Do you feel stressed and overwhelmed most days? Are you overwhelmed by all the thoughts constantly racing through your mind? Though stress is apart of life, it can also make us lose focus of what is truly important. If you are someone who struggles with finding peace and serenity every day, these tips can help.
It is estimated that just exercising 30 minutes a day can dramatically improve your overall mental health. This will give you an area to channel your stress at the end of each day. I like to go to the gym after work so that I can run off the day and get my mind focused on something else. For tips on getting started in the gym, you might want to check out our article here.
Meditate Once A Day
I know that you might be thinking that meditation is for people who only eat vegan products and are into the “all-organic” lifestyle, but it’s not. Meditating for five minutes each day helps you to regulate your breathing and to release your mind from racing thoughts. Try meditating right before you go to bed or right when you get home from work.
Get A Better Sleep Schedule
Often, excess stress arises because we aren’t getting enough sleep each night. How can you not be cranky and anxious when you’re only getting five hours of sleep each night? Though it might be hard to get your body adjusted to sleeping more at first, you will reap the rewards of it later. Try your best to get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night and see if your stress levels improve.
Talk About It
The worst thing you can do when you are experiencing a lot of stress is to keep it all bottled up inside. Often, we are concerned about what people will think if we confided how stressed and overwhelmed we are to them. But, what is more likely, is that people will be able to relate and encourage us. So don’t be afraid to talk to other people about what you are going through. They may be able to offer you advice and relate. Professional counselors in your area are a great resource to consider as well.
Ask For Help
Maybe you’re overwhelmed because you are under too much pressure at work. You might have thought you could juggle work, extra community activities, friendships, working out, cooking, a social life, and planning a festival, but you can’t. It’s ok and healthy to admit that you can’t-do everything. Take a look at your life today, and assess if there are areas that you might need to take off your plate.
Set Realistic Goals
Sometimes, we get overwhelmed because we are not achieving the goals and plans we feel like we should be meeting. But, maybe our plans don’t add up with the amount of time and energy we can give them each week or month. Take a look at your calendar and weekly schedule, and see if maybe the reason you aren’t accomplishing as much because you have too much on your plate. If you need some tips for goal setting, we have an article here that can help.
Set Intentional Times To Relax
Are you taking enough time to refuel and relax each day or weekend? A lot of what may be triggering your stress is that you don’t have any outlets to help you relax. Try setting a time each week that is just a time for you to do nothing but relax. This could be taking a bubble bath, reading a book instead of checking Facebook or just going on a nature hike. Only you can answer the question of what is going to make you relax honestly. Schedule that time into your week, or you’re going to get burnt out.
In conclusion, we live busy, stressful lives, but we don’t need to be slaves to our stress. I hope that these tips can help you as you start to live a calmer life!