Stress seems to be an accepted part of life these days, although there are definitely certain times when we feel it more. The list of common triggers is long, but some of the biggies you might experience include:
- Moving to a new home
- Financial issues
- A heavy workload
- Ending a relationship
- Emotional issues like depression, anxiety, grief or low self-esteem
- Safety and security issues
Some of these you can do something about, in which case figure out what action you can take and then do it. Some of the others though we just have to work through or live with. In cases like these, managing our stress becomes critical to our health and well-being. Here are some ideas that might help:
Find a way to blow off steam
Choose something physical that allows you to work off the adrenal overload that often comes from stress. Scheduling a regular time for exercise of some kind works well, whether that’s a walk in the park, a stint at the gym or a team game.
Take time out to play
Try to include fun and/or creative activities at regular intervals in your day/week. Pick something that doesn’t require you to think too much and preferably engages your right brain. It could be practicing a hobby, playing with a pet or taking a few minutes to do some laughter yoga. It may seem like you can’t spare the time, but the system reset that happens when you shift gears for a while boosts productivity and makes it well worth the break.
Connect with others
There’s a good reason why they say a problem shared is a problem halved. Simply being able to voice your concerns to supportive friends or family, or even sharing them online, may be enough to ease the pressure and make you feel less alone. Plus you may even get some good advice on dealing with what’s going on into the bargain.
Try out a few of these ideas to find the combination that works best for you, then be sure to apply it whenever you feel the stress building up!
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