5 Ways to Manage Stress

Let’s face it–we’re busy, which means that we are all dealing with some level of stress. As simple as abstract as that little word can be, it can take a big toll on our lives. Stress is the number one cause for a number of diseases and health issues. Not to mention, no one likes to feel stressed. We can’t get rid of stress completely, but we can take steps to manage it a little better.

 

  1. Exercise: Regular exercise may be the most effective at reversing the negative effects of stress, but it’s often times the most difficult one for people to do. The thought of working out can be stress for some. If you’re one of those people, don’t think of it as a chore. Instead, do an activity that you enjoy, like walking your dog, or playing soccer with your kids. If you love to go to your fitness class and sweat it out, then that’s awesome, but that’s not the only kind of exercise out there. It’s all about getting up and moving around. Try and keep moving for about 30 minutes every day, and you’ll start to notice a change in your mood and ability to concentrate.
  2. Diet: This one goes hand-in-hand with exercise. We’ve all heard it, but it’s true. Diet and exercise are vitally important to how our body responds to stress in our environment. When you eat a healthy balance of fruit, veggies, and protein, you’ll have the fuel to combat the unknown factors of the day. Plus, you’ll have more energy and feel better overall.
  3. Rest and Relaxation: Easier said than done, I know. Don’t take for granted the fact that you need to rest and recharge to be the best you can be for work and your family. It’s not selfish or lazy; in fact, it’s the opposite. Start by getting plenty of sleep at night. While your body is resting, your brain repairs organs and tissues throughout the night. When you only get a few hours, you won’t only suffer mentally, but physically, too.
  4. Hobbies: Take time out of the day for you. Find something that makes you smile, and go pursue it. Having a hobby can take your mind off of the things that went wrong during the day, and give you a chance to put energy into something you enjoy. It can also be a great way to connect with new people and make friends. If you find yourself drawn to music, try guitar lessons. If you like to draw, then get a pencil set and start practicing from YouTube, and watch the stress melt away.
  5. Slow Down: When you get in a rush, you’ll start to lose control, which only compounds the stress that you’re already under. Take a breath, cool down, and take your time. Everything will come together in the end. It’s better to have a clear head and be patient to avoid accidents and mistakes. Going too fast can oftentimes cost you more time down the road.

 

Stress will always be a part of life, but that doesn’t mean that we have to live with the consequences. Take time out of your day for some mental health and wellness to get yourself back on track. You’ll be a better version of yourself, and you’ll be ready to take on the challenges ahead.

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