Stress affects everyone. It’s highly unlikely for anyone in today’s world to not be stressed about something or the other. Be it worrying about your children, worrying about parents’ health, stressing over relationships, overthinking situations or at times even something as little as your next meal decisions can stress you out. Some people just cope with stress in a more effective manner than others. However, long-term stress can harm your health, so here are a few ways to ease your anxiety and be the boss of your emotions.
1). Recognize the signs
The first step would be to identify unusual behaviour, for e.g. insomnia, increased alcohol usage, feeling low on energy and sometimes even depressed, lashing out on loved ones, and easily getting frustrated. If such is the case for you, you should talk to your doctor or healthcare provider for better guidance.
Exercise helps not only with stress, but several different other illnesses. It is essential to incorporate exercise in your daily routine to combat stress. It could be something as small as a stroll in the park or even walking home. Breathing fresh air while exercising lowers your body’s stress hormones in the long run. Exercising tones your body and so you may feel more confident in your body, which improves mental health. Not only that – but exercise also improves sleep quality so for all of you struggling with your sleeping schedules, you know what to do now.
3). Enjoy the moment
Take a moment and feel all five of your senses. Be present. Live.
Close your eyes and feel the grass you lay on. Keep them shut and feel your loved one’s body – learn the geography of their body like you would learn the map in school.
Keep an eye out for things that fascinate you. Appreciate nature, appreciate the surroundings and appreciate the people around you.
Enjoy the taste of the sandwich you have made. Take in each bite and feel the texture
When you focus on your senses and divert your attention, you tend to get tensed less.
4). Learn to say NO
There are things in your life that may be stressing you out and you need to learn to say no to them. Don’t overwhelm yourself and take up too much. Save yourself the anxiety and draw your boundaries.
5). Reach Out
Talk to people. Face-to-face is always preferable but if that’s too much for you then talking over the phone or over messages works too. It really does work, ladies! In times of stress and depression, when you are all curled up in your bed, not able to breathe, just feeling the room get darker and smaller, that’s when talking to someone makes a huge difference. Just having a conversation diverts your mind and could stop the tears pouring down your cheeks instantly. Disclaimer: Don’t tell a person who just stopped crying to not cry again (even if it’s in a concerned way) because it doesn’t exactly work out the way you’d want so just save yourself the trouble hehe
6). Write things down
Jot your thoughts down – it helps with handling stress. It doesn’t necessarily have to be writing about what’s stressing you out but also good things like what you’re grateful for, good times in life and goals for the future. Try to be positive to stay positive. One way is to say and think of nothing negative for 24 hours, and then make yourself do that every day and watch your life change.
7). Hugs, hugs and hugs
The 20-second hug effect take the stress away and spreads lots and lots of happiness and love. It is scientifically proven that long hugs increase the love hormone – oxytocin, reduce the stress hormone – cortisol, and improve relationships and connections. All these amazing benefits kept aside, why would you skip on a chance to hug your loved ones? Strangers on the street hold a ‘hug me’ sign to make themselves and others feel better – ring a bell? Give this a shot, I have personally tried it and it works like a charm
8). Eat your stress away
A lot of foods and supplements help in reducing stress and anxiety. Lemon balm, Omega-3 fatty acids, valerian and green tea are couple amongst the many that are known to treat mild stress. If you aren’t a tea fan, then you can also resort to decaffeinated green tea supplements as well.
Chewing gum is known to promote blood flow in the brain which reduces stress and those who chew gum have a greater sense of wellbeing