Stress is inevitable.
We all experience it in different situations.
- School deadlines.
- Job interview.
It’s understandable that we feel this way but there are ways to help cope or reduce these unwanted feelings.
Here are 10 ways to reduce your stress and anxiety.
This goes without saying that exercise benefits you in a lot of ways, one of them is reducing stress and anxiety.
Exercise and I…well we don’t see eye to eye. Yes, yes, when I was at my most fit, I felt good after a workout.
I know a lot of us are not big fans of working out (I’ll admit, I know I’m not lol). It doesn’t have to be hardcore weightlifting. It can be something as simple as a 30-minute walk around the neighborhood.
Or in my case sometimes, a 2-minute sprint to get away from the ginormous Rottweilers that casually walk around the neighborhood. Good times. Goooood times.
Set aside some time to be active and sweat all your worries away. Take a yoga class. I hear Pilates is good. Boxing sounds good.
#2: Write it down
If exercising isn’t your thing (cause it sure isn’t for me), another good way of reducing your stress and anxiety is by writing down your thoughts on paper. I hear some people find good release from that.
Keep a journal nearby and whenever you feel overwhelmed, you can write it down. Another approach can be writing down something positive you did that day. Or writing down something that you’re grateful for. This is something I want to get into and begin practicing my writing skills since I would one day like to make this blog my job.
Not only writing down what stresses you out but also writing down things that make you happy can be just as beneficial.
Laughing. It’s contagious. Plus, it’s hard to be stressed out and anxious when you’re laughing
You know what the best type of laugh is? When someone says something that not even remotely funny and then there’s that awkward silence followed by hysterical laughing to the point where your stomach hurts, you can’t breathe, and you’re basically crying.
Imma gets a little nerdy here. DID YOU KNOW? That in the long run, laughter can improve your immune system? Mmhmm, it sure does honey buns.
So that something in your day that made you laugh. Reminisce in the moment. Watch a funny movie. Have a tickle fight with a friend.
#4: Avoiding procrastination
Boy did I procrastinate in college. I always felt stressed out but I never knew why. Hmm, I wonder why? lol
Since I’ve started this blog, I’ve realized the importance of being organized and keeping a schedule. I love organization and planning but I didn’t know how much of that was involved in keeping up with a blog. Now, that I don’t have all the time in the world to dedicate to my blog, I definitely take any free time I have to focus and grow my blog. If you’re a physical planner, meaning you need to write your tasks down on paper, Staples has awesome weekly and monthly planners.
If you’re more technologically advanced, Google calendar is perfect because it syncs to all of your devices and you can schedule on the go. I personally use both just as a backup in case, for some odd reason, Google decides to erase my schedule. It’s good to have a backup plan.
#5: Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness is focusing your attention on the present moment. Focusing on the “now.” Sometimes, you just need to slow down and be aware of your surroundings. Take in the moment, feel the breeze on your face, savor each bite of your food.
This article says, that mindfulness improves well-being, physical, and mental health!
It also provides useful mindfulness techniques to achieve awareness and relaxation. So go and check it out. I may actually incorporate some techniques into my everyday life. And so should you. It won’t hurt to try.
#6: Deep breathing
This really helps a lot, especially when you’re getting ready for something big. Close your eyes and take about 5-10 deep breaths helps calm the nerves and any other worries you may have.
I found this breathing exercise that you can follow along with. I hope it’s helpful.
I personally find this tip helpful in my life, especially when I find myself feeling overwhelmed and anxious. I’m sure some of you can relate but I always wake up with this lingering anxiety in the morning. I don’t know if it has to be with not knowing what the day will bring me or what but I get anxiety on the daily. I literally sit on my bed and do these deep breathing exercises to help calm my nerves so I can conquer my day. It helps, not completely, but to an extent and I say, hey, if it helps even just a little bit, do it.
#7: Spend time with your pet
I do this.
There’s something comforting about cuddling with your furry friend. Our furry friends help release oxytocin, which promotes mood improvement. Owning a pet gives you a sense of purpose and companionship, all excellent qualities to help reduce stress in your life.
Dogs love cuddles but cats…well only on their terms. Which sucks lol. I know cause I own three lol. Any feline owners out there know the feeling. But it’s worth it while it lasts.
I love my fur babies to death. My closest friends and coworkers can attest to this. Our furry companions bring us happiness and security even.
#8: Assert yourself
Sometimes, you just got to say NO.
And that’s ok.
There’s no need to feel guilty and be required to meet other people’s expectations. That can really cause you to stress out. Don’t go around being taken advantage of just so other people can move forward in life while you stay stuck in the same place.
It’s good to say no, especially when you find yourself taking on more than you can handle. It’s courageous of you to stand up for yourself and take control of your life.
So go ahead and say no and start taking control of the stresses in your life.
#9: Get Crafty
This is my personal favorite whenever I get stressed. I’ve always been an artsy person since I was a little kid.
My favorite type of craft…painting. It’s so soothing and therapeutic in a way. It’s even better when you have a friend who shares the same hobbies as you.
And even if you’re not an artsy person, who cares. You don’t have to be good at painting to paint. Besides, painting is a form of expression and everyone can express themselves however they feel like it. There’s no right or wrong way to do it.
Purchase some cheap paint, brushes, and media paper and just go to town. Express your feelings with paint. Don’t be afraid to get down and dirty. That’s the beauty of it. Mind you, it doesn’t have to be painting. You can do crayon art, collage, crocheting (another one of my favorites). I mean the possibilities are endless. So go on and get crafty and craft all that stress away.
#10: Be grateful
Keep a list of things that you’re grateful to help remind you of the good things in your life. Count your blessings and cherish the good experiences, that beautiful sunny day, your health, a home, unconditional love.
It’s good to stay grounded and have that constant reminder of how far you’ve come and all the blessings you have in your life.
So whenever you get stressed or feel anxious, flip back to your gratitude list and remember what truly matters.
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