Everyone experiences stress in different ways. And unfortunately, it's almost impossible to completely eliminate it from our day to day life. However, putting in place measures to take care of yourself when you're feeling stressed can help maintain your well being in times of crisis.
Here are 5 stress management tools to help you prevent and rid stress.
Eat healthy, real food.
When stressed, it is easy to turn to sugary comfort foods like cakes, ice cream, and chips. Craving these delicious treats is pretty natural when you are emotionally or mentally drained because they’re quick carbs that release dopamine to our brain. However, not only can some healthy foods decrease stress, but others can actually reverse some of the negative outcomes of stress like help lower blood pressure, for example. Try to make healthy, balanced food a priority when you’re stressed.
Maintain your routine.
Feeling stressed can often leave you feeling drained and unable to focus. To gain a sense of control, maintain your normal routine. Familiar activities like work, washing dishes, getting dressed, or making the bed can be comforting. When working from home, be sure to create some separation between work and play - set work hours and set hours for R&R!
Nature is my favorite mood booster. When you're feeling stressed, take some time to go outside. Watch the clouds or take a walk while listening to music. Bad weather? That’s okay...just open those shades, pull up a chair, and try to soak up as much sunshine & good vibes as you can.
Sleep can help us deal with stress. I strive for 8 hours of sleep each night, and I encourage you to do so too! When you wake up after some good rest, you will feel rejuvenated and more capable of taking on the world. Studies show that tired people are more susceptible to stress, binge eating, and poor decision making...yikes!
Create happy moments.
There are so many things which bring us stress, from work to home life and other responsibilities. It's hard to avoid stress, but taking the time to do things that make you happy can help you cope. Set aside uninterrupted time and indulge yourself in fun, relaxing activities you enjoy doing. This can be anything from reading a book, watching a movie, playing an instrument, or chasing your dog around the house. My guilty joy: organizing my spice drawer or my closet!
Lastly, find things to be grateful for. Gratitude changes my attitude and really puts my stress into perspective.
Give it a go! Write down 10 things you're grateful for RIGHT NOW!