Updated: Mar 20
According to Better Health, "Stress is a process, not a diagnosis. We experience stress when there is an imbalance between the demands being made on us and our resources to cope with those demands. The level and extent of stress a person may feel depends a great deal on their attitude to a particular situation. An event that may be extremely stressful for one person can be a mere hiccup in another person’s life. You may feel under pressure to do something and fear you may fail. The more important the outcome, the more stressed you feel. You can feel stressed by external situations (too much work, children misbehaving) and by internal triggers (the way you think about external situations)." (Better Health Channel, September 2014).
Over the years, I decided to find my way into finding resolutions for coping with stress. It is not easy to live with stress everyday but I think that if we decide to create some healthy small habits, that we decide to take and follow everyday, it will help us reduce our daily stress. For this purpose, here are a few ways you can reduce your daily stress.
Exercise. We all know how exercising is an important way to reduce stress. It is important to use this time to clear your mind off everything and just focus on how you will reach your workout to a 100%. According to www.healthline.com, here are the important reasons of using exercise:
Stress hormones: Exercise lowers your body's stress hormones — such as cortisol — in the long run. It also helps release endorphins, which are chemicals that improve your mood and act as natural painkillers.
Sleep: Exercise can also improve your sleep quality, which can be negatively affected by stress and anxiety.
Confidence: When you exercise regularly, you may feel more competent and confident in your body, which in turn promotes mental wellbeing. (Keri Ann Jennings, Healthline.com, August 28th, 2018). Those are perfect reasons to definitely get into exercising when being under a lot of stress. If you are not used to exercise often, there are many ways to start opening the doors to the exercising life with some small steps. If you don't like running just walk, take a walk on the street, if you don't want to go out walk around your home, put on some earphones, jam into your favorite music and just feel it, sing into it if you need to, you can even start dancing if you feel it like it. Staying active is one of the keys to reduce stress.
Meditation. Meditation is a good way to shut off all the noises into your mind and keep yourself focused into better thoughts for a good amount of time. Taking the time to clear your mind, focus on something else and lie your body into a relaxing way can have a very powerful effect on reducing stress. If you do not know on how to start meditation, you can easily find some answers online by watching some youtube videos or read blogs about meditation and you can also download some meditation applications on your phone. As a bonus here is blog where you can start learning about meditation for beginners, https://www.headspace.com/meditation/meditation-for-beginners
Pray. I know when you see pray, you will definitely think I am trying to get religious on you guys but no. I only wanna share some small tips that can really help on relieving pressure. If you are religious then you know that prayer can help. Whether you are an atheist or religious, pray to the higher being that you believe in and share your concerns and fears into your prayers. In all form of religion, when feeling under pressure, praying helps find your way into relieving this heavy pressure that weighs in your mind.
Sex. Well this is definitely one for the books. Sex can be most of the time a source of stress relief. We all know that sex is one of the greatest feeling a human being can experience when it is done right. During this experience, you do not think about anything anymore, just the pleasure and amazing feeling all your body and mind feel the whole time. When being under pressure and you have the occasion of getting your "grove on" so you can feel better, use that mind blowing moment of pleasure to relieve the pressure your mind was feeling at that time. The feeling of your intercourse with your partner will stay with you for more than a few hours. I know it is not the best guide to cope with stress but if you are in a relationship where your partner can be of help, well then go ahead use that to your advantage and get that pressure relief.
Find a purpose. When we feeling under pressure, sometimes we do not feel like doing anything anymore, we just want to swoop into our blankets, just cry, feel angry or whatever feelings get into your mind. However, I think that negative energy we feel during our stress time, can be used and turned into something good. When I say something good, I want to say that we can find a purpose into our mind where we can get focused on anytime that we are feeling under pressure. Let's say for example, you like dance, well when feeling under pressure just put on some music and then (unless you are at work or business meeting, do no do that, just wait when you get home) dance, dance your heart out until you feel good and tired, and enjoy that passionate moment of yours for a few minutes. Dancing is one example, it can be many things, you can even write, keep a journal always next to you and anytime you struggling with pressure just write down everything that is in your mind and heart and just express them through your words. Whatever you feel like it just write it down, it does not even need to be a journal, you can even write on a piece of paper or napkin for that matter, as long as it helps you feel better, it is the ultimate goal.
The bottom line is we know that there is no real cure for coping with stress but to only find our ways to work around it in our everyday lives. There are so many ways to relieve pressure but all of these ways are tailored for each of us in different ways which help us fight against it. We should not let stress command our lives and let's practice some positive actions which will help us surpass it and be our better selves. Stay happy, lots of love, xoxo.