Today I want to talk about something that affects each and every one of us and that is STRESS!
Now don’t get me wrong – a little bit of stress can be a good thing. It helps us to perform better and stay alert to the task in hand.
However, there have been times in my life where stress and anxiety have taken over to the extent that even THINKING about how stressed I feel, makes me even more stressed. It’s a nasty lil’ vicious cycle and one that can be pretty hard to crack.
With this in mind, I wanted to write a post about the little things I do to tackle stress and anxiety.
- Make Sure You Exercise
Whenever you’re stressed, your body releases large amounts of adrenaline and cortisol. These are known as “fight or flight” hormones and are designed to protect us from harm. Unfortunately, in today’s world, a fight or flight reaction is very rarely needed, which is why exercise is so important. Hitting the gym, even for a short workout, can metabolise these hormones and bring your body back into a calm and relaxed state.
- Try To Sleep Better
Lack of sleep and poor sleep can cause your body a lot of stress. Ironically, stress can also disrupt your sleep, so you’re left in an unfortunate and anxious cycle. That being said, there are a few things you can do to help yourself sleep better and for longer, including indulging in regular exercise and avoiding caffeine throughout the evening. You should also follow a regular bedtime routine so that your mind and body know when you should be going to sleep each night.
- Identify Your Stress Triggers
More often than not, your stress will have a direct cause, so it’s important that you identify this cause and do what you can to combat it. If getting to work and not knowing what you have on, for example, is a cause of stress then get a planning app (I SWEAR by Trello) and go through and organise your dausSWER. Of course, not every stress will be easy to deal with, but there is always something you can do, so take control and come up with a solution.
- Do Things You Enjoy
Stress is incredibly exhausting and can make you utterly miserable, to the point where you might not want to do anything at all. To fight this, you should think of a few things you really enjoy doing and go out and do them. You might not feel like it right now, but when you’re there enjoying yourself, you’ll feel completely differently. You should also consider taking up relaxing hobbies, like drawing and playing music.
- Ask Someone For Help
Unfortunately, there might be times when your stress gets too overwhelming to bear alone. If this ever happens to you, it’s vital that you go and talk to someone and get some help. Friends and family can provide comfort, offer useful suggestions, and help put your problems into perspective, but you may also want to talk to a professional. They are incredibly helpful and can advise other ways to manage and combat your stress.
I hope this post has been helpful and given you some tips you may not have thought of when it comes to leading a stress-free life!
As always, thanks for reading.