Even though we live in the world of modern conveniences, stress still finds a way to crop up in our day to day lives. Whether we are trying to deal with a large family, our education, or even just our job, there is always something there to eat away at us. Stress is a mental taxation that slowly eats away at you. If you don’t find a way to reduce your stress, and general feelings of anxiety, your long term health will be at serious risk. Dealing with stress can lead to dealing with depression or even worse. So let’s look at nien great ways that you can beat stress.
Get into a workout routine.
Whether or not you love how your body looks, getting into a workout routine can go a long way toward fixing your stress. We know it sounds sort of funny. How does adding to your list of things to accomplish help you reduce your stress? To put it simply: working out makes you feel better. As you work out you release endorphins and these endorphins allow you to push away stress and just feel better about yourself. Besides, converse to what you may have heard, the gym is a great place to go in order to forget about your problems. A ‘side effect’ of a committed workout routine is that you will see your health improve dramatically. The better you feel about yourself, the less stress you will feel throughout the rest of your day.
Visit a counselor.
As hard as it can be to talk about yor problems, sometimes the best way to deal with them is by clearing the air via a counselor or online counselling company. There are many types of counselors that you can consult to help relieve stress. You can look for an online counselor that will work with you via the internet. Or you can skip online counseling in favor of the more traditional office approach. Either way, getting someone who can help diagnose where your stress originates can be a great way to start remedying the situation. This is particularly true if you fear that your stress is leading to other issues like depression. Treatment of depression can be hard when you don’t go to someone for help, so give that a shot here. Look to your friends for potential counseling references or perhaps go through a trusted medical professional. As hard as it is to admit, stress is a part of our body and should be treated as such. Don’t be afraid to get out everything that you need to say. Counseling is a safe place to vent your fears and what is upsetting you at work or in your personal life. These professionals will be able to help you out by listening and then summarily offering different ways to deal with the stress that you have.
Establish personal ‘free’ time.
The easiest way to stack up stress is to never let your mind or body have a moment to just relax. Finding a way to have half an hour or so to yourself can be a great way to sort of flush the stress out of you. For this tip all you need to do is promise yourself that you will block out prat of your day for private time. Spend it reading a book, grabbing lunch with a friend, or even meditating. Do whatever it is that you want to do during this time. Stress can build up when we think about how busy we are and how we’ll never have time to relax. So give yourself little ‘relaxation breaks’ during the day. They don’t have to be long. They could be a half hour, like we mentioned above, or just five minutes every hour. Walk to the water cooler. Stretch your legs. Check your email. Do something that offers you nothing but personal enjoyment. These breaks will become little islands that you can swim to when the rest of the workday becomes too much.
Identify your passion and pursue it.
We don’t mean that you should quit your job and move to Los Angeles to try and be an actor. Instead you should take some time to identify what itt is that you feel strongly about in relation to your hobbies and passions. Are you really into kayaking? What about sketching? Whatever activity, either mental or physical, that you choose will lead you to a more chilled out state of mind. When you have time to sit and small, enjoying the simple things, you won’t feel as pressed to stress as much the next time you feel it beginning to build. You won’t need an online degree in counseling to know that being happy leads to being less stressed. You will also find yourself more involved in new things. New hobbies bring about new people and sometimes a new relationship can be just what you need in order to start feeling better about yourself. You never know where your passions can lead.
Take time to laugh a little bit.
Laughter truly can be the right medicine to a stressed out mood, or so many counseling online websites will say. And it’s true. Laughing is a wonderful way to get that boulder off of your chest. Rent a favorite comedy or go out with a friend that always makes you laugh. At the very least put on an old episode of ‘Seinfeild’. The more you laugh, the more distracted you are from the problems that keep pulling you down. And this isn’t a problem, either. Those issues will be there when you are ready for them. You just don’t have to always be holding them with you.
Spend quality time with your pets.
Whether you have a dog or a bunch of cats, make sure to spend some time with them when you are feeling worn out. Your pets love you unconditionally and have nothing to ask from you other than your love and care. They don’t know what bills are, they won’t demand more of you than you can give, and they will give you a way to escape your worries if only for a little bit. Take your dogs out for a long walk. Try to teach your cat a new trick or two. Anything that gets you interacting with them instead of staring at your mountain of bills or your computer, waiting for something to irritate you.
Get up earlier in the morning.
Are you a late riser with an early morning job? That means you probably set your alarm clock as late as possible in order to get as much sleep crammed in as you can. This method leaves you scrambling for the door, skipping breakfast, and nearly running late! This is a common way that many people build stress into their lives without even realizing it. What you should do instead is simple. Set your alarm clock for half an hour early. Sacrifice the sleep so that you can have a slow paced, calm morning. Starting your day off without worrying about being late is one of the best ways to feel better about the rest of your afternoon. Stress lingers. But so does a great breakfast, some time spent with the paper, and a leisurely drive to work.
Create a list of your goals.
If you are a visual learner than perhaps writing out your goals can go a long way toward relieving your stress. Seeing everything that you need to accomplish laid out in front of you is a way to mentally trick yourself into calming down. Start at the top of your list and devote your energy into crossing it off before a certain amount of time has elapsed. We guarantee that every time you cross an item off of the list, you will feel a lot better. This also helps keep you organized so you know exactly what you need to do next. This way you are never scrambling or worried about having forgotten some part of your goals for the day.
Leave the office on your lunch break.
Stress isn’t just something that afflicts us emotionally. Stress almost seems like a physical manifestation in certain places of our lives: the car, the office, the in-laws house. If you are feeling particularly stressed out while at work then perhaps consider taking your lunch out of the office. Go eat at a nearby park, go to a restaurant and have someone serve you your food. Where you go doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that you are leaving a place that you know causes you stress. Getting out of that environment will allow you a moments reprieve. Use this time to really focus on enjoying yourself. Don’t think about the office. Don’t think about your work. Don’t worry about any of that stuff. When your lunch break is done then you should just take a deep breath and head back and finish your day.