Our modern world is increasingly stressful. All those innovations that do enhance our lives in some ways can also cause us to be extra stressed. With mobile phones and social media, we are always in touch but this can also have an adverse effect. The lines between work and leisure become blurred. We don’t seem to have the opportunity to just switch off any more.
How do you get rid of that stress?
The obvious answer is to identify the source of your stress and eliminate it. However, this over simplistic ideal is usually impossible to achieve. For example. you can’t just quit your job because it is making you feel stressed out!
So the trick is to manage your stress and minimise it
The best way to treat your feelings of stress and anxiety is often to use a variety of techniques. Let’s look at some methods for reducing stress…
Take time for yourself
Living a busy, hectic life can be stressful. It’s important to take time out for yourself. Of course this can be tricky if you work full time or have children who need constant attention but just a small time out can really work wonders. Just ten minutes escaping into a good book or having a shower can really help your mind.
Take regular breaks at work
You are entitled to breaks at work, it’s the law. However, many of us just don’t take them. We’ll even eat our lunch at our desks. You may find that your anxiety levels are greatly reduced if you do something different on your break. Distract your mind. Take a short walk, eat your lunch slowly outside watching the world go by.
Get a good night’s sleep
We often underestimate the power of sleep and the effects on our mind of not getting a decent night’s sleep. Our stress levels are reduced after a night of restful sleep. Make sure your bedroom is conducive to sleep. Try to make it as quiet as possible and also dark. If you have a street light outside your room then a blackout blind would be a good investment. Going to bed at the same time each night will help your body to know it is time for sleep so try to get into a routine. Also, don’t use your phone or tablet in bed. The blue light given off by these devices tricks your brain into thinking it is morning. This will make it even harder to get to sleep.
Consider stress relief medication
There are also various forms of medication that can help you feel less stressed and anxious. Visit your doctor and they will be able to recommend something for you. If you’re not keen on taking prescription medications for stress relief then why not try one of the many natural products that are available?
Make your own herbal stress relief remedy
You could even make your own natural remedy. Why not try a soothing and relaxing mug of camomile tea? You could grow your own, or you’ll find camomile teabags widely available. Rosemary and elderflower teas are also believed to have anti-stress properties. Lavender is a relaxing scent. Sprinkle some in your bath water or on your pillow at night.
Get some exercise
Many people report that they feel less stressed when they exercise regularly. Start walking to the shops instead of taking the car, or cycle to work. It could make the world of difference to your stress levels.
When you feel as if your stress levels are rising, stop, shut your eyes and take some deep, slow breaths. This will lower your heart rate and should help you to feel calmer.
Put your worries down on paper and make lists
If you feel like life is getting on top of you, then it can really help to make a list of everything you need to do. Once you have a list, it can make you feel a lot better when you start crossing things off. The more you put on your list the more frequently you can cross things off, so whether it’s an important report for work, or simply ironing the kids school shirts, write it down. If you find yourself worrying at night then some people find it highly beneficial to write their worries down on paper. You can then set them aside to deal with later.
Focus on the good things
Try to think about all the things that are good in your life. When one thing goes wrong, it can be easy to focus on that solely. However, there’s bound to be something that is actually great. Maybe you love your job, perhaps you have a wonderful family. All things to be thankful for!