The word, “stress” can mean different things to different people. For example, when one person feels stressed, they may simply get a headache. When another person experiences stress, they may not even realize it, while their body suffers in secrecy until it cannot handle the pressure any more. In these cases, stress can lead to chronic anxiety and stubborn health problems. Stress is not something that should be ignored.
Knowing how to recognize stress as well as ways to manage it can make a major impact on one’s quality of life.
Let it out. Write in a journal right before bed as a way to purge your stress from the mind to the paper. Or simply talk to someone who is a good listener. They do not even have to give advice in return. Simply expressing yourself can do wonders for stress management.
Distract yourself from yourself. Make a list of go-to activities that you enjoy. This way, when you know you need to recharge, you can give yourself a break. A relaxing spa day at home, volunteering for a cause, and even cleaning your house or gardening can help.
Learn time management techniques. Often, stress can be related to last-minute deadlines and even procrastination. If you find that you are repeatedly spreading yourself too thin or not accomplishing your goals, take a look at yourself as you try to recognize patterns in your life. Are you constantly swamped at work, or at home with your children? Try looking at the ways you manage, or fail to manage, your time. For example, maybe an extra half hour of prep in the evening can prevent a hectic morning.
Exercise. What is good for the body is good for the mind. What is good for the mind is good for the body. Going for a simple walk can not only take your mind away from the stress at hand, but it can also give your body a chance to stretch its muscles. This stretching can relieve tension that often builds in our muscles. Studies have also shown that physical exercise, such as running, can create a certain “high.” When we exercise, we are taking ourselves away from stress and doing something good for our bodies: compensating for any stress that it has been through. Therefore, exercising on a regular basis will garner the best results.
Do not underestimate the value of spiritual exercise. Meditation involves taking your mind away from the stress and into the very present. Yoga is an activity that can be considered both physical and mental, as it relieves stress through maintaining various stretches and breathing techniques. The focus that is required in order to hold the poses and breathe properly is good for the mind, since it takes your thoughts away from what is troubling you.
Do not be discouraged if any of the aforementioned techniques do not work for you. Be open-minded and you will find something that helps make you a more relaxed, focused, and productive individual.