momentarily because once you receive your credit card bill you will no longer be happy and the stress of trying to figure out how to pay the bill will arise. Try natural highs like exercise or catching up with an old friend.
6. Drug Use
In the long term drug and alcohol are not going to ease the stresses and difficulties of life. They will actually exacerbate the problem. Instead try mindful meditation or yoga as a natural form of therapy.
7. Missing Your Workouts
As tempting as it to skip a workout when you are super stressed but the truth is, you need it. Whether you go alone, with a friend or have a date with the personal trainer to work up a good sweat, don't cancel it. Sweating out the stress will make you feel better in the long run plus you got a great workout which is twice as nice.
I know that when I am stressed isolation is my best friend. When I feel like the going gets tough and I feel as though I just can't be around people and I am in desperate need of me time than that's alright. It's important to remember that you don't isolate and try to speak to people who you can trust and that you find supportive about what is stressing you. This way, you are getting the help and loving support you need from the people around you who care.
9. Excessive Caffeine
This one is difficult for me because I drink coffee in excess. But caffeine is also something that one shouldn't overindulge in as it can exacerbate the stress just like drugs and alcohol. Try to limit yourself to one or two cups of coffee in the morning and attempt to not drink coffee past lunch time. If you are feeling drained and need a pick me up, than in the afternoon, enjoy a cup of green tea.
These are just a few things that you should try to avoid when feeling stressed because in the end everything on this list will eventually make you feel worse. Remember to try to stay positive and use healthy coping mechanisms to release stress and not hold it in or lash out on someone.