There is is no way to totally avoid stress, however, you can learn some strategic ways to manage it better so it doesn't overtake your life. In the article below we discuss some methods that can help you control the stressors in your life a little better and lead to a happier, healthier you.
Did you know that 70% of adults say they experience stress or anxiety daily? With how busy we are and how much is going on in the world around us it is ok to feel that burden. In fact, it is normal. However, the most important thing you can do for your health (and your sanity) is to make sure that weight does not get out of hand.
There are simple things you can do every day to relieve your stress without having to go see a doctor or be on medication. (We do recommend seeing a specialist if the problem persists or gets worse.)
Below we have compiled a list with some explanations of some of our favorite self-care methods that you can easily do every day to help keep you calm, cool, and collected no matter what life throws at you.
It is probably unsurprising that exercise would be our number one suggestion for relieving stress, but it is for good reason. First of all, it can be as easy as taking a walk around your work building, or as complex as taking a kick-boxing class. This is important because you can find what works for you based off of skill level, desire to learn, and amount of time you can devote to working out. The easier it is for you to find a good fit for your lifestyle the more likely you are to stick with it and reap the benefits which is half the battle.
The second reason we love exercise as a mode of stress relief is because of all the amazing things it does for you your body. For instance, it helps release endorphins (the feel-good chemical in your body) to help combat stress hormones such as cortisol. Regular exercise also helps regulate your sleep quality. The sounder you sleep, the less likely you are to be stressed over things you cannot control. Finally, exercise gives you confidence not only in how your body looks, but in your ability to overcome adverse situations.
Scent can be powerful when it comes to how we feel which is why aromatherapy is another popular way to relieve stress. Burning a candle or using essential oils is a great way to use sent to help calm your nerves. Just make sure you pick an essence that will have the right effect. Lavender, rose, and chamomile are all known for their soothing properties. Other great scents to consider to help you relax and take some stress off include orange, sandalwood, frankincense, and ylang ylang.
The company you keep can also play a role in how you deal with stress. Social support from family, friends or both can make a very big difference in your mood about the things life throws your way. When you have a good social group around you, it promotes a sense of belonging that can help get you through hard times as opposed to feeling like you are dealing with things alone. Be sure to spend time with the right people who will support you and keep things light and fun in even the worse of times.
This one may seem a little odd, but you owe it to yourself to say “no” from time to time. Realizing you cannot possibly do and be everything to everyone is a significant way you can eliminate some stress off your plate. If you find yourself with too much going on, try passing on something. It could be anything from a night out with friends, planning your sister’s baby shower, or taking on an extra project at work. Saying “no” and taking some time for yourself could ultimately be the best thing you do for yourself, even if there still is that little twinge of guilt in the moment.
Having a pet that you spend time with is one more great way to relieve some stress in your life. Not only can they be great companions (and listeners), but they also provide a sense of purpose because they need you as much as you need them. If you have a dog you are probably more prone to getting the exercise we talked about above from taking it on a walk. Some pets are excellent cuddlers which can help release oxytocin in your brain that is a chemical responsible for positive moods.
Stress is a natural part of life, but by taking time for yourself it becomes more manageable. Remember, the more you care for yourself, the more you can care for others.