We all deal with stress. There’s good stress and then there’s bad stress. It’s important to understand the difference and know how to deal with the different types of stresses. Good stress is healthy. It kicks in and gives you a sense of focus and tests your motivation and willingness to rise to the occasion. In times of emergencies, good stress can help you think on the spot and get out of a possibly dangerous situation. Then there are bad stressors which are harmful to you physically, mentally and emotionally. No matter what kind of stress, it’s important to know how to deal and manage with stress so that you can live a happy, healthy and balanced life.
Identify your stress triggers
In order to be able to manage your stress levels, you need to be able to recognise the triggers to your stressful reactions. What makes you stress and how do you deal with those triggers? Do you get stressed because of an exam coming up? Do you deal with that step by being proactive and creating a study schedule or do you go hang out with friends and procrastinate? Understanding how stress manifests and what those triggers are will be able to help you deal with stress in any situation.
The last thing you might feel like when you are on deadline is exercise, but exercising is important to help combat stressful situations. When you work out, your body releases endorphins which make you feel better. No matter your fitness level, get into a routine of working out before work. This way you’ll start your day with a better mindset and still have the entire day open to do all the things on your “to do” list.
Find time to do nothing
This might sound impossible, but doing absolutely nothing for a few minutes a day will help counteract stress. Meditation is key in releasing stress and allowing you to be calm and collected throughout the day. Find fifteen minutes before or after work to sit somewhere with your eyes closed. Try and think of absolutely nothing but the current moment you’re in. If you get into a routine of meditation and find it useful in releasing stress, join a local meditation group. It’s always great to do things we enjoy with like minded people.
Watch what you eat
Giving your body what it needs is an important step in relieving stress and stress contributors. You need to give your body the energy it needs to tackle the tasks at hand. Avoid takeouts and foods high in sugar as these will only make you feel more tired and fatigue. Instead, try stick to a well-balanced diet which suits your needs. Don’t be afraid to seek professional help from a nutritionist if you’re not sure what to eat, what portion size works for you and where to buy your food items.
Get enough sleep
Are you getting enough rest at night? If not, you could find yourself being more prone to stress. Focus on getting to bed at the same time each night so that your body and mind starts to get into a routine. When you’re well rested, you can deal with stressful situations more easily. If you find that you stress while trying to sleep, it’s a good idea to meditate just before bedtime. This way you will teach yourself to let go and be at peace with your surroundings before bedtime. Try and alleviate any stress such as noise or an uncomfortable pillow and focus on having a good night’s sleep.
Resting doesn’t necessarily mean excessive sleep or slopping around the house wearing the same clothes for five full days. However, rest means taking well-deserved time off to just relax. Whether it’s school holidays or a few days booked off of work, relaxing the body, mind and soul is an important step in relieving stress. Take the time out to go on a weekend away with your loved ones or book a solo trip at a luxury self catering accommodation unit. Don’t be afraid to go on a long beach walk and just think about things. It’s good to be alone. Taking a vacation is really good for you. Being on the road and going somewhere new where you aren’t faced with the stress triggers can help you wind down, breathe and take it all in.