There will always be situations that stress us out every day (called stressors). What’s important is that we learn to control ourselves, practice mindfulness so that we won’t let these stresses lead us to make bad decisions or even worse.
Lately, I’ve been stressed out, and it’s been getting to me. However, I’ve found ways to temporarily help me calm my nerves, but also constant activities that helps me to relieve my stress. I think this is the first time I’ve ever acknowledge stress or took notice of it. To be honest, I don’t like it, it’s the most annoying thing to ever happen to me. It’s lead me to eat without thinking and do other things that aren’t good for me.
But one thing I know I’ve learned not to do so in regard to stress: ignoring it. I suggest to you too to not ignore your stress but pay attention to it and see how it affects your well-being.
In this blog post, I will be giving you a list of things to help you with relieving your stress. I hope that one of these below assists you to live life beautifully and enjoy yourself truly, despite the stress.
Let’s get started.
- Cry about it, whether it is with a trusted friend or family member.
- Be in the moment. If something is bothering you, then stop yourself and take the present moment in.
- Talk about it with a trusted friend or family member.
- Take a break from the what you’re doing.
- Walk around your neighborhood. Appreciate nature and what’s around you.
- Meditate on what makes you happy, glad, and joyful.
- Leave your worries to God by praying!
- Read your bible, particularly your favorite so you can be encouraged and uplifted.
- Take breathing exercises, in and out. Make sure it’s not forced breathing so you won’t hurt yourself. Make sure when you’re breathing you also don’t think about the situation, but think about your favorite happy thing or place.
- Plan out your day, or week. That way you won’t be able to forget what your plan was on a specific day, which lessens your stress.
- When I am stressed or whatnot, sleeping helps me relax my body, but also my mind. So when I do wake up, I am not stressed anymore.
- Have a favorite song you like listening to? Listen to it while you’re driving, or when you’re at home. Let your body feel the song as you move to the rhythm.
- Though exercise can be an activity where you push yourself to the limit, it’s also a great way to release stress. Do a little jog, run, or even play your favorite Zumba DVD. Get moving!
- Writing poems is one of the ways I personally get over something. If you like writing poems, you can use this activity to write about your feelings, as a means to let your feelings out.
- Use a journal to let your emotions out. You can either write it out and throw the thoughts away, or you can wait a few weeks and look back to what you’ve written. The latter can help you understand yourself but also the situation you were in so you can make better choices and focus on what is important. I have a written a guide to journaling that’ll explain to you the reasons why journaling can help you live your best life, even when stressed!
- There is nothing wrong with therapy. Sometimes having a professional hear you out and give you some thoughts to what you’re saying can help you understand your stress and yourself.
- Buy yourself a scented candle or an oil diffuser for your home. Let the aroma of your room relax you while you read a book or even watch a bit of television.
- Get a body or shoulder massage. You can even buy yourself a shoulder massage so when you go home, your massage is awaiting you at home.
- Don’t let yourself eat junk food. Junk food, in the long run, as we all know, can be detrimental to our bodies physically and even mentally.
- Drink Lots Of Water, specifically 72oz of water. It helps you regulate your body and
- Use Herbs & Spices On Your Food such as Basil or Tumeric. These two herbs/spices help you decrease your stress ad anxiety.
- Drink your favorite tea.
- Daydream your day away. Let your imagination help you think of your favorite place while you may be at work or someplace at.
- Drink Wine, Sparingly
- Take a nice warm shower to relax you, or a cold shower if you prefer.
- Take a Bubble Bath while reading a book or soft music.
- Go and watch the clouds outside.
- Create something out of nothing like paper origami. A website called Origami Way gives you certain folding crafts you can do on your downtime.
- Buy a coloring book and use it to relax you.
- Draw something in your journal.
Here are also some journal prompts to clear out your thoughts so that you can be more mindful of your stress.
- How do you feel right now?
- How would you like to feel right now?
- If there was anything you can do to get out of the situation, what would it be?
- Is this a new stressor or an ongoing one?
- How are you handling your ongoing stresses?
- If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?
- Think about today or the last time you had stress. What did you do to relieve it? Did it help? Why or why not?
- What can I do t relieve this stress? How can I go about doing this?
- If the same stress happened tomorrow, how can I better handle it than I did today?
- What are some things you can be thankful for despite the stressor?
- How can this stressor help me become a better person?
- What sort of blessing can you see beyond this stress?
- What are some values you can add to your life right now despite the stress?
- Is there any improvement that you can do to lessen the stress?
There you go!
I hope this post has helps you out. I know we all tend to get so stressed and just want to pull our hair out! But you don’t have to do that. Simply acknowledge the stress and do something to relieve your feelings by doing an activity that I’ve listed above.
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What are some activities do you do to relieve stress? Let me know in the comments below!
Until Next Time,