Stress isn’t an easy thing for most people. It can impact you emotionally, physically, socially and behaviourally. It’s helpful to know what causes stress in you as an individual, because it impacts everyone differently. And different people get stressed out by different things. In Canada currently we have been seeing some economical shifts. Especially in Alberta where the oil and gas industry has taken a major hit. A lot of people have lost jobs, and the stress in the province can be felt. Here are 5 great tips that can help you to cope with any kind of stress in your life.
This is by far my favourite technique. It only takes a few minutes and you can do it anywhere, and at any time. When we’re stressed out, we tend to take shorter and quicker breaths. Deep breathing helps us to relax. When I feel stressed, I usually take one deep breath in, hold it for 3 seconds and then exhale slowly. It’s amazing how quickly this can calm you.
It’s time to ask your endorphins for some help! Endorphins actually help us to feel more positive by reducing our perception to pain. If you didn’t know, stress is an emotional response to a perceived threat; rather it be real or imagined. So it’s easy to see why working out can help battle this. A brisk jog or even yoga can do wonders to help you relive stress.
Who remembers having to write journals for english class? Or better yet, our “dear diary” moments back in elementary school? We wrote about all the yucky boys and how our arch nemeses all had cooties. Well fast forward to the present, journalling is a great way to reduce stress; by getting all your feelings and emotions out of your head and onto a sheet of paper. It’s rather therapeutic (it’s called journal therapy, look it up!). You can decide to write down your thoughts for the day, or the current situation that has you at wits end. It could help you see the problem from a different perspective, and your solution could be right there before your eyes. I encourage you to take things one step further and create a gratitude journal. Write down 1 thing that you have to be thankful for and why you’re thankful for it (we do this in the self love pact). It’s amazing to see how much of a difference it makes in your life when you focus on the positives. Thinking about all the things that are going right for you will definitely help you not to focus on the stressful situations as much.
Take a time out. Sit back and relax. Quiet your mind. And listen to the sound of my voice. Meditation can be guided, or you can just take 5 to 10 minutes out of your day to sit in peace. There are so many ways to mediate. There’s no “right way” so just do what feels best to you. As long as it’s a time where you’re giving your mind a chance to rest, then you’re off to a great start. And no, watching TV doesn’t count as mediation. You don’t have to be a pro at it, just take 3 minutes if you’re really new to it and gradually increase the time as you get better at it.
Now who doesn’t enjoy some humour here or there? Laughter is a great way to chase stress away. Reminisce on some personal moments that made you laugh, read a funny book, or watch a funny video. Whatever tickles you, just do that. Laughter is another easy way to release endorphins. And as you read earlier, stress hates those.
I hope you found these 5 tips helpful and that you are well on your way to reducing your stress! Have you tried any of these tips? Which ones work for you? Or do you have another tip? I’d love to see your feedback, so please comment below!