Feeling Stressed? 5 Easy Tips To Help Manage Your Stress
As we discussed in our previous blog, stress is a major contributor to grinding. But as well as that, feeling stressed is not a pleasant feeling at all. We, therefore, wanted to write a blog for our readers to help you manage stress.
We came across a great article from the American Psychology Association (APA). We felt this came up with some realistic and practical methods to help you reduce stress. The 5 tips are listed and summarised below.
Take a break from the stressor
This was a point we really liked. If there is something specific that is making you stressed, whether it’s work, children or a bill, allow yourself a little timeout. There is nothing like a 20-minute break from whatever is getting you down to give you a new perspective. It’s easy to focus on the negative.
It’s no secret that exercise releases all kinds of positive endorphins in your body. Not to mention it’s like a mini one on one therapy session with your body. APA recognises that a 20-minute session of swimming, running, walking or dancing can give you instant relief that will last you hours. Obviously establishing a weekly exercise routine has more significant benefits to your long-term wellbeing.
Smile and laugh
This one might sound a little crazy, but it’s so easy so why not give it a go!? But there’s also science behind this. People carry stress in their face so by smiling and laughing it can be great for relieving that build up of tension. Why? Because our brains are interconnected with our emotions and feelings.
Get social support
One of the best things you can do to help with relieving stress is reaching out and talking to someone. Whether it’s a friend, colleague or family member. Talking through your stress and anxiety can help make it feel more manageable. It’s also a great way to remember you have a great support system who are there to help.
Lastly, meditation. This probably sounds a bit cliche, but there’s a reason for this! This helps the body to relax and focus. By focusing on the simple, basic movements of your body such as breathing your focus can be regained and have a calming effect. We love this short video tutorial displaying a 60-second breathing exercise that can instantly help to reduce stress. So next time you are feeling anxious or stressed, why not give it a go?