Finding ways of reducing stress in our lives is essential in looking after our mental health and happiness.
Life is stressful and there are always going to be situations as we go through life which keep us up at night.
Life is full of ups and downs, which is actually a great thing as it helps us learn to appreciate all the positives in life.
But managing your emotions and health when you are going through a challenging period is essential. So I have put together a list of ways that I like to reduce stress when I hit a rough patch.
7 Simple Ways To Reduce Stress
REMOVE YOURSELF FROM NEGATIVE PEOPLE
Negative people burden you with their own issues and you end up carrying around not only your own troubles, but those of other people too.
People who want to gossip about others, talk about all the awful things going on in the world and weigh you down with their work, relationships and money troubles are sucking you dry of energy and are going to seriously increase your feelings of stress and overwhelment.
Chances are that there isn’t anything you can do to help their situation anyway, so take yourself away for as long as you need to get your own matters in order, and then if you still think that you would like to be their for a friend, then perhaps you can get back involved.
DON’T TAKE ON EVERYTHING AT ONCE
Taking on too many things all at once will just lead to you completing everything at a sub-standard level, or not completing it at all.
There is only a certain amount of energy that each of us can output every day – so there is no point in taking on loads of things at once, as your body and mind simply don’t have the capacity to do it all, and when you end up failing, you will feel defeated and frustrated.
Pace yourself, and focus on one thing at a time. Once you have completed that, move onto the next – it’s really as simple as that.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Running on little sleep is the surest way to burn yourself out, cause you more stress and possibly even make you seriously unwell.
Lack of sleep results in poor judgement, reduced concentration and irritability. Add all those factors to you already feeling tired and sluggish, and you’re likely to make very poor decisions in life which will likely lead to even more stress than you had before.
Make sure you’re getting at least seven hours a night in a dark, quiet room with a comfortable mattress.
Eat your greens, drink your water and cut back on the junk food.
When we feed our bodies with the proper vitamins and nutrients that we need, we’re able to focus much better and we have a lot more energy.
Increased energy and concentration is going to help your problem solving mind work to its fullest potential, and you’ll be able to come up with solutions to resolve any stressful situations which might be burdening you.
DO SOMETHING JUST FOR YOU
Nothing sets me in the right frame of mind other than taking some me time.
Whether I sit to read my book, take a long bubble bath, go to a yoga class or just sit and watch a few episodes of my favourite show back to back, its so relaxing to do something just for me.
Indulging in a bit of self care from time to time will lift your spirits and take your mind away from whatever it is that’s stressing you out.
After you’ve taken some time to yourself, you’ll be able to go back to whatever it is that you need to sort out with a clear and level head and you’re much more likely to resolve the issue efficiently.
LEARN TO SAY NO
Saying “no” is a skill that is extremely undervalued but is essential to leading a happy and healthy life. Its okay to say no to invitations and events if your schedule or budget doesn’t have space, or even if you simply don’t feel like going.
It’s also your right to say no if a friend or family member asks you to do something for them that you don’t feel comfortable with, or that you don’t have time for. Many of us are in the habit of doing things out of obligation, even if it doesn’t serve our financial or mental well being.
So get into the habit of putting yourself first, and if you want to say “no”, then save yourself unnecessary stress and say “no”.
Last but not least, if nothing else so far has helped you reduce your stress, then try and get some exercise!
Whether its going for a swim, running on the treadmill or just taking the dog out for a walk, moving around will get you out of your slump and clear your mind.
Exercise releases endorphins which will lift your mood, so when you return from your workout to your everyday activities, you will have a much calmer mind and will be able to deal with things much more rationally.
To Finish Off…
I hope that you enjoyed this post and will be able to use some of these tips to de-stress when you need to.
Let me know in the comments below your favourite way to de-stress and I hope to see you back here soon for more lifestyle blog posts!