Can you really avoid stress?
Stress is one of those unavoidable things that we encounter regularly throughout our day-to-day life. From our home to our time in the office and even when we’re just out on errands, we often come across things that can trigger stress.
This is also why many people unwind in different ways. Some also try to relieve stress in negative ways, using escape tactics that spiral into destructive behavior. Often, these negative coping mechanisms develop into addictions.
How do you look at stress?
The thing is, stress is part of life. Whether someone cut you in line or you found out a devastating news about a family member, stress comes in many forms. One this is for sure, thought. It does come. In one way or another.
This said, it can either kill us or grow us. There have already been many studies that say how stress can affect our body and cause different kinds of illnesses, from nausea to headaches, to obesity and more.
However, how stress affects us actually depends on how we look at stress. This is because on the other end of the spectrum, stress can grow us and teach us many things. In fact, having a healthier, more positive outlook when it comes to stress can do wonders not just for our body but for our mental health as well.
So, let’s take a look at how the following 6 simple tips can help you cope better with everyday stress and give you a healthier attitude about it.
6 Simple Ways to Deal with Stress
Deep breathing has power. Yoga teachers and even health experts would tell you how much deep breathing exercises can do wonders to your mental and physical state. You can try practicing the 3/3/6 breathing technique whenever you find yourself in a stressful situation and you notice that you have rapid and/or shallow breathing.
To do this, breathe in deeply through your nose for 3 seconds, hold your breath for 3 more seconds, and exhale through your mouth for 6 seconds. You can do this every time you are in a stressful situation and watch how it calms you and clears your mind.
2. Lighten up.
How many times have you smiled or even laughed today? Find humor in every situation and watch how things don’t seem so hard. This is a great way to avoid stress and feel better. This may be easier said than done, but when you shift your perspective, it can be a healthy practice. And if you can’t do that, then just simple spend a few hours curled up on the couch watching funny, light-hearted shows. It can help your circulation and make you more relaxed.
3. Open up your senses.
Mindfulness techniques are successful and effective as a way to avoid stress a reason. It sits on the basic tenet of just being present in the moment. Connect with your senses and with your surroundings. Stop what you’re doing, clear your mind, and just take in what your senses can take in.
4. Consider writing things down.
You don’t have to start a journal. But the next time you’re feeling stressed, try to write down the things you’re feeling and then afterwards read them back to yourself. You may realize how the things you were stressing out a while ago doesn’t really seem that bad. Writing can also be a great outlet to stop yourself from bottling your strong feelings in.
5. Unplug to have better sleep.
This is a two-pronged tip. If you can’t stop yourself from being busy with work and life in general on a daily basis, then take a moment before bedtime to just unplug and relax. Find something you really like doing. Instead of being immersed in the noise of social media or the glaring screens, find a few moments to just wind down and soothe yourself.
6. Be healthy and hydrated.
You owe it to yourself to make healthier food choices. You really don’t have to deprive yourself or follow fad diets, which can further add to your stress. Just eat what you like and just be sure to eat them in moderation. And most of all, make sure you’re always drinking water so that you stay hydrated.
By doing these simple things on a daily basis, you can establish healthy routines that can help you be in a better mental state to handle any stressful situation that may come your way.
Should you need help, however, in letting go of addictive behavior that you use in order to cope, we’re here to help.