We all stress, some more than others. Stress can lead to depression, heart disease, weight loss or gain, sleep problems, or even death. When I stress, I tend to binge eat and lay in bed all day. My face starts breaking out and I just don’t feel like doing anything at all. Stressing isn’t healthy for our bodies so we must find healthier ways to cope with stress and minimize its harmful effects. Here are a few “de-stress” tips for you to try out :
Exercise: This really improves your mood. Find something you love whether it’s yoga, jogging, or just going to the gym will do the trick.
Quiet Time: This is much needed. You can get your thoughts together, pray, have mediation, all in pure silence.
Laugh: Have you ever heard the saying “Laughter is the best medicine?” Well, it really is! You can watch a funny movie, read a comic, or even call up one of your most hilarious friends.
Call your buddy: It’s always good to have a friend that you can talk to. It doesn’t have to necessarily be about what you are stressing about, but call someone you know can cheer you up and has your best interest at heart.
Scream: Just because that’s what you want to do anyway right? Just put a pillow over your face and do it. I said pillow because you don’t want your neighbors to think you are getting murdered. lol.
Eat: Certain foods can help you reduce stress levels. Bananas, carrots, nuts, milk, tea, and pretzels are a few examples.
Find a hobby: Pursue your passion and do what you love doing. Some examples are scrapbooking, dancing, knitting, reading, cooking, etc.
Cry: Crying is very cleansing and it promotes relaxation. Believe me, you feel so much better afterwards, so go ahead and let the tears flow.
Get a Massage: Who doesn’t love a good massage? You need to release that muscular tension. Getting a massage from your partner or even going to a massage parlor will surely do the trick. Make sure to use essential oils!
Sleep: Being exhausted makes it difficult to deal with stress. Find a way to set the mood by stretching or listening to calming music to help you fall asleep.
Sex: No explanation needed.
Most of all remind yourself that most things aren’t that important as you think they are. If it does not stress you in a year, don’t let it stress you now. Stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are. 😉