Find what works for you

While we might not be able to control the stress in our lives all the time, we can control how we react to it and what we manage it. Everyone’s lifestyle varies and stress does affect everyone differently so each person must seek ways that can ease their stress. Some people find pleasure and relaxation in one activity that can cause someone else more stress and tension. It is important to note what works for you. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Spend time outdoors. Nature can bring about a sense of serenity, happiness, and appreciation.
  • Engaging in gardening activities gives us a sense of satisfaction as we see the fruits of our labor, efforts, and dedication grow and bloom.
  • Read a book or watch a movie. While this might not solve a problem, it serves as a distraction, giving us some time to come back to it with a sense of less urgency.
  • Call or visit a friend. Engaging in social activities with others provides emotional support and connection.
  • Protect your time by learning to say no and establishing and respecting your own bedtime. Many times, we run out of time to do our own things because we are busy helping others and this in turn can push our bedtime later. Help others when you can but do not let it overwhelm you.
  • Look at your surroundings. Are you accumulating items so much that your environment now is cluttered? Take time to clear it as a cluttered space can lead to a cluttered mind. Another tip would be to step out of your surroundings especially if you tend to spend a lot of time in a particular space. Sometimes we just need to change our environment for a little bit to relieve some stress.
  • Enjoy the arts. Watch or engage in performing arts. Do you like to sing, or do you know how to play a musical instrument? Give it a try or just listen to some great tunes. Music influences emotions and the body.
  • Creating visual art promotes relaxation. When was the last time you colored or doodled? Do not strive for perfection, just enjoy! 
  • Engage in physical activity. Whether it is an exercise routine, playing a sport, or walking, physical activity produces endorphins and helps reduce stress.
  • Nourish your body. Don’t skip meals. Eat healthy and balanced meals. Stress can cause a person to overeat or not eat enough.

These are just some simple tips that you can do to help relieve some stress. Learn more about stress management techniques such as breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, and massage.