Let’s face it…life can be pretty stressful sometimes.
Especially when you’re juggling your job with being a mother and a wife!
It’s important to take a step back every now and then and breeeeeeeeeeathe.
The worst thing you can do is resort to unhealthy habits such as smoking or drinking.
Research has shown the key to healthy stress management is to build emotional strength, take control of your situation, have a solid social network, and a positive outlook.
But rest assured, we have rustled up 10 super easy stress-busters for you. This way you’ll be able to feel as cool as a cucumber…or perhaps even as strong as superwoman!
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1. Get active.
Exercise regularly to reduce some of the emotional intensity you’re feeling. Clearing your mind and is a huge stress reliever! Not only does exercise increase your overall health and your state of well-being, it also pumps up your endorphins, which helps you to feel good and positive!
Researchers have stated that as little as 5 minutes of aerobic exercise a day can begin to stimulate anti-anxiety effects.
2. Take control.
Remember, there’s a solution to any problem. Taking a back seat and having a mentality of I can’t do anything to solve my problem will make your stress worse.
That feeling of losing control is one of the main causes of stress and a lack of well being.
Start thinking of solutions: what will work, what would help, what other options are available.
Taking control of a situation is empowering. It is crucial to find a solution that puts YOU at ease and not someone else.
3. Connect with people.
Having good support from friends, family and colleagues can help ease your troubles. It can make you see things from a different perspective. It’s important to connect with people as you can turn to them for support when you need help.
Socializing is a great way to help you connect with people. Go out with friends, book an activity or a day trip. Doing activities with friends can help us to relax, have fun and most importantly…laugh! Which is an excellent stress reliever!
4. Get some ‘me time’.
People in the UK generally work the longest hours in Europe. Therefore we don’t really spend enough time doing things we enjoy. But as research has stated, we all need to take out some time for socializing, relaxation and/or exercise. Try setting aside a couple nights a week for some quality ‘me time’! You’ll be surprised by how taking a little break can really relax you and make you feel better!
Try setting aside a couple nights a week for some quality ‘me time’! You’ll be surprised by how taking a little break can really relax you and make you feel better.
5. Challenge yourself.
Try setting yourself goals and challenges, like ‘finishing my report in a week, instead of two’, ‘burning 200 calories in 30 minutes’ or even ‘share my views on that book I was reading at lunch’. By challenging yourself can help you build up your confidence and deal with stress!
By challenging yourself can help you build up your confidence and deal with stress.
6. Avoid unhealthy habits.
Regular consumption of alcohol, smoking and caffeine as a coping mechanism is not good for you. Having unhealthy habits doesn’t solve anything except worsen your health. Seek for alternative stress relievers like sipping on green tea, going for a walk or playing a game on your phone.
Seek alternative stress relievers like sipping on green tea, going for a walk or playing a game on your phone.
7. Helping others helps you.
Research has found people who help others through activities such as volunteering or community work become much more resilient. In addition, helping others who are in a much worse situation than yours can help put your problems into perspective and help you see it’s not as bad as you thought it was. If you’re short of time, try helping others by doing them a quick
If you’re short of time, try helping others by doing them a quick favour, helping an elderly cross the road, or even filling out a customer service form from a store you shopped at!
8. Work smarter, not harder.
Working smarter means prioritizing your work and concentrating on tasks that need to be done sooner. Leave the least important tasks for last. It’s also important to accept the fact that your workload may always be full. However, using this method can help the tasks be completed in a more rapid, efficient and effective manner.
9. Be positive.
Always look on the brighter side of life. Be grateful for what you have. Often people look at what they don’t have, rather than what they do have. If you’re feeling down, write down three things that are good in your life – this will help to keep you feeling more positive and motivated 🙂
10. Accept the things you can’t change.
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Some situations just cannot be changed. When situations like this occur, try concentrating on things you do have control over.
For example, if your company is going bust and making redundancies, try to find the positives in this: you’ll get to start a new job, probably with better pay, and probably in a higher position. It’s a new beginning!
So take a step back and breathe…just know you’re not alone and everyone has their struggles in life. But by maintaining a positive mind and implementing our 10 stress busters, you’ll be feeling ready to conquer the world again!