Stress is a common emotion in everyone’s lives, in varying amounts. Wether we’re stressed about homework or a close family member is ill, we could all benefit from some stress relieving techniques. So here’s my list of things to help you cope with stress.
- This is a common one, lots of professionals suggest to count to 10 or whatever suits you. It’s supposed to distract you from the situation in hand, therefore calming you down, ready for you to approach the issue with a clearer mind when you finish.
2. Think happy thoughts.
- Similar to counting, if you think about things that make you happy, it will distract you from the situation in hand, and relax you. Remember that you can’t always hide from your problems, and although you can distract yourself from them, you must never ignore them, or they will just get worse.
- Exercise helps with so many things, including stress relief. Even if you don’t feel like it, try and get up and go for a run, or ride a bike, anything at all, and it will make you feel so much better.
- It might be difficult to fall asleep sometimes, but try your best to sleep for enough hours each night so that you don’t feel tired during the day, because tiredness can affect your stress levels too. If you really can’t sleep, and you haven’t been able to for quite some time, ask your doctor what to do, and they might provide some other ways or prescribe some tablets to help.
5. Talk about it or write it down.
- It’s a common saying that a problem shared is a problem halved- which means that if you talk about your worries and stresses, you’ll feel much better by getting it off your chest, and the person you talk to might even be able to suggest some ways to help. You don’t have to talk to someone you know either; if it’s too personal then you can talk to someone else about it, there are lots of websites you can contact or numbers that you can ring who will be more than happy to listen. Alternatively, if you don’t feel comfortable talking about it, it might be easier to write it down in a diary or journal, and this can help too.
6. Spend time with those you love.
- Wether friends, family or pets, spending time with the people you love can massively improve your mood and help you to relax. The more you laugh, the happier you’ll feel, and the less stressed you’ll be.
7. Do something you enjoy.
- Wether it’s with someone else or by yourself, it’s important to spend time doing something you love. Whether it’s just relaxing at home watching your favourite tv show and playing a game with family, or swimming or maybe hiking, it doesn’t matter so long as you enjoy it.
That’s all for now, I hope you’ll find at least some of these techniques useful, and remember that not all of these will work for you, because everyone is different. Feel free to comment about ways that you relax, I’d love to hear them! Xoxo.