How To Cope With Stress
No matter how different we may all be from one another, we all experience stress at some point. This could be for many reasons: expensive bills or rent, family problems, too much pressure at work, health issues, etc.
While the ideal solution would be to fix the problem or remove yourself entirely from it, this is often not possible. If you have a stressful job or an unpleasant boss, you may feel like you are drowning in stress, but you cannot leave because the job is your only source of money.
Even if you are in a presently inescapable situation, there are several solutions to minimize existing stress and prevent unnecessary worry.
Exercise is an effective way to eliminate excess energy and stress, both of which can prevent you from getting a restful night’s sleep. Any exercise from brisk walking, pilates, yoga, running, sprinting and lifting weights are good ways to work off the stress while keeping fit simultaneously. Whether you prefer gentle, refreshing exercise or something that will make you breathe hard and sweat, there are numerous forms of exercise for everyone.
2. Eat Plenty of Nutritious Foods
Depending on how you deal with stress, you probably either tend to overeat or forget about food entirely. Both extremes are unhealthy and only add to the unpleasantness of a bad situation.
If you binge eat, try replacing sugary or calorie-dense foods with unprocessed foods such as meats, eggs, and vegetables. Healthy foods will help increase your energy and overall well-being, two crucial aspects to helping you cope with stressful situations.
If you undereat, make sure you take the time to eat nutrition-dense foods at every meal. If you find it difficult to eat, try keeping small snacks of foods such as fruits and nuts nearby to eat if you feel low on energy.
3. Get Enough Sleep
The average adult requires seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Unfortunately, many adults and even kids are regularly prevented from getting adequate nightly rest.
Sleep is a simple but underrated function. A timeframe as short as thirty minutes can be the difference between feeling adequately rested and dragging yourself through the next day. While the occasional short night is inevitable, try to get into the habit of giving yourself an eight-hour chance of sleep every night. You will find that your mood, energy, and ability to focus will be far greater after a whole night’s sleep. Unpleasant situations seem far more overwhelming when you are not getting enough rest.
4. Take Extra Care of Yourself
When your mind is frantically racing, and you feel low on time and patience, self-care is probably the last thing on your mind. No matter how busy your day is, take the time in the morning or evening to be gentle with yourself and relax.
Try taking a hot, relaxing bath, spending time with a loved one, petting a dog or cat, reading a book, drawing, painting, or writing. Taking just a half-hour of time to yourself to unwind and relax will help calm your mind and distract you from overthinking.
5. Practice Mindfulness
Just fifteen minutes per day of breathing meditation will help train your mind not to stress over unnecessary worries or focus on worst-case scenarios. Sit still with your eyes closed, acknowledge stray thoughts as they enter your mind and return your focus to your breath each time. Eventually, you will become adept at concentrating on your breathing without accidentally engaging with your thoughts.
Even if you do not wish to practice traditional meditation, there are other forms of mindfulness, such as paying attention to your surroundings and nearby sounds as you take a walk. Or you can focus on the most basic tasks, such as washing the dishes and turning your chores into active meditation.
6. Minimize Your Overall Stress Levels With Holistic Wellness
Have you ever considered taking a naturopathic and holistic integrative approach to minimize stress? Naturopathy utilizes the healing power of nature while identifying and removing the underlying causes of stress. The mind, body and soul are all key factors that affect our stress levels and overall health and well-being. If you want to learn more, you have nothing to lose, only to gain a much better life. The Tierra Wellness Center is here to help you.
Get Help Today To Cope With Your Stress
Chronic stress will inevitably arise at times in life, but there is no need to allow it to control you or steal your health and enjoyment of life. Get enough exercise, nutrition, sleep, and time to relax, and you will find that your ability to cope with even the most difficult times will be far greater than before. In addition, feel free to reach out to Febe Sieb at the Tierra Wellness Center to learn more about holistic wellness.