In this fast paced world, it’s more important than ever to find ways to cope with stress. With the abundance of technology, it’s become increasingly more difficult to unwind because people have become too connected to everything else.
What can you do to cope? You need to relax and find ways to de-stress and decompress your life. Here are some ideas for you to try.
- Take a deep breath. Throughout the day, when you’re feeling overwhelmed, you need to take a step back, take a moment and take a deep breath. Breathing properly and slowing down your intake and exhalation of oxygen does wonders for your heart rate and clearing your mind. Most of the time, you breathe through your nose and do shallow breathing. When you’re feeling tense, slow it down and breathe through your diaphragm.
- Do something you love. It can’t be all about work no matter how much you enjoy your job. Indulge in your creative juices and take up a hobby or a recreational sport that makes you happy. Knitting, painting, sewing, tinkering with your car or playing football are all great ways to unwind. Do it for the sheer joy and pleasure of it.
- Spend time with your family. Your loved ones and family should be the priority in your life. Take time off to enjoy them. Spend a weekend with them, watch your child’s baseball game or simply hold your wife at the end of the long day. Being with loved ones puts your life and all your stress in perspective.
- Turn off the TV. Watching TV or playing the computer can be quite stressful. How can you relax seeing so much violence and bad news? Turn it off and enjoy the quiet or some conversation with your spouse. Read a book instead. Set a deadline during the day that you will turn off your cell phone and wait to return calls and answer messages till the next morning.
- Get in touch with nature. Mother nature knows best so take the time to enjoy her beauty. Breathe that fresh air, enjoy the scenery, work in your garden and literally smell the roses.
- Exercise. Get moving and watch your stress disappear. Exercise releases endorphins. It also has a protective health factor for the body, increasing your immunity and making you stronger and more focused to handle stressful situations.
- Get some sleep. If you’re getting less than eight hours of sleep, you’ll be more irritable and less sharp. Go to bed early so you can relax and unwind.
- Help someone else. If you’re overwhelmed, ask for help. Knowing you don’t have to handle things by yourself and distributing the workload can greatly diminish your stress levels.
To be able to cope with stress, you need to be able to identify your stress triggers. At the same time, find ways to manage it such as becoming more organized, setting a schedule and getting help. You must learn to accept that stress is a fact of life. Rather than avoiding it, it’s more productive to manage it so it doesn’t overwhelm you. Take the time to relax and de-stress.