Chronic stress is incredibly bad for both the mind and the body. Our mental and physical health is seriously affected in a negative way when we are stressed all the time, and this can lead to problems such as heart issues, obesity, type II diabetes, depression, anxiety, and more. If you are feeling stressed all the time and it is affecting you in other aspects of your life, then these ways to help you stress less should help you get back to normal.
Getting the right amount of sleep can make a world of difference to your life in general and your stress levels in particular. The problem is that when you are stressed, you tend to find it difficult to sleep, or you sleep less. The longer this goes on for, the harder it gets to put yourself back into a normal sleep cycle, and the recommended seven to eight hours that you should ideally be getting each night.
In order to feel less stressed, however, getting the right amount of sleep is essential. It will take some time to get back into a good routine, but there are some things you can do that will help. Make sure your room is at just the right temperature, and ensure that every light is switched off (including any standby lights on the TV, for example). It is also a good idea not to eat too late, and to stop using any screens, including the TV, at least an hour before bed.
If possible, try to remove stressors from your life. Doing so will mean that you need to think carefully about what it is that could be the cause of your stress, and deal with it as quickly and simply as possible. You might have financial worries, which could be alleviated if you look at online loans so that you can consolidate your debt, or pay off high-interest credit cards, for example. You might be worried about your health, so consider booking an appointment at the doctor’s surgery for a checkup, which can help you feel better both physically and mentally. Whatever it is that is causing you the most stress should be removed from your life if at all possible, and when that is done, you will feel so much better.
Music has a wonderfully calming effect, and it can truly help when it comes to feeling less stressed. Firstly, when you are listening to music, you are generally going to be taking a break from your work or home life, and you will have the opportunity to relax. Music has also been shown to reduce the blood pressure and the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. You don’t have to listen to what might be considered ‘calming’ music; it is better to listen to music you enjoy (even if it is heavy rock or metal, for example) rather than something that has a reputation for being a calming influence.
Talk To A Friend
Friendship is hugely important when it comes to our happiness and our health, and simply talking to a good friend can easily reduce your stress levels. You can talk about the problems you are experiencing, or you can talk about more enjoyable things. It is the act of talking that makes the difference. It is best if you can be face to face with your friend or friends, but this is not essential; speaking on the phone can certainly help and make you feel a lot happier. You might even come up with a solution to your problem, and this can be the case even if you don’t discuss it. The fact that you have stopped thinking about it for a while often means that an answer is easier to come by.
Talk To Yourself
If your friends are not available to talk to, don’t worry; you can talk to yourself. Far from being a sign of madness, being able to talk through your problems and stresses can help your mental health overall. Talk to yourself about why you are stressed and what needs to be done to stop feeling so bad. Don’t forget to remind yourself that you are perfectly capable of carrying out the task ahead, and tell yourself that everything is going to be fine.
Although it may not seem like an obvious solution to stress, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet can help you immensely. When we feel overwhelmed and stressed out, we can often turn to sugary, fatty treats that make us feel good for a very short amount of time before making us feel worse than before. If you often fall into this trap then make sure that you have plenty of healthy snacks to hand so that when you want to eat, you can still be healthy.
Laughing might be the last thing you feel like doing when you are feeling stressed, but laughing releases endorphins that make you feel happier, improve your general mood, and reduce the amount of cortisol (the stress hormone) running around your body. Effectively, laughing when you don’t feel like it tricks your mind into thinking that it is happy, and the result is that you will actually feel happy. This will make whatever is stressing you seem much less significant.
Exercise is a good idea when you’re feeling stressed for a number of reasons. It will take your mind off your problems, make you feel fit and healthy, and it will release feel-good hormones and chemicals into your body. You don’t have to do hours and hours of exercising to feel the good effects if you prefer not to; regular walks around the block during your lunchtime is a great way to begin, or you might choose to join a class where you can learn what to do and meet like-minded people.
Doing breathing exercises when you feel stressed can often be enough to calm you down and make you more able to think clearly and reassess your situation. Just breathing in deeply, holding your breath, and then releasing it slowly might be just what you need. If not, there are many different breathing exercises that you can try out to find out what works best for you.