Stress is something we all deal with at some point, whether it be work-related stress or from something else entirely. I have not always been great at dealing with my stress, and have handled it really poorly at times. Dealing with stress in a healthy way makes a big difference in alleviating that stress. Here are some healthy ways you can deal with stress!
Know Your Triggers
A big part of dealing with stress is knowing what it is exactly that is stressing you out. As someone who has dealt with my fair share of stress and anxiety, I’ve definitely learned what my triggers are and do what I can to avoid those. Knowing your stress triggers will also make it much easier to deal with your stress later on.
Take a Break
If there’s something that is stressing you out that you can take a break from, do that. Earlier this year I was super busy at work and was starting to become really overwhelmed by the added stress of blogging, so I just stopped blogging for a couple of months. It’s wasn’t exactly ideal, but I had zero guilt about it because it made such a huge difference in my stress levels. Obviously, there are some things like family and jobs that we can’t take a break from, but we can work on adapting or eliminating the filler activities.
As much as some of us would prefer not to admit it, physical activity is definitely good for stress relief. Usually when I’m most stressed is also when I least feel like working out. But putting on my music and going for a half hour run is a great way to release some of that negative energy and pent up frustration.
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Get Enough Sleep
When I’m stressed, I tend to have trouble sleeping. And when I don’t get enough sleep, I tend to get more stressed and handle that stress much worse. It’s a bit of a vicious cycle. I’m guessing I’m not alone here either. You’re simply not going to be best equipped to handle stress when you’re exhausted. If life has been stressing you out, focus on getting to sleep earlier at night. If you’re like me and struggle to fall asleep when you’re stressed, spend your evening focusing on calming activities and avoid too much screen time or any caffeine.
Find Relaxation Techniques That Work For You
Everyone finds relaxation in different ways, so this tip is really about getting to know yourself better and figuring out what relieves your stress. For some, it might be yoga or meditation. For some, it might be loud music. For others, it might be reading or spending time outside. I know that when I’m stressed, blaring my music or sitting out on the deck with a book are both sure to help.
Reach Out to Friends
I’m someone who tends to internalize stress and let it eat at me, but that’s definitely not the best way to handle it. When I’m feeling stressed, being around friends is always sure to make me feel better. Sometimes that means venting and talking out my stress, and other times it just means doing something fun to take my mind off of whatever is stressing me out.
Prioritize Time Management and Routines
If a busy schedule and having too much on your plate is what is stressing you out, then it’s super important to learn to manage your time and create routines to make your busy schedule more bearable. Feeling disorganized and like I don’t have a firm handle on my time and my to-do list is a huge stressor for me, so I’m even more careful to make sure I’m managing my time well and relying on established routines to do so.
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