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5 Ways To Take Care Of Yourself During Times Of Stress

Whenever we have periods of stress, worry or sadness, it can be difficult to take proper care of ourselves. If it goes on for a lengthy period of time, negative feelings can cause physical effects such as fatigue and a lack of energy. This disrupts our ability to function normally. This is why it’s so crucial to take care of yourself during times of stress. Here are a few things you can do to help stay balanced and healthy.

Eat Well

While going through a rough patch, it’s tempting to eat foods that may not be the best for us. Emotional eating is actually a coping mechanism that many people use whenever they feel down or are stressed. And, though, eating junk food and sugar might offer an immediate rush, an inevitable crash follows, leaving you worse off than before. 

It’s amazing how much food can affect mental wellbeing. Eating a balanced, nutrient rich diet of mostly fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, and complex carbohydrates provides want your mind and body needs to perform fully. Make an effort to keep your diet balanced during times of stress.

Seek Support

Trying to battle through stress, grief, sadness, and other negative situations without help may not be the best choice. We are a community-oriented species and need the support of others to function our best. I recommend staying in touch with friends and family during hard times, so you can talk, share, and receive comfort and the help you need. Do also consider going to a therapist or counselor if you need more professional help.

Use Sacred Items

I am a big fan of carrying and using sacred items to stay calm and balanced. My favorites are crystals, collectibles, and sentimental treasures such as friendship bracelets or necklaces for cremation ashes. These special items hold energy and can help you to think about the positive. They also can extend hope and give something to focus on if you’re stressed or anxious.

Get Outside 

Negative emotions and stress can create the desire to curl up on the couch and do nothing. However, in some cases, this behavior can actually make things worse. I recommend getting outside when you feel down. Simply smelling the fresh air and feeling the sun on your face can have a huge impact on your mood. I like to talk walks when I feel stressed or overwhelmed. It often helps me to feel better within a few minutes.

Schedule Relaxation Time

Feelings of stress and negativity can increase dramatically when they are left to fester and grow. One of the best activities you can do to take the edge off of stress is relaxing. Meditation, prayer, yoga, bathing, and walking are all purposeful things that bring balance and feelings of well-being. Scheduling and engaging in these activities frequently can have a positive impact on your mental health and life.

 

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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