Some posts on BeccaBlogsItOut.com may contain affiliate links. This means that if you click those links and register or make a purchase, I might receive a commission, at no extra cost to you. Please see my Policies page for further information. Thank you so much for your support!
Stress is one of the most prevalent ailments of our time. Although stress is often a short-lived problem, for some people, it is a constant. If you’re stressed out, and you’re looking for coping mechanisms, here are some strategies you can try today.
Sleep and rest
We all know that our emotions are heightened when we’re tired. The slightest molehill can spiral into a mountain, and it can be difficult to make it through the day when you feel like you’re running on empty. Sleep is one of the most powerful remedies for stress. If you’re not getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night, now is the time to try and get more rest. Adjusting your routine is one of the best tips to getting a quality nights sleep. If you find that you doze off on the sofa every night or you’re still watching TV, reading or playing computer games at 3am, modifying your regime will help you get more rest. Set a time to go to bed every night, and do the same every morning. Your body clock will adjust to the new pattern, and you should find it easier to get to sleep. It’s also beneficial to ensure that your bedroom is a calm, serene space, and to avoid looking at your phone or reading emails in bed. Take a moment to relax and chill out before you climb under the covers. Read a book, listen to music, or enjoy a hot bath. If you feel calm when you get into bed, this will help you sleep.
Hobbies and interests
Many of us feel that we spend most of our time caught up in a cycle of working, doing household chores, looking after kids, or running errands. If you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, your social life may be lacking, and you might not have time for hobbies and interests. It’s so important, no matter how busy you are, to schedule some time out. Even if it’s just half an hour to paint, draw, write or play the piano, this will benefit your mental health and keep stress at bay. Studies show that having a hobby can help to reduce stress levels and prevent anxiety and depression.
Fresh air and exercise
If you’re looking for an instant pick me up, take a walk outside, breathe deeply, and embrace the fresh air. Even on a cold, miserable day, being out in the open air can lift your spirits. Exercise is also a proven stress-buster. Go for a jog, do yoga for 20 minutes, take a spin class or even dance around the kitchen with the radio on. If your heart is pumping quickly, and your pulse is racing, this will bring you a host of physical and mental health benefits.
Many people struggle to battle stress. If you feel like you’re losing the war, and you need some help, try these techniques. Sometimes, even simple things like getting more sleep and spending more time in the fresh air can make a huge difference. If you’re still finding life tough and you feel like you’ve tried everything with limited success, don’t hesitate to speak to your doctor.
This is a collaborative post.