There are many things that are hard to escape – stress is one of them. It doesn’t care whether you’re young or old, a man or a woman, employed or unemployed, or single or married. Once you get stressed, then stress has gotten you. But the good news is, it doesn’t mean that is has to get the better of you. Actually, there are steps you can do to stop it before it gets worse. We have listed the top 10 ways to cope with stress.
Laugh a Lot, Out Loud
This is a cliché but laughter truly is the best medicine. When you laugh, your body releases endorphins or hormones that are known to uplift the mood and promote proper functioning of body organs. To enjoy the benefits of laughing, watch shows or videos, listen to funny talks, or read books or magazines that provide comic relief. Also, hang out more with people who make you laugh out loud. It might cause your belly to ache, but you’ll see how your body is relieved of all the aches and pains caused by stress.
Take Comfort in Food
Eating the right food at the right time will not only help your body stay physically fit. Studies show that consuming the right kind and amount of food also benefits the mind and helps maintain psychological wellbeing. Include foods that are rich in vitamin C, carbohydrates, and magnesium in your diet as these help stimulate your senses and organs, therefore resulting to an overall sense of wellness.
Move Those Hips
Like laughter, physical activities also promote wellness because these trigger the release of happy hormones that influence one’s current disposition. This means that exercising has both physiologic and psychological benefits that help one adapt to stressful situations better. Whether you’re at home or at work, make exercise a part of your daily routine. It doesn’t have to be as intense as gym rats’ workout programs. It can be as simple as climbing the stairs, walking, jogging, mowing the lawn, or lifting boxes when cleaning the house.
Snooze Time is Precious Time
Sleep is your body’s way of recovering from the toiling you’ve done throughout the day. When you sleep, your bodily systems are given time to rest and rejuvenate. If your body doesn’t get adequate sleep, there is a tendency for your organs to become overworked and, eventually, malfunction. Instead of feeling refreshed and ready to deal with everyday stress, you could become exhausted and fall sick. This is of course another reason to feel all the more stressed. Therefore, it is essential to have at least seven hours of sleep every day.
Do What You Love
Keep yourself occupied with activities or hobbies that you love and enjoy doing. This is both a good way to get stress off your back and hone your skills by making wise use of your time being productive. Acknowledging the things that stress you out is important, but stress isn’t worth that much attention, time, and energy. Stop ruminating. Instead of letting yourself sulk in a bad mood, do yourself a favor and be engrossed in activities that spell enjoyment and foster self-development.
A Grateful Mind is a Great Mind
A great philosopher once said, “A grateful mind is a great mind, which eventually attracts to itself great things.” Now, what is Plato trying to say here? If you want to attract great things, learn to be thankful for the things that you currently have and the situation you are currently in. By practicing gratefulness, you are unknowingly training your mind to look at every circumstance in a positive way. If you do this, you will see more opportunities, and less stress.
This is how people set themselves up for a stressful week – they forget to set boundaries. It is not your obligation to make people around you feel comfortable. Learn to say no. Set healthy boundaries – with both your time and relationships. One of the most common reasons people get stressed is they feel fed up or taken advantage of. They say yes to deadlines they can’t meet, AND feel stressed. They say yes to commitments they can’t keep, THEN feel stressed. Know that it is definitely okay to turn something down when you know that it goes beyond the boundaries you set.
FAIL – First Attempt in Learning
A lot of people are terrified of failure, of falling short, or of not being enough. When people fail or make mistakes, they feel stressed and their world crumbles. What they keep forgetting about is successful people never would have succeeded without failure. As Thomas Edison put it, he did not fail; he just found 10,000 ways that didn’t work. The next time you see yourself making a boo-boo, process it and learn from it, then move on. It was a learning experience, not a life sentence of which the punishment is a lifetime of stress.
Trick Your Own Mind
Did you know that you can actually trick your mind into believing that you are not stressed? This is the art of acting as if. Act is you’re happy and fake a laugh. Act as if you didn’t miss the bus and smile at everyone you meet. Act as if someone didn’t accidentally spill coffee on your suit and walk like a king. Research studies on emotions have revealed that facial gestures are able to stimulate particular emotions such as happiness. So, go ahead and fake that smile.
Talk to a Friend
Social support is one of the most effective ways to battle stress. Having someone around whom you can confide in or talk to will help you unload emotional burden. The added comfort in knowing that you have people to talk to when times get rough can help augment the effects of stress. Surround yourself with healthy relationships to maintain a healthy mental state.