Stress: We all deal with it, yet we know how much better off we’d be — both physically and mentally — if we could only get it under control and find stress relievers that work.
While stress can be a positive, motivating factor at times (such as when you’re under pressure to perform well at work or to ace an important exam), more and more research shows that chronic stress impacts the body in ways similar to a poor diet, lack of sleep or sedentary lifestyle.
The good news is that you can take action concerning stress. You can learn to move through it rather than allowing it to stop you.
So, what are the best stress relievers and how can we ensure we don’t allow stress to control our lives?
Here are some ways to de-stress yourself:
Identify Your Stress Triggers
Recognizing the triggers is an important first step in managing your stress. Understanding the things that stress you out—and in what ways—is particularly helpful in solving the underlying problems.
Get Some Exercise
Moving your body is important to combat stressful reactions, and prevent them from arising in the future. No matter what your fitness level may be, the central key is to move your body every day. Identifying the type or types of exercise that you most enjoy—and those best suited to your mind-body type—will be key to developing a regular exercise routine.
Get Some Sleep!
Are you getting enough Zzzz’s? Restful sleep is an essential key to staying healthy and strong. When you’re well-rested, you can approach stressful situations more calmly. The key is making sure you’re not only getting enough sleep but that the quality of sleep you’re getting is restful and restorative.
Get out of town
Taking annual vacations is good for your health! Whether you have the time and money to head out on a European tour, or can afford a long weekend that’s close to home, yet away from the grind, planning a break is an excellent tool for reducing stress. Plus, it gives you something to look forward to.
Practice Gratitude Practice
Gratitude is a powerful force that you can use to expand your happiness, improve your health, and—you guessed it—cope with stress. Many scientific studies have found that people who consciously focus on gratitude, experience greater emotional wellbeing and physical health than those who don’t.
Create Cushions in Your Calendar
Creating cushions in your schedule is a good tactic to reduce your risk for stress. Leave yourself enough time between getting from point A to point B—to help diffuse potential stressors that may arise that are out of your control. For example, if you know that you have to be on time to your 9 a.m. meeting and it takes you 20 minutes to get to work, leave yourself 30 so you don’t have to rush or get stressed out if you hit traffic.
Remember, it’s normal to experience stress from time to time.
If you want to put your stress in check and unwind this weekend, follow one of these six simple tips! You’ll be on your way to reclaiming your life from stress in no time!
What are some of the ways you de-stress?
Share your favorite self-care tips in the comment section below! We can’t wait to hear from you!