In this day and age, stress has been like a disease that has occupied the whole world. Stressed about work, life, or even relationships, there comes a point where you just break down, want to forget everything and stay in bed all day (with a jar of Nutella). However, stress is a normal thing to encounter, as life is known for its many struggles, so rather than thinking about matters with the cup half empty, just take a minute, breathe, and follow these helpful tips on how to manage everyday stress.
Have A ‘Stress Free’ Spot
Ever found yourself constantly going to the same place whenever things get a bit out of control? Whether it’s a café, a parking lot or even your room. Having a place that gives you an immediate sense of tranquility can really go a long way.
Sometimes, quitting everything and taking some time off can actually cause you to overthink and make you stress even more. So a healthy way to distress is by simply working and investing your time in doing something else instead of sitting in bed. It could be to do some spring cleaning in your room, catching up on your favorite series, or even doing a few extra tasks for work before Sunday rolls around.
Talk It Out
It’s hard. The feeling when everything suddenly becomes a bit too much can be consuming. It almost feels like it’s suffocating the life out of you. But rather than keeping everything inside, letting it out can help you take in that deep fresh breath you’ve been longing for. Check your social circle and talk to someone who would understand and help you come out with positive outcomes. Instantly, you’ll find a magnifying sense of relief and the weight of stress lifted off of your shoulders.
Yep. Working out can lower your stress levels, and you don’t need to hit the gym for it! Practicing a bit of yoga or enjoying a morning walk around your neighborhood in the mornings can help increase your happy endorphin levels, which will help you think more positively and clearly throughout the day.
You don’t have to spend your entire paycheck in one day, but simply treating yourself to a nice cup of coffee at your favorite coffee house, reading a book for the fifth time or putting on a face mask can give you a sense of achievement. Or if you want, go on a shopping spree! You know what makes you happy, so whenever you feel over-stressed, treat yourself to what you know will make the day go in a different direction.
Faking that your not stressed from all life’s throwing at you is completely normal, and a lot of people are pros at it. Listening to music while driving is the ultimate temporary stress-reliever remedy. Just tune in your favorite song and jam out. You’ll find all you were thinking about a minute ago has taken the backseat as you’re trying to remember the lyrics to Avril Lavigne’s Girlfriend. Use whatever the day has to offer and channel the energy you use to stress over things, to do other things that help you keep your mind of it.
Understand The Bigger Picture
You have to understand that even when you think you have it hard today, the universe is conspiring against you, and that the whole world will come to an end, it’s probably not that big of a deal as you feel it is. This by no means belittles your issues, but when you focus more on the idea that whatever’s stressing you out now isn’t the ultimate worse (and that it could be worse), a sense of relief will hit you, and it will calm you down and make you rethink, look at thing from a different perspective, and not stress the little things.
Always remember, whatever you’re currently going through is going to pass. There’s a solution to everything. Whether it’s one that works in your favor or not, don’t deny that there is one. Changing your perspective on everyday matters can literally do wonders, just like a tub of chocolate chip mint ice cream.