Have you been feeling stressed out lately?
Or, maybe you are preparing mentally for the holidays coming up, when you are typically more stressed than normal.
Either way, there are so many benefits to reducing and managing your stress load in a healthy way.
And it is very important to have a healthy mentality in order to be successful in different areas of life including fitness, work, relationships, etc.
Here are 5 techniques you can try to manage stress. I hope this list helps you, now or in the future!
Don’t put too much on your plate and avoid unnecessary stress
Not all stress can be avoided, but you will be surprised how many of the stressors in your life you could eliminate.
First of all, do not put too much on your plate.
Learn to say “no” and make sure to know your limits and then stick to them.
When we put too much on our plates, this leads to increased stress (I know that you know what I’m talking about) and it can also lead to burnout.
Just avoid it and make sure you are not too stacked with commitments and work.
You can also avoid people who stress you, (in the nicest way possible of course!)
Even by just reducing the time you spend with them is a step to a more calm you.
And, you can change your environment, to improve your stress levels.
Small things like replacing bright lighting in your office or home with softer, energy saving lights or removing background noise can be very helpful.
The less stimulating input you get from your environment, the more calm you will be.
Improve your sleep quality
Individuals who are chronically stressed often suffer from lack of adequate sleep and, in some cases, stress-induced insomnia.
Begin winding down an hour or two before you go to sleep and engage in calming activities such as listening to relaxing music, reading an enjoyable book, or practicing relaxation techniques like meditation.
Also, if you didn’t know it by now, blue light really affects your sleep quality.
Try to stay away from screens as much as possible, or at the very least, get screen protectors that can deflect blue light.
There is also a way to edit your iphone brightness to make sure that it is more “orange/amber” lighting instead of blue. It’s called night mode.
Make a commitment to improving your health
Do what you can to boost your health so that you have the energy and strength to tackle the challenges you are facing.
One small step, like cutting back on excessive snacking, walking 30 minutes each day, or even trying dry brushing (which can help your lymphatic system), can have a positive effect.
Similarly, a brisk walk or other aerobic activity can increase your energy and concentration levels and lessen feelings of anxiety.
Physical activity increases your body’s production of good-feeling hormones and in turn, it also decreases the production of your stress hormones.
Talk with a counselor
If you continue to feel overwhelmed or are having trouble getting through your daily routine, seek help from a licensed mental health professional, such as a psychologist.
Psychologists are trained to help you develop strategies to manage stress effectively and make changes to help improve your overall health.
There are many different counseling companies in GA, but Ray of Hope Counseling Services stands out to me because they have online therapy and also accept all forms of insurance.
If you need therapy Peachtree City GA, Marietta GA, Alpharetta, Kennesaw, and so many other locations around Georgia, they can help you out.
They have individual counseling, couples counseling, family counseling, and more.
Accept the things you cannot change
Unfortunately, a lot of sources of stress are unavoidable.
You can’t prevent or change stressors such as the death of a loved one, a serious illness, or perhaps the end of a long-term relationship.
This is where acceptance comes in.
Experience the emotions you need to feel. Cry, take a bubble bath, do some deep breathing, scream into a pillow if you need to.
Experience those emotions and then try to let go and accept.
Letting go is really good for you and releasing the stress that could have built up in your body and mind.
One thing to keep in mind, though. Acceptance is a stage that comes after a few other steps.
Accepting a loss can take a long while and there is no need to rush.
You do not want to rush the process of healing or else you might have to backtrack!
Life is full of challenges for all of us, but in the end, we as individuals decide how we deal with those challenges.