We all get stressed, unfortunately it is often unavoidable as adults. But what is stress exactly? Stress is really the mental and or emotional strain that is placed on us by demanding or difficult situations whether internal or external. One of the biggest problems with stress is that it is truly detrimental to your mind and body. In terms of you body stress has been linked to causing chest pains, headaches, high blood pressure, and so much more. So to help you learn how to handle stress better, I want to give you some stress reduction and management tips and tricks I have learned that can truly make your life so much easier, and your stress level so much lower.
Just say no
Say no more often. It is simple. Say no to things more often, especially if they don’t feel aligned with who you are and the things that you want.
Plan things out
Plan out the things you have to get done, and you will be less likely to get stressed and overwhelmed by those tasks.
Remove yourself from stressful situations
Now I understand this isn’t always possible, but when it is try removing yourself from the situations that are triggering you and causing stressful emotions.
Recognize your feelings
Don’t ignore your feelings, recognize them, honor them, and release them, especially if it is something that you have no control over.
Now I don’t know about you, but music has always been one of the most cathartic things for me. If you are like me, then I highly recommend you find yourself a few songs that really speak to you, and put them on blast the next time you are feeling stressed, and watch that stress melt away.
Affirmations are another great way to help manage and reduce stress because any kind of positive self talk is truly beneficial for a healthier mindset and life.
If you are someone that becomes stressed and perhaps anxious in specific then meditation may be a great technique for you to try. Simple give yourself a few minutes to sit somewhere quiet and let your mind relax and drift off.
You may think this one is weird, but trust me it works. There is something in the science of chewing gum and those muscle sourcing that helps to signal your brain to start calming down. That’s why they give kids gum before they take test.
Talk to someone
Now this one may not be for everyone, but I highly recommend if your stress level is truly too high, and causing you anxiety or really negatively impacting your life that you talk to someone. Even just a friend who you can rant to can be so beneficial.
Exercise is another great way to help reduce stress because when you exercise your brain reduces endorphins in the brain which helps to boost your mood, thus reducing your overall stress level.
Not unlike meditation, visualization can be a great way to help manage and reduce stress because it gives your brain an opportunity to see what you want to happen. For example if you are stressing about failing a test you can visualize passing, and truly start to mentally believe it.
Get enough sleep
This may not seem like something that has anything to do with stress, but trust me it does. Your body needs sleep to function, and the less sleep you get the more frazzled your body and mind become, leading to more stress. So tuck yourself in and get some sleep.
Stress is hard to handle, that is a definite, but I would love to know if you try any of these tips and tricks, or what your stress reduction and management tips are. Let’s help each other out, so the next time one of us gets stressed we have the tools and capabilities to handle it seamlessly.