Everyone experiences stress. However, everyone experiences stress differently. Whether you’re feeling stress over work, money, relationships, or your health, stress will always exist and most of us will struggle to discuss it. In fact, 90% of people who take a mental health day off work will make up an excuse to do so instead of telling their employer their real reason for taking the day off. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to remove some stress from your life and enjoy a happier life overall.
Take Back Control of Your Life
Clearly, reclaiming your health is a big, important step but so is reclaiming your life. This includes doing things like:
- Set goals for yourself then say “no” to anything that doesn’t align with those goals. This will help you get a firmer grip on what’s going on in your world. While you may not be able to say “no” too often, you can always choose to delegate some tasks too.
- Turn off your phone. This is important because studies show 73% of people feel their phone adds to their stress. If you can’t power it off for the entire evening, Push Doctor suggests you at least turn it off for a few hours before bed.
- Take a break from social media which is a stressful atmosphere in and of itself since everyone’s comparing themselves to other people on there. It’s important to remember that nobody’s social media profile tells the true story. Instead of focusing on these things, focus on what you can control – your own success.
Look After Your Health
When you’re feeling stressed you need to pay close attention to your health. Some things you’ll want to remember during this time include:
- Balance your exercise with your rest. Physical activity prompts your brain to release endorphins (“feel good” chemicals) that tackle fatigue, help you concentrate better, allow you to sleep better, and relieve tension. At the same time, you want to make sure you get enough sleep without getting too much sleep. Of course, this is something that exercises also helps with.
- Have sex! Scientists say that this is one of the most effective stress-busters out there. Research shows that having sex on a regular basis increases cell production in the hippocampus part of your brain – the area responsible for controlling our stress response.
- Experience your emotions. Laughter makes you feel better when you’re under a lot of stress because it also releases endorphins while reducing stress-causing hormones like cortisol. Crying is also beneficial in that it too releases tension, leaving you feeling calmer and more relaxed.
- Watch your diet. While we all hear that we should remove caffeine and sugar from our diet, there are some foods that we’ll want to make sure we include. For instance, starting off your day with a bowl of oatmeal will prompt your brain to produce serotonin, which will help you manage stress. This isn’t the only food that’s beneficial though. Eat some green vegetables to stabilize your mood. Berries are also beneficial in that they contain Vitamin C, which boosts melatonin to help you sleep better. You also want to make sure you get omega-3 to boost your mood and reduce mental health problems. Also, consider jumping on the avocado bandwagon since it contains a lot of B vitamins (e.g. niacin or B3, pyridoxine or B6, and B12) which helps your brain produce serotonin.
Appreciate the Little Things in Life
While you’re in the process of reclaiming your life, don’t forget to appreciate the little things therein as well. There are some great ways in which you can do this, including:
- Do something nice for someone else. This forces you to focus on something than your own problems, which a 2015 University of California and Yale study shows will make you feel better.
- Listening to some music you enjoy will also calm your nerves, especially if you get up and dance to it.
- Go out into nature and if you can’t escape like this, at least look at some beautiful nature pictures. This will give your mind a great boost, regardless of what you choose to do.
Being stressed can feel like your world is spinning out of control. When this happens, you may want to make time to see a doctor, especially if you’ve tried other things and none of them seem to work. Discussing your stress levels with a doctor is beneficial in that they can provide you with medical advice or write a prescription. Talking about sensuality also helps to divert your mind and relieve some stress which is why trying an adult chat room is another great option for you here.