Stress is a part of modern life that affects everyone from children through senior citizens. Work, relationships, the pace of day to day life and even health problems can cause mental and physical stress. Often aches, pains, headaches and digestive issues are worsened by stress. I suffer from a severe anxiety disorder, and have found some ways to help manage my stress to keep my condition under control. Here are five of the techniques I use to help me cope and stay healthy
5.Talk it Out
For me, talking about problems can help reduce their effect on me mentally. I like to talk to a good friend or even my mother when I’m having a rough time. Sometimes an outside perspective can help you get a better feel for a problem, or just help you feel calm. If you don’t have anyone you can talk to about your stresses, check out BlahTherapy. There you can talk to other people in a judgment free zone about your problems, or even listen to other’s problems. You can even pay $25 to talk to a licensed therapist and there’s no obligation to keep using the service.
Yoga for me has been a great stress reducer. Many people, myself included, find the steady movements and stretches to relax stressed out muscles. It also gives me time to focus on things other than my problems. For times I can’t quiet my mind, yoga gives me space to think about my problems while getting my body in a relaxed state. It can be challenging sometimes to turn off the outside world, but it greatly helps when you can. Try learning basic yoga on YouTube or attending a course at a local gym to learn the basics, then practice at home when you have free time.
3.Eat a Good Meal
Eating a good, healthy meal can help you reduce your stress. I know when I’m stressed, I want to eat burgers and fries, not veggies and lean meat. Forcing yourself to eat a nutritious yet filling meal can help your digestive system stay calm even when you’re feeling stressed. Junk food is already hard for your body to process and can just end up making you feel worse. Try lean meat, veggies, nuts or even a protein shake to help calm you down.
2. Keep a Journal
Journaling can be anything from writing your day to day life down to writing out your goals and how to achieve them. Taking a few minutes to write your thoughts or what is getting you stressed out can help you see your problems more clearly. I keep a journal with me at all times that I can jot ideas down in, or that I can draw in when I feel stressed. At night when I can’t sleep due to stress, I take it out and write until I feel calm. It may seem silly, but keeping a journal really can help you organize your brain.
1.Participate in Your Hobbies
One thing most of us forget about when we are stressed, especially about work, is doing things we love to do. Avoiding your favorite activities because you’re stressed doesn’t give you time to recharge your batteries. My favorite things to do are crafts and painting, so when I’m feeling overwhelmed, sometimes I take a break and paint for awhile. If you like to read, play sports or watch movies, take a little break from what’s stressing you out to indulge. Even just an hour of relaxation can help reset your mind and help you tackle problems.
Stress isn’t going anywhere any time soon, but with some strategies, you can work through it. If you are finding stress to be too overwhelming, face to face therapy can be a great tool to help you set personal goals and learn why you get stressed. By putting yourself and your health first, you can come out of any stressful situation better and more prepared for anything that comes at you.