We all find ourself at times worrying over things that we have no control over. For this reason, many people today are seeking ways to reduce stress and eliminate depression.
Stress is a killer. It can lead to inflammation throughout your body, triggering the onset of a number of less than desirable health conditions. It also attacks your emotions and mind, which can lead to neurological disorders, emotional eating, detachment from friends and family, anxiety and depression.
Unfortunately, stress happens to everyone. That means you need to know how to deal with stress effectively. Consider the following 5 practices the next time a stressful situation arises, and stress will have a minimal negative impact in your life.
5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself During Stressful Times
1 – Meditate
I put this as number 1 because I have found this to be the most beneficial. Effective meditation has been proven for centuries to reduce stress and anxiety, and in the last couple of years, it has proven to be the most effective for me. There are plenty of free and paid meditation resources online to help you get started. Remember that you don’t have to be in a particular physical environment or area to meditate. Your time investment can be minimal as well. Close your eyes, calm your mind, focus on your breathing and in just a few minutes you can feel the stress slipping away.
2 – Change Your Environment
If it is possible to leave your stressful situation, do it! Take a walk. Get outside in the sun. Take off your shoes and walk through a grassy field. Read a few pages of a book. Maybe even call a friend and have a chat for a little bit. Sometimes your environment is causing your stress, and by walking away from it, even just 5 or 10 minutes, and shifting your focus, can help your situation.
3 – Treat Your Body Right
Sometimes your stressful situation is your body’s way of telling you that you are unhealthy. It very well may not be the reason at all, but if your body isn’t able to functioning to the best of its ability, then it can be an added stress. This means eating right, less fast food and processed food items, and more fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and berries. Get some exercise as well, at least 3 to 5 days a week. Make sure you’re getting plenty of rest, and drinking lots of water.
4 – Create a Chill Out Zone.
As I mentioned above, your environment can sometimes dictate your mood. Create a nurturing place at home, and at work if possible, a chill out zone. When things get a little too stressed, I go out to my chill out zone, meditate for 10mins, then all’s good, I can carry on with the tasks I was doing. Keep it simple, with as few objects and possessions as possible. Add pictures and music that soothe you and make you happy. This is a place where you can mentally reset your emotions, minimizing the impact of stress.
5 – Look at Things Objectively
Could your view on the situation be actually causing you more stress. We all do it, sometimes we can have a tendency to over-exaggerate a situation, one way that helped me was to look at my circumstances as if I was a nonjudgmental outsider. If you can’t do that, talk to a friend about it, and get them to look over the situation. This helps to identify the real cause of stress, and then you can act accordingly.
Hopefully there is something here that can help you through a stressful period, even if it’s just one of the steps.
Til next time,
Stay safe, stay smiling!