Stress is an affliction that people of all ages can encounter. Whether this stress stems from a recent trauma, everyday workplace pressure, family issues, or some other source depends on the individual. Below is a set of seven tips that will help you in your quest to deal with stress.
1. Proper Rest
This may seem like common sense, yet receiving proper and adequate rest, taken up at a regularly scheduled time, will work wonders in helping you feel more refreshed and less drained during your everyday routine. Stress is taxing enough as it is, so to experience your stressors compounded with inadequate sleep can be devastating.
Mayo Clinic promotes several tips regarding sleep, including sticking to a schedule, paying attention to what you eat and drink (more on this in a moment), getting comfortable, and creating a bedtime ritual. This is a nice segue to the next tip.
2. Develop a relaxation routine
Guided relaxation videos, like the one above, can be found freely on YouTube. Again, the process of relaxation is highly individual, and you will have your own preferences, yet deep breathing exercises, daily meditation, yoga, light exercise, or even a walk in the fresh air can help you to clear your mind of the past day’s stress.
As long as whatever you choose to do comes regularly and provides the comfort of familiarity, a method of releasing stress and unwinding that works for you, you’re set.
Essential oils have been used for eons to promote certain states of mind. Lavender, sage, and rosemary oils have been purported to assist with relaxation. You can find several diffusers online, and you should experiment with different types of oils to see which aromas you most like and which effects are most desirable at various points during the day.
4. Eat a well-rounded diet as close to what nature intended as possible
The scientific and medical community has advocated for certain foods that assist in decreasing the effects of stress. For example salmon, hibiscus and pistachios are just a few blood pressure-lowering foods that Berkeley Wellness recommends.
5. Know your support system
Having people you know you can talk to about your personal life is very important in dealing with stress. Whether this person is a therapist, close friend, or family member, or even a co-worker going through similar experiences, having an outlet for what you are going through can prove to be immensely helpful in feeling the weight lift, with the added benefit of realizing you are not the only one dealing with stress.
Often times, it is when we bottle up the sources of our stress that we afflict ourselves with the most damage and even more stress. When all you have are your subjective thoughts and repeating worries, the stress that you have felt is only amplified. Finding that close circle who will be receptive and empathetic is of the utmost importance.
6. Keep a To-Do List
Many advocates using a to-do list or planner, especially one on paper that gives you the satisfaction of crossing off completed items. It is best to list what you need to tackle by priority.
Smartphone apps like Clear provide an excellent digital alternative to the paper method, with entertaining color schemes and sounds that add a sense of accomplishment to your personal productivity and the reward of knocking out your sources of stress one by one.
7. Take a vacation
If you’re hearing this suggestion for the first time, there may be a problem. To have the pressure of stress in your life with no release valve can be exhausting. A trip to somewhere new and exciting, or even warm and familiar like the comfort of a family visit, just taking the time to have experiences that allow you to temporarily detach from your routine, reset, and recharge your batteries can keep you balanced.
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