We all experience stress at some point in our lives. You may be under a lot of pressure at work, be going through a challenging transitional period, or have financial worries. There may be a combination of factors that are contributing to your growing stress levels.
Stress can affect us emotionally and physically, so being able to manage and deal with stress is really important. By following these 10 tips, you’ll soon start feeling better.
Tips for Helping You Deal with Stress
Get some sleep
When your phone battery is running low, you charge it back up. Well, it’s important to remember that your brain is similar to your phone battery and how can you charge your brain? By getting a good night’s sleep!
By resting and sleeping well, you will be more likely to keep your stress levels at bay. You’ll want to be aiming for 8 hours of sleep every night and if you’re struggling to nod off, get yourself into a relaxing pre-bedtime routine.
Talk to others
Keeping your worries bottled up and trying to cope with everything on your own is not the best option. Use your support network of friends and relatives to talk things through. Simply getting your feelings off your chest will make you feel better and others may have advice and solutions that you haven’t thought of yourself.
Talking with others can also be a healthy reminder that you’re not alone in the way you are feeling. We all have our problems, stresses and worries and working through them together is beneficial for us all.
Take a breath
Taking deep, slow breaths is a really good technique for calming yourself down in the short-term. When everything is getting on top of you and you start to feel frantic and overwhelmed, just take a pause and focus on your breathing. When you start to feel calmer you can continue with your day again and think through what you want to do next with a clearer mind.
Look for the silver lining
Staying positive isn’t always easy but it is powerful. When you’re feeling stressed to the max, you should look for the positives and try to maintain positive thinking. This will help to reduce your stress levels.
Change your perspective
Stress is usually a reaction and it’s likely to occur when we feel out of control. For example, you may have a growing workload that you’re struggling to keep on top of or a boss that is making your feel miserable at work. While you can’t control how your boss treats you, you can control your reactions. By changing your perspective, you can take back the power and react differently.
Stop drinking caffeine
Apologies to all the coffee lovers out there, but caffeine is not your friend when you are feeling stressed. Drinking coffee releases adrenaline which intensifies stress. If you feel like you still need something to perk you up, try taking a break or a short walk instead of grabbing a coffee.
Stop asking yourself “what if?”
You can’t change the past and you can’t predict the future, so asking yourself “what if?” is a pointless exercise. Don’t dwell on worse case scenarios that may or may not happen. Instead, focus on the here and now and tackle challenges as they arise.
Take some time to disconnect
Sometimes, you just need some time to yourself. Turn your phone off and leave it in another room, leave your work at work. If you can take some time for yourself every day to relax and do something you enjoy, you’ll be more likely to keep stress at bay.
When times start to feel tough, you should take a moment to reflect on the things you are grateful for. It’s not all bad and being appreciative of the good aspects will help to motivate you and squash the negative ones. And talking of negativity…
Ignore your negative thoughts
We all hear the negative voice (for some this takes the form of imposter syndrome) in our heads from time to time. However, listening to your negative thoughts will only make your stress worse.
If others around you are being negative, you should also avoid engaging with them and getting into a negative conversation. Pessimists and negativity should be pushed away.
Stress happens and it sucks, but now you have the power to manage it! Next time you feel it creeping in, give these tips a try and see what works best for you.
Do you have any tips for helping you deal with stress?
About the Author
Jen is the Founder and Creator of TheLifeStuff.co.uk, a blog that offers advice on tackling the challenges that life throws your way as you navigate the world of being an “adult”.