We all have those days where we feel stressed out. On those days every little thing bothers you and makes you feel even worse. Maybe you’re feeling stressed out from work, parenting, or even from your relationship. Whatever the cause may be it is important to learn what methods help you cope best. Stress can take a toll on your mental and physical health. We have to remind ourselves that we will get through this. Things can and will change. Just take it one step at a time. Don’t let yourself stress the little things in life and if you feel that your stress is unmanageable on your own seek help and guidance.
Yoga and Meditation
Light physical activity is a great way to help to relieve your stress. Stress can make you feel all tight and irritable. Any form of exercise causes your body to release endorphins a hormone that will make you feel good. Which makes yoga a perfect solution. Just grab a yoga mat and follow along with a yoga instructor and let that person guide you and stretch your body in ways that you never have before. Let the peaceful music radiate through your ears into your core and just breathe. Concentrate on your breathing. Allow this to relax you, to relax your mind and body. To feel light as a feather remembering to focus on your breathing. Now take this time to tell yourself that things are going to change. Your stress is not permanent. Only temporary. You will overcome your problems and relieve yourself of the stress.
Journaling is my favorite coping mechanism to unwind from stress. There are bullet journals that are blank and you can put absolutely anything in, or planners that already have a layout waiting for you to design it. You don’t have to be an artist to take up journaling. There’s no right or wrong way to do it. Journaling can mean many different things for each person. For me, it’s using my creativity to personalize my planner and organize my life. The combination of being creative makes me feel good. I love expressing myself through art, and to be able to get organized while doing it is just an added benefit and the perfect way to help with stress.
Sometimes our stress can build-up to the point where you just need to step outside and get some fresh air to try to clear your mind. So I encourage you to take the time and just step outside in moments like this. Go for a walk and just be alone with your thoughts. For me, there’s something about taking a walk at the park, or heading down to the beach with my boyfriend and just taking in our surroundings. There’s a really nice park near us that has a small beach, that we like to go down to some weekends and just sit and talk. We grab a seat on a bench, take in the water and the breeze, and just talk and enjoy each other’s company. It’s amazing how something so simple can be so helpful.
When all else fails ask for help. Talk to someone. Anyone. Are you stressed out from parenting? Talk to your spouse and ask them for help. They may not realize you are struggling but I’m sure they’ll be willing to help. If you feel like you can’t talk to your spouse try speaking to someone else you feel comfortable with. It’s good to have someone around who can give you some advice, even if it’s simple advice. It may make you feel instantly better just by getting your thoughts out of your head. It may feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of your shoulders. If you don’t feel comfortable talking about your problems with your family, friends, or peers, then seek guidance from a professional. Go to counseling to see a therapist, psychiatrist or psychologist. These professionals are not there to judge you, just help you. They listen to you really well so they can show you in a new light or new perspective.