We all live with stress each day. But how do you respond to it daily? For some individuals, stressors in life cause them to become short-tempered, irritable, or unable to put attention to tasks. Others have intermittent sleep (trouble sleeping or getting up early in the morning with competing thoughts).
Then there are some people who respond by eating junk food — and many other things! The good news: No matter how tough your routine is, it is possible to control stress and keep it away from disturbing your life.
Tips for Managing Stress
Try these 6 tips to de-stress, unwind, and get back to the normal emotional state of your life:
Identify the causes of stress.
Try to find out what’s causing symptoms of stress in you. Maybe you are overburdened (too many tasks and commitments) and feel irritable and fatigued. Once you recognize the causes of stress, try to reduce these as early as possible.
Talk it out.
Talk to a family member, friend, or therapist if you’re having a high-stress level. Expressing your feelings without others’ judgments is essential to good mental health.
Take time out.
Before reaching your breaking point, take some time for yourself (solitude). Take time to encourage yourself, away from the responsibilities and cares of the world. Find time for emotional healing and inner strength.
Never waver to say “no” to having commitments that you can’t carry alone. Particularly if you are harmonizing work and family, it’s essential to prioritize. Saying “no” can support you in stress management and give you more satisfaction and control in your life.
Breathing can alter your psychological state, making a stress level increase or diminish in concentration. Often, people who are upset or anxious take narrow breaths and unintentionally hold them. By focusing on your breathing pattern, especially exhaling during stressful moments, you will feel much more comfortable.
Use smooth steady breathing when you are feeling stressed.
Exercise is believed to increase the discharge of endorphins, naturally secreted substances in the brain that encourage feelings of peacefulness. Many pieces of research show that exercise, along with the increased endorphin levels, really boosts confidence and self-esteem and lessens tension. Exercise also acts as a movement defense machine for those who are under stress.
What is this? If you’ve had to walk for some miles, you’d know how difficult it is to reflect on your problems if your mind is dedicated to walking.
When Should I Look for Help?
When stress disturbs your life, causing problems in sleep or making you feel stressed and irritable; go to your family doctor or primary health care professional. They can recommend an expert therapist who can offer assistance and give you some useful tips on how to manage stress without permitting it to take control over your life.Learn More