Stress and anxiety can affect our daily lives so here is a guide to help alleviate those feelings:
When you are finding things difficult to cope with, think about all the good things you have and appreciate them. Do you have all your basic needs: Food? Clothing? Shelter? Do you have people who love you? Have you got good friends close by who you can talk to? Think about all the bad things happening in the news or of people worse off than you. You might be feeling stressed about something but when you put it into perspective life might not seem all that bad after all.
Talk About It
It’s true that a problem shared is a problem halved. If you are worried about something, talk to someone about it. They can give you advice and pointers to help you and even if they cannot directly do anything about it, just sharing your problem and getting it out of your head will automatically make you feel better. Don’t bottle things up, whether it be problems or emotions. Get them out in the open as this will make things easier to deal with. If you need to, you can always contact a helpline if you are finding it difficult to talk to someone you know about your worry.
This will not only take your mind off what is bugging you, but it will also enable the body to release endorphins (a.k.a. “happy hormones”) which in turn make feel happier. Exercise can boost your confidence and give you a new set of friends to talk to about anything that’s worrying you too.
Having a walk in the fresh air can do a world of good and help you think your problem through. Walking in the woods, along a beach or even just into town and back can help you feel more able to confront your worry and deal with it more effectively. Just sitting in the garden on a nice, sunny day can help you feel better. A good idea is to look at water fountains for the outdoors as these can have a calming, soothing effect.
Make Time for You
Find a hobby or interest to distract yourself with and to explore. You will find like-minded people to surround yourself with and doing something you enjoy will make you feel better about yourself. Make time to relax too: whether it’s watching a film, having a relaxing bath or going for a massage, make sure you fit some pamper time into your busy schedule.
The most important thing to do if you are feeling stressed is to do something about it. You need to take responsibility and deal with it. Accept there are things you cannot change, for example being made redundant at work, but think about things you can do about it, such as search for a new job. Challenge yourself to do things you never thought possible and you will soon conquer your stress and feel much happier and healthier.