stressYou are late to work, finances are tough and one of your kids are at home sick. These are just a few examples of ways that your day can turn stressful quick. Stressors are everywhere and avoiding stress is difficult if not impossible to do. The key to living a stress free life is to learn methods to cope with stress in healthy and productive ways.
Stress can manifest itself in a wide variety of ways. Headaches, body aches, fatigue, hastened heart beat, skin irritation and acne are some of the most common symptoms of stress. Every person experiences stress a little differently, just as every person learns ways to cope with their stress in slightly different ways. However, sometimes the way that we teach ourselves to cope with stress isn’t the healthiest of methods. The good news is that teaching yourself how to manage stress better is just as easy as starting a new habit. Here are 20 examples of healthy ways that you can manage stress.
Before you take on too much or grow overwhelmed with all of life’s little chores, take a few minutes for yourself and prioritize everything that is going on. Then, start removing items from the bottom of your list. Remember, “you” time should be at the top of your priority list, right next to your family and friends.
Start keeping a journal of your thoughts, stressors and dreams. The process of writing to yourself daily is often very helpful in managing stress. Also, journaling during stressful moments can help provide you with perspective to see you thought a difficult time.
Laughter is one of life’s best stress remedies. Find something worth laughing at every day. Laugh at yourself, laugh with others, laugh at happy memories. If you don’t have something personal to laugh about then put on a comedy or read a funny book. The laughter is worth it for your mind and heart.
Engaging in just 20 minutes of cardiovascular activity every day has proven benefits for the heart and mind. Exercising daily can reduce your daily stress level and making coping with stressful moments easier.
Take some time every day to disconnect from technology and be by yourself. While a great source of entertainment, technology can be stressful. Turn off the news before you go to bed so you aren’t in a negative place before going to sleep. Even social media websites are known to cause stress and are often better off avoided.
At least once a week, pencil yourself in on your calendar. You need time to do things you enjoy to help manage the stresses of life. You don’t need to do anything expensive. Just scheduling a half hour block a few times a week to have a cup of tea and read a book is a healthy activity for stress management.
There is a reason dogs are called man’s (and woman’s) best friend. They are playful, they live in the moment and they are full of love. However, you don’t need to rely on a dog. Cats and all sorts of other critters are great for managing stress. Spend some time with your beloved pet to calm down from difficult times.
In the heat of a stressful moment it isn’t always possible to schedule time for yourself or walk the dog. That is where deep breathing activities come in handy. Take a long deep breath, counting to three as you inhale and to three again as you exhale. Reset your mind by focusing on your breath for 30 full seconds.
Yoga is a great form of exercise for stress management. You can learn yoga by going to a studio and taking yoga classes, or by watching yoga videos online. Even learning just a few poses can help you with your daily stress management routine.