Anyone out there ever deal stress? I know I do! So, I have some tips to share on dealing with stress. This past week I went to a workshop on ways to relieve stress. It was a great workshop and the instructor had lots of advice on how to deal with stress. I walked away with new tips and strategies that I didn’t know before. Today I want to share those with all of you because I think everyone can use some help with stress!
At the start of the class, the instructor asked us to think about our most recent stressful situation and think about how we handled it. We were supposed to keep this in our mind as we went over ways to deal with it. I liked this exercise because it opened my eyes. My most recent stress had been handled with anger, so I went through the rest of the course looking for other ways to deal with stress besides anger. We used our recent stress to complete all of the stress reliever exercises throughout the rest of the class.
Journaling: The first recommendation was to have a stress journal. You use it when you are feeling stressed. You record the date, time, the situation, and your feelings. It’s also a good idea to write down how you reacted or handled it. Was it out of anger? Did you cry? You also need to write down if you had any physical ailments such as upset stomach, headache, fatigue, or even hives. After you journal for a couple of weeks you can analyze it and see if there is a pattern as to how you handle situations or if stress is a trigger to a physical condition. This will help you to process your emotions and to see if there is an underlying stressor involved.
Exercise and Yoga: This is a big stress reliever, and it’s my favorite! Exercise releases endorphin’s, and endorphin’s make us happy! If you are dealing with stress, try to go for a walk, run, or a session at the gym. You will be amazed at the difference it makes. Yoga is also a great way to relieve stress, and there are tons of poses you can do in your chair at your desk if you need to relax. This wasn’t a new tip for me, but it is worth sharing. Sometimes all you need is a short walk to clear your mind and that can be done in an office or at home.
Breathe: We’ve all heard, “take a deep breath”. But honestly this doesn’t always work. Try this breathing method: breathe in deeply for 4 seconds, hold for 7 seconds. Repeat this as many times as you need to calm down. This is a great way to help you relax. And I will say that this works much better than taking a deep breath or counting to 10. I actually use this when I’m having a hard time going to sleep.
Talk to a friend: Sometimes it helps to get things off your chest. Find a friend to vent to and talk through your stress. Being social and laughing will instantly make your mood better too. Or, just hanging out with someone and forgetting about what’s bothering you will help you too. Go out and do something fun with friends or family.
Find a distraction: This could be watching a movie, reading a book, baking, or listening to music. Find something that will take your mind off of your problem at least for a little while. We all need a break every now and then. It won’t solve your problem, but it will help you to come back to it with a clear mind. Do something that you enjoy to distract yourself.
Stress can cause weight gain or loss, digestion issues, loss of sleep, and can be damaging to your overall health. We all need to make sure that we are taking care of ourselves. I hope that I gave you something today that you can use to help manage your stress.
How do you relieve stress?