Stress. Stress. Stress. Sometimes it’s all we think about. We stress about feeling stressed. We stress about worrying about being stressed. It’s just a vicious cycle. But if we all take a moment to stop. Analyse our behaviour and take steps to reduce our anxiety levels – we can break this never-ending circle.
To help, I’ve compiled a list of ways you can combat your stress levels right now and hopefully apply them to your life in the future. Let’s get started.
We lead busy lives. Hence the stress. So much so, that many of us struggle to find the time to connect with nature and leave our technology filled world behind. But it’s been clinically proven that spending time surrounded by nature lowers your blood pressure, and your heart rate. But if heading off to the woods or to the lakes when you’re having a particularly stressful week at work isn’t practical, don’t worry.
If you have your own outdoor space at home, then consider taking it up a notch. Invest in some gorgeous plants, shrubbery or a range of fast growing evergreen trees. Gardening helps with stress too…no garden? Try potted plants on your balcony, or even in your bathroom.
When you’re stressed, you might feel like the best solution is to sit still and try to relax. But according to experts, that’s the exact opposite of what you should be doing. So, get up, head to the gym, do a ten minute workout on YouTube, or head out for a brisk walk around your neighbourhood. Exercise might not make your stress vanish completely, but it will reduce the intensity of your emotions. It’ll allow you to clear you head and refresh your thoughts – allowing you to tackle your issue head on.
Feeling constantly stressed is both emotionally and physically exhausting so it’s ok to ask for help. Confiding in a close family member, a trusted friend or empathetic work colleague can really take some of the weight you’re feeling, off your shoulders. Having a good support network is key to battling and overcoming your stress. So, don’t ever suffer in silence, everyone will be more than happy to help you find a solution.
Working long hours with little thanks or reward means that we don’t get to spend time doing things we really enjoy. We all need to spend more time relaxing, socialising and doing things that make us feel good. Try setting aside a couple of nights a week where you dedicate your time to you. Catching up with old friends, reading a book, a bath, even a full hour at the gym – whatever makes you happy, do it. By setting aside two nights a week for this, you won’t be tempted to work overtime or stay at the office a little longer.
Accept the things you can’t change
Some things are just beyond our control and accepting this is a step in the right direction. If your role is facing redundancy – there’s nothing you can do about it. But you can control finding and getting your next job.