Stress is always a part of daily life. There are many ways to relieve stress. It just depends on how you think and choose to react on stressful situations.
Stress Management Suggestions
First of all, identify the aggravating factors of stress. You may start writing a journal about it and enumerating your regular sources of stress, may it be from work, school or at home. Making a daily record of things that make you feel anxious will eventually help you figure out possible solutions. If you find it hard to deal with the stressor, think of ways on how to adapt to it instead.
You can alter the stressful situation if it’s constantly on your way. Try to compromise with the person or the event of stress. Accept the fact that you cannot control everything and you cannot please everyone. If a person makes you feel angry or anxious, attempt to talk to him and perhaps both of you can make an agreement that will benefit both parties. Learn to forgive and move forward. Do not try to persuade people to do what you want, learn how to give and take.
Express your feelings in a calm and decent manner. Avoid saving feelings of resentment to yourself. Do not be afraid to ask for assistance if you know you need it. Adjust your standards and learn when to deny things you can’t handle. Try to change the way you think. Keep optimism into your thoughts and try to see the light in every struggling situation.
Keep yourself healthy by eating a nutritious diet, drinking lots of water and having regular comfortable sleep. A healthy lifestyle also improves emotional well-being and getting enough rest relaxes the mind and makes you think more efficiently and wisely. Reduce consumption of caffeine and sugar to avoid agitation and insomnia.
Avoid unhealthy ways of coping with stress such as venturing into vices like smoking, drinking, taking illicit drugs, sleeping pills, social withdrawal and etc. If you know that your way of coping is bad for your health or social well-being, then make an effort to put a stop to it. Remember that bad habits only make things worse and it’s not the best way to cope.
Physical activity can be a great diversion for anger and stress and also can help you be happy. Doing a regular exercise routine, engaging into sports or activities that involve physical movements such as dancing, aerobics, or yoga and meditation can help you release negative vibes and make you relax. Keeping your muscles active and producing enough sweat everyday increases the release of your happy hormones called endorphins. Endorphins promote a state of euphoria, making you feel better and calmer. Maximum benefits of exercise can be achieved if done at least 30 minutes or more per day.
It is also possible to ease your emotional problems by letting them out verbally through social involvement with friends, family or a significant other. Always make time to go out and meet up with friends or even meet new people. Going out every once in a while prevents loneliness and can make you think less of the bad stuff and appreciate the good things more.
Effective stress management is possible if you have a healthy mind and body. Recognize your sources of stress and identify ways on how to cope with them. Avoid worsening the situation by starting bad vices. Instead, take care of yourself and change the way you think. Learn to adapt and live more gracefully.Read More