Stress can have a devastating effect on your physical and emotional health. While you can’t completely avoid stress, you can use these tips to cope with it in healthy ways!
Take a break.
Stepping back from whatever is stressing you out can help make it more manageable, even if it’s just a short break. Whether it’s going for a quick walk around the block or taking a much needed vacation, taking breaks is a valuable way to reduce stress. To ensure that you don’t forget about them or put them off, put breaks into your schedule and stick to them.
Do something active.
Exercise has a powerful impact on your mood. Research has shown that provided you do it in a healthy manner, exercise can improve your mood not just during exercise, but after you’ve completed your workout. It releases endorphins, which triggers positive feelings, and because you’ll be focusing on your workout, it will distract you from your stress and allow you to clear your head.
Take care of yourself.
When you’re stressed out, it may be tempting to dive into a hot-fudge sundae or a bowl of mac-and-cheese. But rather than trying to drown your stress in comfort food, eat a healthy, well-balanced diet of lean protein, complex carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables. Eating healthy foods will make you feel much better in the long run, and emotionally, you’ll feel better knowing you’re making good choices for your body.
You should also make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Being tired will only add to your stress, so make getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night a priority!
Talk it out.
While it can be tempting to try to cope with stress by yourself, turning to your loved ones can be a powerful way to deal with stress. They may be able to offer solutions or a new perspective on what’s bothering you. And while they may not be able to solve all of your problems, knowing that someone is listening to you can make it much easier to deal with them.
Put yourself first.
Many people struggle to say no when other people ask for help, even if they’re already overwhelmed with stress. This can make you more vulnerable to take on more than you can handle. While it’s great to think of other people, remember that it’s okay to put yourself first when you need to. It will be better for both you and the people you love in the long run!
Coping with stress in healthy ways is a key part of taking care of yourself physically and emotionally. For more tips for a happy and healthy life, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!