Anyone else dealing with stress?!
It’s pretty easy for the weight of the world to add up and get you feeling just a little bit overwhelmed.
Now before you go ahead and say stress is natural and helps you get things done, remember that too much stress is harmful. Daily stress leads to massive implications like health problems, emotional strain, damaged relationships, and more. Over 70% of Americans regularly experience physical or psychological symptoms from stress. Yikes!
While some stress is good, many of us are clearly experiencing a little bit too much. So what can you do about it? Read on to learn more about some of our favorite stress-relieving techniques.
Exercise helps combat stress. That’s right, in addition to all of its other health benefits, it helps relieve stress by managing hormones, improving sleep, and resetting your mind. To see the best effects of exercise, you have to do it regularly. That doesn’t mean you’re confined to the gym. You can find any activity that you enjoy that gets your body moving and your heart pumping. Some fun examples are: go for a walk, do some stretches, or have a dance party!
Put Down the Coffee
Caffeine worsens anxiety in high amounts, and every person has a different tolerance level. A cup of coffee a day is actually healthy (if you don’t load it with creamer and sugar…) but too much can make you jittery and feel more stressed.
When tasks, concerns, and feelings are all jumbled up in your brain it definitely enhances your stress. All of those mixed up thoughts can keep you up at night and really put a damper on your attempts to sleep. The solution? Write. It.down. Make lists of what you need to do the next day before bed, write down things you are grateful for, go on a rant. Just let it out!
Set the Mood
Unwinding is usually a no-go for stressed-out people. Take extra care to set a mood of relaxation. Dim the lights, light a candle, turn on some soft instrumentals. Set an aura of calm and relaxed to help soothe your mind. To do this you can also:
- Take a warm bath.
- Get a massage
- Do a yoga class or video
- Meditate/focus on slowing your breathing and heart rate
- Fill your space with calming items
Newsflash, trying to do everything yourself leads to a whole lot of stress. My mom is a prime example of a classic over the top DIYer. Car breaks? She wants to fix it herself (with no experience or the proper tools). The backyard needs a ton of work. Hire someone? Absolutely not! Yeah, if something needs to be done she wants to save money and do it herself. The end result? Barely anything gets done and she’s under a ton of stress.
Stop saying yes to everything and trying to do it all yourself. Learn which projects to let go of and outsource so that you can keep your peace of mind.
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