Let’s face it, life can get a little crazy sometimes. At times, life can feel like a major balancing act, especially when you are trying to fulfill a thousand different roles and struggling to keep everyone happy at the same time. Some days trying to juggle work, kids, family, friends, and all your other commitments can leave you feeling pretty drained. With so much going on and so many different things competing for your time, it’s no wonder that sometimes it can all get too much and leave you feeling majorly stressed out.
Life in the modern world can get so hectic, which often leaves very little time to enjoy some peace and quiet. Social media and cell phones are, of course, awesome inventions, but being constantly contactable gives no opportunity for downtime and can make us always feel ‘on call’ with no chance to take a break and enjoy some time out. Check out these simple ways to beat stress and feel much better:
Exercising is not only great for keeping you physically healthy, but it can also help to reduce feelings of stress too. Many people find that a visit to the gym or going for a run can help to beat stress. When being physically active, the body releases endorphins which make you feel great. If you are planning to take up exercise, then be sure to consult your doctor first. If you decide to take up running, don’t forget to take it slowly at first and gradually build up your speed and distance over a period of time. When running, it is essential to have the correct footwear such as Brooks running shoes to provide you with both comfort and performance. Take the time to warm up and recover properly before and after you go for your run to help reduce the chances of injury. Pretty much any form of exercise has the potential to help reduce stress, as it allows you the opportunity to separate yourself from the stressful situation, gives you something different to focus on and gives you some breathing space.
Exercise such as yoga or tai chi can be useful for beating stress too.
Don’t Forget to Have Fun
When you’re feeling stressed fun is probably the furthest thing from your mind. Giving yourself the chance to have some fun can really help to stop those stressful feelings. Why not arrange to meet a friend to something enjoyable such as; see a movie, go out to dinner, have a night out at a comedy club, catch a show, or take the opportunity to do something else that you love. Taking yourself away and doing something that’s fun can give you some distance from what’s stressing you out and give your mood a real boost at the same time.
While getting organized may not be your idea of fun, it certainly can help you to feel a lot less stressed in the long run. Stopping and taking some time to make a to-do list of the things that you need to get on with can help to make them seem more achievable and means that you can break down each item in order to tackle it. Working your way through a list of things that you have to do and then having the satisfaction of ticking them off as you go is sure to help you take control of how you have been feeling, and should help to turn down the volume on the stress you have been experiencing.
Being mindful is a term that’s used a lot these days, and it’s easy to see why it has become so popular. When feeling stressed one of the most powerful things that you can do is to take the time to focus on the here and now. Pausing to notice your surroundings, thinking about what needs to be completed right now, and what can be left can help you to bring your attention back around to what is happening and to clarify your thoughts. Mindfulness is a skill which takes practice but can be really beneficial when put to use, and after a while, it becomes second nature and an essential part of your stress-busting tool kit. There is lots of useful information out there to help you get started if you are interested in using mindfulness as a technique for reducing your stress levels.
As well as starting to practice mindfulness, some people find that meditation also helps them to reduce their stress levels in everyday life.
Look out for Signs of Stress
Many people are so busy that they don’t even realize that they are feeling stressed until they feel REALLY stressed! Paying attention to how you are feeling, both physically and mentally can help to identify those feelings of stress early on. Developing your awareness of how your body feels when it is becoming stressed and the kinds of thoughts that you start to get, can help you take action before you feel really stressed out. Noticing that you are starting to feel stressed allows you the opportunity to be proactive and look at ways to reduce it. That might be talking to someone that you trust, taking a break to get some fresh air, or asking for someone to help you with your workload. Giving yourself the space to notice how you are feeling and to then think about how you can best help the situation should help you feel much better.
Self-care is a hugely important part of reducing stress levels. Making the right food choices and getting enough sleep can be difficult when you are feeling stressed, but will leave you feeling much better. Booking in for a massage, or having a pampering session at home can leave you feeling a lot better too.
Remember to speak with someone that you trust and to consult a medical professional if you have concerns over how you are feeling either mentally or physically.