Stress. Everyone experiences it as some point, some more than others. Stress can manifest in many ways and from many causes, including work, home life, relationships, studies, and more. Symptoms such as changes in appetite, sleep problems, feeling overwhelmed, mood swings, and even nausea and vomiting can be indicators of stress.
Nobody wants to live every day feeling stressed. So, what can you do about it?
Identify Your Stressors
Stress doesn’t come out of nowhere. What’s the cause? It may not be as obvious as you think. Sometimes, stress can run deep, so it’s important to be honest with yourself and really identify the cause.
Eat Healthy Meals
When you’re stressed, it can be tempting to dive into the nearest tub of ice cream and wallow in your worries. It may make you feel better at first, but if it becomes a habit you won’t be doing yourself any favors. Eat fruits and veggies, plan your meals, and drink lots of water. Eating right is an act of self-love, and you’ll feel better for it.
Did you know? Exercise can decrease levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and increase levels of endorphins (the feel-good chemical) in your body. Physical activity can be an outlet for stressors or a way to channel them and let them go. Choose something that you enjoy doing—you don’t want the idea of the activity to cause more stress!
Accept What You Can’t Control
Sometimes we stress over things we have no control over. It can be hard to let go, but holding on to things you cannot change will just contribute to your stress. You may not have control over the situation, but you do have control over your reaction. Give yourself a break and try to stay calm. Seek out emotional support from others if it will help you cope with the situation in a healthier way.
What makes you feel relaxed? When you’re feeling stressed, it can help to carve out some time to do things you really enjoy, like taking a hot bath, reading a book, or meditating. Spend time with people you love, hang out with your pets, and take some time for yourself. Your health and happiness are the most important thing, so don’t feel guilty about relaxing.
Stress doesn’t have to rule your life. Take these tips with you next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, and take back your life from your stress.