10 Ways You Can Deal with Stress
Stress is everywhere in our daily lives. Your boss can be over-controlling, your wife can be overly jealous, your papers have close deadlines, and you are always having trouble to keep things up.
Still, there are ways to manage your stress levels, so you do not end up acquiring a mental disorder. In the paragraphs below, I summarize some of the tips I have found and used to deal with my stress, and I can attest the effectiveness of at least half of them.
- Sleep more
Sleeping more is just one of the easiest ways to reduce stress. Your body will relax the muscles, easing the pressure on your nerves, bones and internal organs. Your blood pressure will decrease, giving you less headaches, ocular fatigue, and other things.
The amount of sleep changes from organism to organism, and it depends on the age, gender, and diet. It is recommended to look for the assistance of a specialist on sleep, as they can tell you how much you need to sleep more or less and how is the quality of your sleep.
- Exercise more
Sometimes is about lack or excess of sleep, but other times it is just lack of exercising. When you walk, sing (still burns calories as hell), dance or whatever it is that you like to do, exercising is a good way to relieve stress, that is, if you are not a professional in those activities, which then you should avoid them.
When running, for instance, you can relax your brain from stressful thoughts and other worries. All you need to do is to focus on the road (or treadmill).
- Eat more
While this is one of the symptoms of the stress on some people, some people do not eat at all when they are stressed. To compensate this, eat more, but healthy food. Salads, fruits, and cereal bars are good ways to keep yourself fed and will make you stop for a while. If you are overeating, use the tip above instead.
- Get a hobby
While exercising is good, there are times that the weather does not allow it, or you got injured. This is why it is important to have a hobby to relieve the stress. Whether playing cards, reading a book or marathoning a series, you will reduce your stress levels.
- Plan your day
To decrease the level of stress in your day, one of the most effective things is to plan all your day. When you do this, you will have a better understanding of what happens in it, what are the things that stress you more and how much time you have for yourself. This takes us to the next two tips.
- Avoid the stressful situations
After you have planned your day, you will have identified the most stressful situations that happen in your routine. Take the ones that you can skip and simply don’t do them. Do you drive to your work and get stuck in the traffic? Go by bus then. Or take the subway. Even better, walk or ride a bike.
- Accept that things are what they are
If you have planned your day and found out that the things that stress you the most are inevitable, just let it go. Remember Lion King? Hakuna Matata. It is of no use to you to worry about something you do not have control over.
After you have accepted that your papers will not be done by themselves and that your deadlines are what they are and that you will have to do it, you will feel less pressure about it and consequently, less stress.
- Have a lot of friends
Having a lot of friends will let you spit out your problems without overburdening one or another with them all. It will also be good that you can always count on someone to a program or two, like going to the movies, paintball or one of your hobbies.
- Adopt a pet
Technically, this could count on the list of friends that you have, but they are more like family than friends. Adopting a pet may be troublesome at first, while you and your new family member get used to each other, but on the long run, there are only benefits. You will have something good to worry about, you will be able to spread your affection, as pets love caresses and they will always be eager for your return home.
- If all else fails, take a break
If none of the things I mentioned above showed any results whatsoever, it is time for you to take a break. It does not need to be a long break, just a few days. Take a quick trip to the nearest touristic towns. Visit faraway relatives, take a change of breath and then come back to your routine. This will do wonders for your stress and will improve your health.
It is always easy to overlook the symptoms of stress on your health. It is even easier to let yourself to become overburdened with it, but with the tips that I wrote here, you will feel like another person in no time at all.
I personally plan my day (in fact, the whole month) carefully to avoid the stressful situations, have lots of different hobbies and am always looking to meet new people. The last trip I took was about 18h of distance from here. I took a bus, met some people along the way, visited a new city, experienced new airs and came back. It was great.
And if I did it, you can do it too. Remember, the true key to master the stress is first to understand what it is and what you can do about it.