Stress can appear at any place, any time. No one can avoid stress completely, and we all have to discover our own best coping mechanisms. Even if a method has been working for a while, it might stop working at any time, so be ready to change things up. Below are some good ways to control your stress.
Prepare tonight, in any way possible, for tomorrow’s tasks and you will feel pleasantly surprised at how much less stress you will feel upon waking in the morning. All the different little things that you must handle during the day can add to the stress that you feel. Simple things, such as getting your purse or briefcase ready at night, making up your lunch when you fix dinner, can get you ahead of the game.
Keep your body in good shape and get regular check-ups so that you have less to worry about. If you don’t take preventative measures to protect your health, that can lead to problems; not only that, but wondering and worry about your health can lead to stress. Make and keep your check-up appointments, follow through with screenings and enjoy the relaxed frame of mind you will have from knowing your body is free of health issues.
Sniff your way stress-free. Several different scents including basil, anise, and lavender have calming effects. Use a small vial to mix a little rock salt with a few drops of your favorite oil. If you are under stress, simply open the container, and breathe in the aroma.
Having animals around can provide stress relief. Studies have shown that the mere act of interacting with pets can reduce your stress level.
Writing about your stress is a great eliminator of it. Sometimes there are things in life that stress us out that we feel we cannot talk to others about, but when you sit down and write them out, it can help relieve the stress of the situation. In the future, it will be handy to be able to refer back to these notes, and if the situation has arisen again you will know how you alleviated the problem the first time around.
When people are stressed they sometimes turn to drugs like alcohol to calm them down. This is a way people choose to temporarily relieve the negative and overwhelming feelings that they don’t have control over. Alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs will not solve your problems. Drugs and alcohol will instead make your life even harder and add to the stress you are already dealing with.
There are some things that can cause you stress without you even realizing it. You might think those action packed video games are relaxing you, but when you spend time that you need for other things on playing them, it ends up being more stressful in the long run. You could be using this time to sleep or prepare a good meal.
Getting stress to the point where it doesn’t affect you that much, takes a lot of preparation and a lot of soul-searching. It’s possible, if you keep in mind that you control your thoughts and that stress is only a visitor. Don’t let stress stay and you’ll be a happier person very soon.