Stress is just a bummer isn’t it. It stops us in our tracks and can lead to bigger problems in our lives. Although I’m still learning about the best ways to cope with it, here is some advice for little things that make the world of difference.
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IT’S OKAY TO SAY NO
You’re working full time, but you also have weekend plans, blog events, family commitments; the list is endless. Sometimes having too much to do is as bad as having nothing to do, so just know that sometimes, it’s okay to say no. Never be ashamed or feel guilty for cancelling plans if you don’t feel 100% or want to just have some ‘me time’. I would just say, make sure you give your friends/family a little bit of notice before you cancel on them- I’ve been at both ends of this and it can cause upset!
CATCH SOME Z’s
This is definitely easier said than done. When I was at the height of stress earlier on this year, the last thing I could do at night was sleep- it was sooo hard. This is going to sound incredibly weird, but Always Sunny in Philadelphia got me through it! Lighthearted and silly, it was the perf thing to watch right before bed and I’ve been constantly re-watching it since. Although scientists say it’s not the best thing to do to look at your phone or television before sleep, I would say a distraction from letting your mind wonder does. Whether it’s a book, or a film- do what makes you feel most comfortable, and get a good night’s rest at similar times each night for the best results.
TALK TO SOMEONE
What clever little pickle came up with the phrase “A problem shared is a problem solved” ? they were bang on. Talk to your partner, talk to your family, talk to a friend or a therapist. Talking over how you feel feels so good. Granted I say this with a word of caution- don’t expect miracle answers from the listener- your healing is from within, but honestly it can help so much.
AVOID ALCOHOL (SORRY)
Want to grab a cocktail or 5 to eliviate stress after a nightmare day in the office? I hate to break it to you, but it’s the worst thing you can do. In large quantities, alcohol is a depressant and can increase your stress levels as oppose to lowering them. Too much caffeine should also be avoided- swap out for herbal teas and lots of water.
So let’s get a wee bit technical here- when your body is stressed out, it increases the hormones cortisol and adrenaline in your body- fight or flight that is. The best antidote? Physical exercise! Head to the gym, or just simply take a walk- trust me that fresh air will do the world of good.
UNFOLLOW, UNFOLLOW, UNFOLLOW
I shouldn’t really get stressed out on social media, but honestly some people on there make me feel all the feels (but not in a good way). Inadequate, unhappy, disenchanted and there’s always that feeling of “Wait, could they be talking about me?!” I’ve always been a little reluctant to unfollow as I’ve thought it was passive aggressive, but now I just do it. If someone is being negative , or writing something you disagree with strongly- just unfollow. You don’t need the drama chica.
How do you limit stress in your life?