Been stressed lately?
Then, you’re in the right place!
There are times when you think there is nothing you can do about your stress. But I’m here to tell you that you have more control than you think you have.
If you want to know how to cope with stress, I’ve listed ways on how to manage stress.
Let’s get started.
Listen to music
During times when you feel overwhelmed, take a break and start listening to some relaxing music. By simply playing calm music, you are reducing cortisol, a hormone that is linked to stress. Not only that, but you are also lowering your blood pressure.
You can opt to listen to classical music or nature sounds. Listening to music is also a good addition when you plan to do a 30-day mental health challenge.
Talk to a friend
Whenever I feel stressed, I try to talk it out with one of my friends. Just having someone listen to me helps a lot with my stress. If you’re like me, take a break and call a friend.
Talk yourself through it
When calling a friend is not an option, talk calmly to yourself. Tell yourself why you are stressed, and what you have to do. And don’t forget to give yourself a pep talk. Look in the mirror and pretend like you’re talking to a friend.
I have friends who eat lots of sugar and junk food when they get stressed. If this is you, it’s important to know that eating fruits and vegetables especially fishes with omega-3 fatty acids help reduce stress.
Yes, you might love coffee. But this is not the time to drink that. Instead, try green tea. It contains healthy antioxidants, and the amino acid, theanine, which is known to have a calming effect on our nervous system. Here are several more drinks that are great for your skin!
Go hit the gym! But if you hate the gym or any form of tiring exercise, a short walk or a simple stretch can provide immediate relief whenever you’re in a stressful situation.
Whenever I get stressed, I like to take my dog for a walk and in just a matter of minutes, I feel better. It also helps me clear my mind and think things through.
Whenever you do exercise, your body releases endorphins which can improve your mood instantly.
Take a deep breath
Yes, it’s true. When it comes to stress, taking a deep breath oxygenates your blood. Thus, clearing your mind.
Next time you feel stressed, simply breathe in and out slowly and deeply.
Make a list
Whether it’s a to-do list for today or a list of groceries to buy, making lists can help you stay organized and focused. This can help lessen everyday stress. If you’re like me, get yourself a planner and start making those lists!
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Related: 5 Habits of Successful People
Get a stress ball
It’s called a stress ball for a reason. Get one and see for yourself how amazing squeezing a stress ball feels like.
Get a massage
Nothing beats coping with stress than getting a massage. I find myself craving for a massage every time I feel stressed out. It’s totally relaxing and once it’s finished, you’ll feel all refreshed and brand new. Seriously. Get. A. Massage.
Soak in a bathtub
Don’t you just love how relaxing bathtubs are? Once in a while, take a bath and have a “me” time. Pair your bath with aromatherapy candles or bath beads and I assure you, you’re gonna be in heaven! Pick lavender, jasmine or any scent that you like for a stress-reducing time in the bathroom.
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