Following my last blog, let’s take some time to talk about what you can do to destress your life. We are always on the go. Always busy. Always dealing with whatever life, work, or our family throws at us. It’s stressful. It’s pretty much normal to be stressed at one point or another. It’s inevitable, but there are ways you can destress.
I myself the last few days have been working hard to destress from everything life has thrown at me, which lately has felt like a lot. Of course there are hundreds of ways out there. What works for you may not work for others and vice versa. You have to find what works for you and makes you feel less stressed. There may be some trial and error or it may just be the first thing you try.
Ways to destress your life:
- Exercise: Exercise, especially regular exercise can help you reduce stress. It reduces the level of stress hormones while releasing endorphins (chemicals that improve mood and act as a natural painkiller). It also improves your sleep quality and promotes your mental well being.
- Journaling: Write about your feelings. Write down your problems and what you can do about them. Write down your achievements to keep yourself motivated. Write a letter you’ll never send instead of bottling up all the things you want to say, but can’t.
- Connect with friends: In a digital day and age, it’s too easy to constantly message friends or just see them virtually on social media. A person to person connection increases happiness and helps you overcome feelings of loneliness and isolation. Set up a lunch date. Grab a cup of coffee. Get together and take your kids to the park.
- Say no: Learn to say no. Take control of what you take on in your life. Say no when you need to to give yourself more free time. When you overfill your schedule, you stress yourself out and don’t leave time to put yourself first and take care of yourself.
- Spend time with pets: If you have pets, take some time to spend with them. Pet them. Take them for a walk. Snuggle on the couch. Spending time with your pets reduces stress and decreases feelings of isolation.
- Avoid procrastination: When you avoid doing things you are putting out more energy. It takes energy to worry about what you need to do and then energy to do them. When you procrastinate you stress yourself out by the amount of things that are piling up. Things constantly pile up and when you avoid them, it gets worse, takes longer, and will stress you out. Staying on top of your priorities reduces stress and gives you more free time.
- Connect with nature: Take a walk around your neighborhood. Hike in the woods. Walk down the beach. The natural beauty of nature distracts us and reduces anger, fear, stress, and increases pleasant feelings.
- Do something you love: Read a book. Draw a picture. Paint a picture. Color a picture. Binge your favorite tv show. Bake a cake. Listen to music. Dance around the house. Whatever it is you love to do, go do it. It’ll reduce stress.
There was a few tips to manage stress I want to talk about as well. Identify what causes your stress and if possible avoid them. Easier said than done right? How do you avoid your kids because let’s be honest, they can be stressful sometimes. Or your job, how do you avoid that? It’s not like you can just go get a new one or quit. Or maybe you can (I don’t know your life). Stop filling up your calendar, which goes back to saying no. When you fill up your calendar you don’t have time for yourself or to relax and it becomes stressful. Organize your life. Being organized creates a mess free environment and reduces stress.
As I mentioned earlier, there are so, so many ways to destress your life. This would be the longest blog ever if I included them all. When you get stressed you have to find what works best for you to reduce your stress. Just remember when you’re reducing your stress, it’s not suppose to be a job. If it feels like work, stop and try something else. I hope this helps you reduce stress and live a slightly less stressed life.