No matter where you are in life, you deal with stress every day. Whether you’re a university graduate looking for a job, a new mother trying to balance work and a baby, or a recently divorced 40-year-old making a new life for yourself, stress is simply a part of life.
However, there are things you can do to manage your stress levels and prevent unnecessary stressors
Catch up on Sleep
Sleep is one of the most basic needs your body has. Without it, your emotional and physical wellbeing greatly suffer. You should aim to sleep at least seven or eight hours a night. If that’s not possible, take a nap when you have 30 minutes to spare.
Schedule a Break
If you’re feeling especially stressed out, you need a break. Whether that means going to see a movie without the kids or taking a weekend trip to the beach, treat yourself to some “you” time so you can unwind. If it’s been more than a year since you’ve taken a long vacation, evaluate your work schedule and finances to see if it’s feasible. You deserve it, and your mind will thank you.
Hit the Off Button
Smartphones, tablets, desktops, laptops… it seems like screens have infiltrated our lives at every step. Though technology simplifies many aspects of our lives, it can also cause extra stress. Limit your screen time as much as you can during the day, and set a rule for the time all your devices need to be off at night.
Even if you’ve never considered yourself a writer, jotting your thoughts and feelings down in a journal or diary can be extremely calming. It’s a harmless way to channel your stresses, and it may even help you see the big picture and realise that some problems just aren’t as big as they seem. If you enjoy writing, consider starting a blog to connect you with other people dealing with similar issues.
Exercise is similar to sleep – it has a huge impact on your mental and physical health. Find a physical activity that you enjoy, like running, biking, swimming or playing tennis, and make an effort to do that activity at least three times a week. See if there’s a local running club you can join or a recreational soccer team. Exercising with others can be more fun than doing it alone!
Talk it Out
Many people keep their problems to themselves because they don’t want to annoy their friends. This can be a dangerous strategy as you end up building up lots of negative emotions and energy in the process. Your friends and family love you, and they care about your wellbeing, so they won’t mind listening to you vent about your job or giving you advice when you need it.
Challenge Yourself to Say No
Though it can be hard to say no, saying yes all the time will pack your schedule so tightly that you collapse under the weight of it. If a friend asks you to help her move but you simply don’t have the time, gently let her know that you can’t help with her move, then pick up a nice house warming present later – it saves you time but also lets your friend know you care. When it comes to work, your boss would much rather find someone else to complete a task than have you drop the ball on an important project because your plate is too full.
Identifying and diminishing stress is not an easy task. If you still aren’t sure how to alleviate some of the stress from your life, an Absolute Soul Secrets psychic can expand upon the above tips and give you some guidance about leaving a more fulfilling, peaceful life. Give us a call for a phone psychic reading today – you have no time to waste when stress is crushing your spirit.