Let’s be honest here: nobody like to be stressed. But life, as it will, tends to get complicated or challenging, so before you know it everything is too overwhelming, and stress has taken control. Of course people get stressed for all kinds of reasons, and that stress can have marked negative impacts on our health and wellbeing.
So, what can you do about it?
Unfortunately for all those folks suffering from a little stress, there’s no easy fix. But, luckily there are a few simple steps that you can take to help you deal with the stress in your life… without creating more.
1. Get Organised
Good organisation is an easy way to combat stress before it even happens. Living in an organised space helps you to cultivate an organised mind, which in turn suffers from less stress. The thing to remember when you’re in the process of getting organised is that simplicity is key. Removing clutter from your life, your house and your workspace can all help to streamline your thought process, and help to manage your day-to-day stress.
Never underestimate the incredible healing powers of a few hours (or minutes) spent out enjoying the beautiful world that we live in. If you’ve had one of those stressful days that seems beyond repair, try taking some time out of your day to take a walk or do some other kind of exercise. The physical exercise, combined with the healing potential of a natural environment, can lead to a notable improvement in your state of mind.
This can be a hard concept for people to grasp, especially after a period of intense stress, but laughter really is the best medicine. Getting the giggles, even if you force yourself into it, is a great way to decrease tension, lift your mood and even increase your energy. If you’re stuck for ideas, trying hopping online and watching funny viral videos. They might just be enough to make your day.
Everyone procrastinates, and most people love to multitask. Unfortunately, doing both too often is an easy way to get stressed. The procrastination leaves you with too many things to accomplish in less time, and trying to multitask means splitting your focus, and often not doing a very good job. Try to set yourself bite-sized tasks with small rewards upon completion, like a short break, to help you get through the day.
5. Eat Healthy
Following a healthy eating plan is one of the best things that you can do for your body, and your stress levels. A balanced diet should contain lots of fresh produce, protein and essential vitamins and minerals, and not so much processed fats and sugars. These unhealthy foods can cause blood sugar spikes, reducing your awareness and focus capabilities, and leading to stress.
On stressful days it can help to look at the big picture. Think about the specific situation or individual that is making you stressed, and then ask yourself if this would still stress you in a year, or five or ten. We often stress too much over little things that have no future impact, and observing the situation from a big picture viewpoint is a simple way to control this.
This is a modern world we’re living in, and in that world things happen fast. Sometimes, just trying to keep up with social networks, real world responsibilities, work commitments and more is enough to make you scream. But instead of that, try just sitting down and allowing the world to slow around you. Consider trying some meditation, or even slow yoga, to help quiet the many voices of your stress, and cultivate a sense of calm. It might only last for 15 minutes, but it is rest that is absolutely necessary.
Stress is one of those things that can be impossible to avoid. But, like most things that life throws at us, it can be dealt with, and we hope that our tips help you do just that.