It’s normal to feel a small amount of stress from time to time; it has a habit of creeping up on us and plonking down a bag of bricks on our shoulders. Coping with stress is an important skill to learn, and one that will become a lifesaver in the future. Whether you’re facing troubles at work, a rocky patch in a relationship or balancing your life, knowing how to deal with things calmly is always the way to go.
Here’s the good news; we have some tips to shape you into a zen master and tackle whatever life throws at you head on.
Get it off your chest
Sometimes, all it takes is a good rant to make us feel better. Sitting down and talking over your problems with someone can be amazingly therapeutic and feel like a weight has been lift from your shoulders. Go and have a coffee break with a friend, send a text or give someone a ring – they’ll be able to offer you advice to help you see things differently or just be there to listen. If talking to someone isn’t an option, write it down! Jot down everything that’s bothering you and by the time you reach the end you should be feeling a lot calmer.
Food for thought
When dealing with stress, many people associate turning to food as a sign of comfort eating. Whilst it’s true that eating is an effective way to chomp away stress, try to keep away from the chocolates and unhealthy snacks. Instead, keep it simple with wholefoods which are better for you and will leave you feeling energetic and happy!
Run off your worries
If you’re having trouble coping with stress, try getting a little exercise and you’ll be amazed at how much your mood will lift. Even just a ten minute jog around the block will release feel-good endorphins through the body and make you feel like you’re on top of the world. Nearly any form of physical activity will help to manage stress levels. Give it a go and see for yourself!
Take a break and clear your mind
It might seem like running away from your problems, but one of the most effective remedies when dealing with stress is to simply walk away from the situation (if it allows). Taking a short step back can make a world of difference and leave you feeling recharged with new perspective. Try going for a brisk walk, or having ten minutes out for a hot or cold drink can be a release and give your mind a much needed distraction.
Coping with stress can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be - trying just a couple of these tips will help you feel calmer when you’re up against the ropes. If you have any techniques of your own then we’d love to hear from you, so get in touch and share your wisdom!