Most people are aware of the effect stress has on mental health, but it can also affect physical health. Determining why you become stressed, and identifying effective solutions for managing stress are important to your overall health. Here are some tips to improve the way you deal with daily stresses.
Visualize yourself calm when you are overwhelmed. Imagine yourself taking a relaxing bath or hot shower and notice that your stress levels will lessen. Try breathing deep and slow with your eyes closed, and imagine your happy place. Is it the beach?
Make a list of your stressors and number them from one to ten according to the amount of stress they cause you. Allow one to be the bottom of the meter, “little to no stress”, while ten is extremely catastrophic situations. This exercise can help you to not sweat the small stuff.
Avoid unneeded stress by keeping your belongings in good repair. Think of three things in your life that could use repairs, then fix them! By doing so, you are eliminating three potential headaches further down the road.
Having a pet can lower your stress level. Researchers have discovered that physical contact with an animal can help relieve stress.
Many activities which most people associate with good times can actually induce stress in some individuals. For instance, video games are a great way to relax but playing for hours every day will increase your stress because you might not have enough time for other tasks. You could easily use this time for sleep or eating, so consider prioritizing your day differently.
As was discussed in the beginning and throughout this article, stress can have a negative effect on your mental and physical health. Hopefully, this advice given can not only help you identify what’s causing you stress, but can also help you sort it out and live a more happy and healthy life!