Stress. It wreaks havoc on your physical health, not to mention your emotional health and well-being. What gets you stressed out? Some familiar triggers are: balancing work and life, finances, your job, your family, a conflict, boundary issues, or traffic/commute.
What are some great ways to lessen the stress in your life? Here are some suggestions:
- Stop comparing yourself to others or to some idealized image.
- Stop the “shoulds.”
- Do something that is nurturing for your body, mind, or soul. Make a list of self-care activities so you can have it whenever you’re feeling stressed.
- Breathe. Sit back, relax your shoulders. Breathe in 3 deep, soulful breaths. Focus on your breathing (and your posture), not your thoughts.
- Take a walk in nature. Focus on the environment around you–not on your thoughts. Work on being present.
- Listen to music that soothes you.
- Go have fun. Do something that will bring you to the present moment.
- Write down your worries, then after you’re done, tell yourself to let it go.
- Find a mantra and repeat it. (Here are some examples: 52 Stress-Reduction Mantras at Mark and Angel Hack Life).
- Create an inspiration board/journal. Gather things that inspire you: quotes, pictures, people, etc. Look at it when you need a shift in your focus.
- Exercise. Run, swim, bike, do yoga, walk with a friend. Move your body and release the stress.
- Change your thoughts and attitude about whatever is stressing you out. If you can’t change the situation, in order to gain peace, change the way you think about it.
- Get a massage.
- Use affirmations. Allow them to replace your stressful thoughts. Here’s one from Louise Hay: I create a stress-free world for myself.
- Say no. Say no to people, jobs, or situations that drain your energy. Which ones enhance your life; which ones detract from it?
How do you cut down on stress? What stresses you out?