Stress is not something to play with. It can cause so many issues, even physical ones. It’s good to have ways to manage it, especially if you deal with it frequently.
Here are some ways I’ve learned from others on how to manage my own stress. Give them a try!
Meditating is something I just started doing this year.
Not only because of stress
But it really, really does help for that.
What exactly is meditation?
According to Google meditation is “-to think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.”
Based on this definition alone I used to be skeptical about it.
I used to think that only Monks in China did it too, and that it had to be for religious reasons. 😆
This year I realized that meditating doesn’t have to be that way.
You can meditate for any reason.
To manifest, focus better, to sleep better, relieve stress or to relax.
So give it a try.
I like to go on Youtube and search for guided meditations.
The guided meditations always have someone walking you through what exactly to do and focus your mind on.
Here’s a good one:
If you don’t need a guide then find a comfortable area where you can either sit or lay.
Close your eyes, breathe, and then focus your mind on your breathing and become aware of your entire body.
If your mind wanders, once you catch yourself return your attention back to your breathing.
Do this for however long you need to.
For me 5-10 minutes is usually enough
As I’ve stated in a prior post, I don’t really like exercising that much, even though I constantly promote it.
I do know and have experienced how certain kinds of exercise can relieve stress, though.
One of my favorites is simply walking.
I often go for hour long walks either by myself or with my dog when I’m stressed or sad.
There’s something about the beauty of nature, the birds chirping, the leaves blowing in the wind, and seeing other people out and about that eases my mind.
It brings my mind back to earth.
If you like to dance, or run, or do gymnastics, do that.
Doing some kind of physical activity that you love will cause your body to release endorphins which will help with reducing stress.
Get More Sleep
Lack of sleep can be bad for many reasons and stress is one of them.
I know someone who rarely gets more than 2 hours of sleep each day.
She actually has a lot of issues because of this.
Some examples are anxiety, depression, exhaustion, stroke, low sex drive, and of course stress.
Many doctors and researchers recommend people who are stressed to try sleeping more.
Sleeping is when your body repairs itself.
So if you are not getting enough your body isn’t getting that time to regroup.
Your brain, especially, needs that time to recharge.
So take a look at how many hours of sleep you are getting, and if it is not close to the recommended 8 hours, try to find some time to get more.
Don’t oversleep though, because that can actually have some negative affects as well.
Identify Your Stressors & Anything You Have The Power To Change
Sometimes our minds are so overwhelmed with stress and we can’t function. right.
In cases like this I think it would help if you sit down alone and think.
Think about what things are stressing you out.
Money? Time? Work? Kids? Hell, the dog?
Think about why these things are causing you stress.
Then make a list of things that you have the power to change.
If your kid isn’t listening…. you have the power to change that.
If your job sucks… you have the power to change that.
If you are stressed because the world is evil…. I’m sorry but there’s nothing you can do about that, so it’s best you let that go.
Be honest with yourself during this time too.
Don’t say you can’t change something if deep down you know that you can but it may take a long time or be a little hard.
Life is hard.
And it ain’t gonna get better if you lie to yourself.
So be 100.
After you’ve done that stop worrying about the things that you can’t change.
I know it’s easier said than done, but you gotta at least try.
Focus your attention on the things that you can change.
Put your efforts into those things.
There is no reason why you should continue to allow yourself to be stressed about something that is out completely out of your control.
Cause If you can’t change it then stressing about it sure as hell aint gonna do anything either, right?
Once you start seeing improvements from your efforts on the things that you have control over you won’t stress as much about those things, and you’ll reduce your overall stress over time.
Hear me out.. lol
I don’t mean don’t do anything about your issue and continue to be stressed.
That’s not what I’m saying.
What I mean is take some time to yourself.
go to your room, your car, the park, wherever you can be alone and unbothered, and clock the fuck out.
This is your time.
It could be for 15 minutes.
An hour if you have the time.
I have done this more times than I can count and it REALLY works.
It helps ease a wandering mind.
It helps you realize what’s going on in your life, or the things you want.
It gives you time to not have to worry about shit else in the world in that moment but you.
And if you need to cry or scream, go ahead!
If you have never done this before, try it at least once for 5-10 minutes.
We all need some “me time”, away from social media, other people, and the world
to just be. to just exist without responsibility
Doing this will allow you to get that escape from reality for a moment, and when you do come back you may even have a better outlook on the things that are stressing you out.
These ideas are not meant to be taken as professional medical advice.
I get stressed a lot, and these things have helped me in many ways.
If your stress is causing you physical issues, or becomes too much to bare please seek professional help.
These methods may not work for everyone, but it is definitely worth it to try and see.
Let’s Chat! Comment below some ways you manage your stress.