Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Ways to Handle Stress in Everyday Life


Today I am going to share with you, some of the ways you can handle and reduce your stress levels in your everyday life. Click the 'read more' to keep on reading!

Health


Eat well.  I think it’s easy when we’re stressed and short on time to start eating poorly. Either we start eating things that are high in sugar and fat and on hand and probably not the best for us  or we don’t have time to eat and end up not nourishing ourselves properly. Either way, ending up in this situation is avoidable. Keep healthy food near you as much as possible. Of course you can treat yourself, but watch your overall intake of junk food and perhaps prepare healthy and nutritious meals in advance that you can just heat up in the microwave when you don't have time to cook from scratch. Also hydration is important, so drink a glass of water. or ten. When we are busy, it’s so easy to forget to do basic things, like stay hydrated, but trust me, dehydration is no fun at all. Also don’t go too heavy on the caffeine.  I love my coffee, no doubt about it, but be careful about going overboard. Another important thing to remember is to go outside and get some exercise. Take a walk around the block!  Dance around! Just get that body moving, because it will help relieve some of that stress, increase your energy, and get your mind on other things for a bit! Get fresh air and sunshine. It really helps give you a boost of energy and helps to relax you!

Manage your Time 


Learn to say no. We hear this all the time, but seriously, it’s okay to say no.  It’s okay to take time for yourself, and it’s okay to turn people down if you are too busy and need to get things done. If you can, try to work in bursts- sitting at your desk staring at a blank screen for hours is not a productive use of time! If you’re feeling super stressed, try focusing on your work for 30 to 45 minutes, then take a 15 to 30 minute break.  But remember that during your study time, there is no social media, no texting, no technology, nothing (unless you need it for work then of course use it!) Give your undivided attention to the task you are focusing on.  During your free time, do whatever you like, but while you’re working, don’t allow distractions in. Earn your break, by really working hard, it will feel a lot more rewarding when you then have a break. Don't forget to also take time for yourself and don’t feel guilty for doing the things you love doing. If you love playing video games, give yourself time to enjoy video games. If you love baking, give yourself time to bake.  Even though it may sometimes feels like a waste of time, it’s really not; the relaxation time you have makes you even more productive when it’s time to work again!

Relationships


Don’t interact with those who stress you out. Sometimes it is unavoidable, but more often than not there are ways in which you can limit your time spent around worry warts and those who bring you down with their negative vibes. As we all know, negativity breeds negativity. Don’t get sucked into that vicious cycle, separate yourself from that toxic energy. Give yourself time with those you love and give yourself permission to enjoy their company without stressing about other aspects of your life. Don’t take your stress out on others.  I know it’s easy to explode at others when we’re stressed, but I promise they’re not trying to stress you out more. Most of the time people around you will be wanting and trying to help, so getting angry at them probably won’t solve anything. Surround yourself with positive energy and people who will listen and be there for you. 

Just Let Go


There are many things that are simply out of your control- try to accept that. Instead of stressing yourself out about the things in life that you cannot control, let those things go and focus on what you can do. Let go of the things that are stressing you out when you walk through the door after a busy day at work/school/uni. If work is stressing you out, let that stress go when you get back home. If homework is stressing you out, let that go when you start to do other activities. Don’t let the stress follow you around your whole day, leave it behind at the office/classroom/library. Remember to confide in others, realise that it’s okay to talk to others and get things off your chest! They may not be able to help, but just saying things out loud can be a huge weight off your shoulders. Identify what stresses you out. This is an important point, and sounds simple, but we often ignore it. We often feel stress, but never pinpoint what’s really stressing us out. If you can pinpoint what it is, then you can work towards conquering it, rather than letting that feeling of stress wash over you and linger- no one wants that!

I hope this post helped or motivated or inspired you in some way to make some changes (however small) towards feeling less stressed.

- Olivia Charlotte Alice
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