Stress is part of life. Anything from death of a loved one to just simply being too busy can cause stress. Since we all have it from time to time—the trick is how we deal with it. The key is to find what works for you. There is no point using a relaxation technique if it just makes you more stressed or agitated. Here are 5 suggestions to beat stress.
Exercise. You may find going for a walk in a peaceful environment is a great way to de-stress or you may prefer something more intense. This will very much depend on you! Examples that may help include running, walking, yoga, tai chi, cycling or weight training. If at work, it may be as simple as doing some push-ups and lunges or going for a quick lunchtime walk or run. Whatever your choice, try to ‘lose yourself’ in the activity. Just focus on the activity and leave your worries until after you have finished your workout. You will often feel that things seem better than they did before you exercised.
Eat good food. Foods that provide long lasting energy and are nutritious are best for dealing with stress. Choose protein and low glycaemic carbohydrates to keep you energised. Also, select a range of foods (throughout the day) to give your body the nutrition it needs to help you cope with stress.
Hydrate. Drink an adequate amount of fluid (ideally non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic). The amount you should drink is dependent upon your size and the environmental conditions, e.g. hot weather and air-conditioning will de-hydrate you more quickly. Listen to your body. If you are in tune with your body, it will tell you when you need to drink. Have water (ideally) conveniently located so that you can take a drink anytime without interrupting your day. For some people, herbal tea can be a good choice to help relax them.
Plan an end-of-day escape. It’s easier to get through a stressful day when you know there’s something to look forward to at the end of the day. For example, it may be a long bath, massage, catching up with a friend or playing with the kids.
Write it down. On nights when you can’t sleep, write down any concern or thought that’s keeping you awake. Once your thoughts are down on paper and not running around in your head you will be more likely to get to sleep.