Our Favourite Tips for Managing Stress
We certainly don’t need to tell you that life comes with ups and downs. Between work, school, family, relationships, you name it, stressful times are inevitable. It’s important to recognize those things that cause you stress and find a way to manage and reduce them. If you’re feeling stressed at the moment keep reading, and if not, save this blog for later. Stress reduction is an important part of a healthy lifestyle – just like diet and exercise – so we’ve put together a few of our favorite tips.
This may seem cliché, but it’s true. Stress increases adrenaline and cortisol levels in your body and physical exercise is a great way to metabolize those stress hormones and help return your body to a more relaxed state. If you’re feeling stressed, try making room in your busy schedule for your favorite workout class, it’ll be totally worth it.
Again, cliché and unsurprising but it really does work. Deep breathing or focusing on a positive word or mantra can help your mind focus and momentarily forget about the thing that’s causing you stress. This will help your body to relax and your mind will follow. What’s great is you can practice this technique whenever you feel stressed – no gym membership required!
We know – easier said than done, but it’s worth mentioning. Oftentimes you feel stressed because it feels like your problem is impossible to solve but taking a moment to unpack what’s causing you stress can be really helpful in reducing it. Try thinking of all the possible solutions, no matter how silly, and think about what would work the best for you right now. Taking control of the situation is a great way to stay positive and get back on track.
Talk About It
Sometimes we forget that we don’t need to deal with our stress alone. Talking to someone about what’s causing you stress is so great for releasing built-up tension and relaxing your mind and body. Even if you don’t come out of the conversation with a solution, it’s worth releasing that tension so you can spend your energy on more positive and productive things.
Do you have any tips for reducing stress? We’re always looking for new ways to keep our mind and body relaxed and calm. Hit us up on social media to let us know how you stay zen!