We can all get super stressed out at times, and that feeling really sucks. Not only that, but too much stress is really bad for our mental and physical health. A small amount isn't harmful, for example, when we're working towards a big deadline. The adrenalin, that stress causes our bodies to produce, can actually help keep us alert so that we achieve our goal. However, too much adrenaline coursing through our veins constantly, negatively impacts our immune system and heart. This is why it's extremely important not to function in a constant state of stress, so, combat it with these 8 great tips!
Work out what it is that is actually stressing you out!
The first step towards feeling better is identifying the cause.
You've taken the first step of identifying your stress. Now, take control of it. What practical steps can you take to manage the stress? Is it too much work? Think about how you could delegate, or manage your time better.
Help other people!
Research indicates doing something good for others can help you feel happier, therefore more relaxed and less stressed. Donate just a little of your down time to a good cause and feel better inside!
Spend quality time with your friends!
Telling someone how you feel can help you identify and face the problem that's got you feeling this way. So, you can stress about it less!
Avoid unhealthy habits.
It may be tempting to use alcohol or drugs to help you relax. But, these substances don't actually relax you, conversely, even if they feel relaxing, they actually keep your body in a continued state of stress.
Exercise might feel like the last thing that you want to do after a busy day in the office. Yet, once you get going, you will find the endorphins that are produced help relieve your tension!
Set yourself small, achievable, challenges then go out and do them! It will make you feel organized and capable.
Put aside some quality time to spend with… yourself! Do whatever it is that would make you feel happy at that time. Treat yourself!