4. Move your body
To take your mind of your worries, physical activity is a great stress relief and real mood booster. That is because your body releases endorphins and other happy hormones during a workout. Afterwards you will feel refreshed and energized, so make sure you get enough exercise to deal with high stress levels.
You don’t have to hit the gym or go for a run though: Even taking a walk can help get your thoughts in order due to the change of scenery. If you don’t have a lot of time, taking a quick 10-minute walk is enough: It can help you recharge and going for a walk every day can help you with your stress management.
5. Get creative
No matter if you write, paint, play an instrument or take on DIY-projects: Get creative and do something that makes you happy. It helps you unwind and takes your mind off whatever worries you. Further, it can help you transform your frustration into ard and is a great way to spend time mindfully.
If you don’t have any creative hobbies, try colouring books for adults. It may first sound weird, but there are studies proving that colouring can have a meditative effect, especially for people suffering from anxiety.
6. Eat a balanced diet
A lot of people eat a poor diet because they feel stressed, but they will end up with the reverse effect: Emotional eating and foods that are high in sugar and fat might comfort you at first. But refined carbs, like potato chips or sweets, cause a spike in blood sugar and soon after that will crash again, resulting in you feeling even more anxiety and stress.
Whole and fresh foods on the other hand will give you proper energy to tackle your daily tasks. They also help regulate your mood. So next time you feel like eating a chocolate bar because you want to relieve stress, choose an apple or a handful of nuts instead. They will give you proper energy.
7. Journal and practice gratitude
When life overwhelms you, it is important to remind yourself that not everything is bad. You still have so much to be grateful for and practising gratitude on a daily basis will help you manage stress. Start or end your day by thinking about three things you are grateful for and write them down.
Journaling is in general a great stress relief: Whatever is happening in your life or bothering you, write it down and let it go. Daily journaling and rereading what you wrote from time to time can help you to get thing in perspective and appreciate the things and people you have in your life. It is often hard to see the good when everything around you is falling to pieces. But if you let it all out, you will see how relieved you will feel afterwards.
8. Talk to loved ones
The pressure is on, but you don’t have to deal with all the stress on your own. Talk to your partner, close friends or a family member about your current situation. You will most definitely feel like a giant weight is moved from your shoulders. Further, a good hug from a loved one is the best medicine to get emotional relief.
If you don’t feel like you have someone you can talk to or feel like you can’t handle it on your own any more, you may want to consider talk therapy. A professional counsellor can help you get through. After all, your mental health is important and there is no shame at all in getting professional help to cope with whatever causes stress in your life.
9. Get enough sleep
Maybe sleep is the last thing you think of when you have a stressful time and work around the clock. But in order to be productive, your body needs a good night rest. Otherwise it will be hard to cope with the stress.
Some people may think they get more stuff done if the work long hours and barely sleep, but that is not true. A lack of sleep not only has a negative effect on your performance, it also increases stress. So make sure you don’t reduce your night rest, no matter how stressful your days are.
10. Get a Massage
A quick fix and the best stress relief after a stressful day is getting a massage. It helps you to relax your mind and body, by getting rid of all the tension. Especially aromatherapy massage is a great stress relief, thanks to the essential oils.
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