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5 Ways To Manage Stress Effectively

Overwhelm due to stress can manifest in different ways and severity. It could show up as an emotional or physical disturbance or both simultaneously. It can affect our thinking, mood, and how well we handle responsibilities. Because stress is common and something that we all experience at some point in our lives, and it is important to learn how to manage it effectively. Fortunately, there are several ways of decreasing stress levels and minimizing overwhelm and negative symptoms. Let’s talk about some of the most effective methods.

Talk About Your Feelings

One important way to manage stress is by talking about your feelings and what is pushing you into overwhelm. Unfortunately, so many of us hold in our feelings and allow them to build up until we have an eruption of emotion. However, this often makes the situation worse than it was before. It’s always best to talk about your problems with someone you trust if you can.

Talking helps release any tension you have built up over time, make sure to express those emotions as soon as you can. If talking to a person doesn’t help, you can also try writing it all down in a journal or diary.  

Exercise

A great way to manage stress levels is through physical activity. Regular exercise releases endorphins into the bloodstream that work as natural painkillers and mood-boosters. In addition, exercise is an effective way to counteract anger, frustration, and other negative emotions that tend to build up when we are stressed.

Not only does exercise help reduce stress levels, but it also helps improve our overall health. For example, regular aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, and even some forms of cancer. So, make sure you add at least 30 minutes of physical activity to your day.

Make Personal Time a Priority

It is also important to make time for yourself that has nothing to do with work or responsibilities. This time can be doing anything that relaxes you, such as reading, taking a bath, meditation, listening to free relaxing music, or spending leisure time with friends and family. These activities help us rejuvenate our minds and bodies so that we can feel refreshed and ready to take on whatever challenges come our way. If possible, try to schedule at least 30 minutes each day just for yourself. 

Get Quality Sleep

Another way of managing stress levels is by getting enough quality sleep. Most people need seven to eight hours of sleep each night, but this varies from person to person. Pay attention to how you feel with various amounts of sleep. This way you can find what works best for you. 

If you find that you are constantly struggling with stress, try going to bed and waking up at the same time each day, so your body gets into a routine. This will help make it easier for you to fall asleep and wake up feeling refreshed rather than tired and overwhelmed. Also, make sure that your sleeping environment is dark, quiet, and cool so that you can get the most restful sleep possible.

Practice Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness might end up being the most challenging of all the activities that curb stress. This is because women can be so busy and responsible for many people and areas of life. That said, it is certainly a vastly important part of overall health and wellness.

Mindfulness is staying in the present moment and enjoying what you are doing without letting your mind wander off into worry about past events or future anxieties. This can also be done with meditation, which involves a more intense focus. Practicing both of these mindfulness acts can help you to cultivate gratitude and joy without really changing life circumstances. The concept behind this method of managing stress is that our thoughts tend to run away from us when we aren’t paying attention which leads to feeling overwhelmed and anxious (and stressed). 

Overall, paying attention to how you feel physically and emotionally is the most important way to find life balance. This is even more imperative when life is full and complex, such as it is for many women. Remember, you can’t be helpful and supportive to others when you aren’t functioning balanced and from a healthy place. Take the necessary steps to find what helps you feel whole and at peace.

 

About Madeline

Madeline is a mid-west mom of three who spends most of her time refilling ice trays and changing toilet paper...just kidding. She is a high school guidance counselor, all around funny gal, and a writer. Her first book, Be Happy Already!", is in the works.

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