Stress often causes a mental or emotional strain on ourselves because of life’s circumstances the often seem unavoidable. Not only does it feel like the world is putting pressure on us, but we, in turn, put more pressure on ourselves. We create these standards that we feel we have to live up to and if we don’t we feel like failures. This way of life is not beneficial because you go through your days completely overwhelmed, worried, and stressed. Then, the end result doesn’t feel worth all that strain. Fortunately, we can look at simple ways to reduce stress in our lives and start living in the moment with more positive attitudes about the future.
Don’t Keep It All Inside
When I am really stressed, I tend to isolate myself. I don’t want to be around people because I don’t have the mental or emotional capacity to try to act normal when internally my world is crumbling. This coping mechanism is actually very damaging because it makes us feel like we have to handle all of our problems by ourselves. Most of us are lucky enough to have a good group of friends or support system around us. However, we so often don’t use them when we are stressed. According to the American Psychological Association, sharing your concerns or feelings with other people helps to relieve stress. However, it is important that you share your stress with someone you trust. You want someone who can support and validate you to listen.
More Physical Activity
Exercise not only benefits your mind, but it also benefits your body. There are so many long-term benefits that come from just doing a small amount of moderate exercise each day. And, one of those benefits is stress reduction. When we are stressed out, our bodies are very tense. Doing more physical activity allows us to release that built up energy in a positive and beneficial way. The positive effects of exercise can last for several hours and is a great way to take a break from your work and unwind. I know it can be hard to think of taking a break when you have so much to do, but just a small amount of physical activity can make a huge difference.
I know it can be hard to walk away from your stressors. A crying baby, a dirty house, a growing credit card bill, or even a personal project often times feel like the number one priority in life. However, it’s important to remember that you are the number one priority in your life because when you take care of yourself, everything you do will benefit from that. Meditation and mindfulness allow your body to relax and focus on you. You focus on new perspectives which can lead to self-compassion, forgiveness, and a higher self-worth. All of which will benefit you in your life and may even help you tackle those stressful situations with ease. When you practice mindfulness, you are able to release those negative emotions that were causing you physical stress.