Today we discuss 10 Ways to Deal With Stress. Stress is something that we all have to deal with from time to time. Unfortunately, some of us have to far too often. Stress is a natural part of life and not all stress is bad. Sometimes it motivates us to do what is necessary to make changes in our lives that need to be made. It also has a way of making us appreciate the non-stressful times even more. However, sometimes stress goes beyond the norm and when that happens it can very negatively affect our day to day life and even our health.
We need to be aware of the signs that our stress is becoming more that we can handle alone. Listed below are a few things that might indicate stress is taking a toll on your body. We will discuss how to alleviate some of these problems in a bit, but please remember, sometimes we need to seek medical or psychological assistance in order to regain the sense of well-being that we once had.
Do You Suffer From:
- Jaw or Tooth Pain
- Grinding or clenching your teeth at night is sometimes caused by stress. This is not something that we remember doing of course but, you will notice the after effects which are typically, jaw or tooth pain.
- Hair Loss or Shedding
- Stomach or Digestive Issues
- Stress can cause a disruption of your digestive process. Diarrhea or constipation or stomach pain or cramping could be due to stress.
- Trouble Sleeping or Insomnia
- Acne or Rashes
Below are some ways that we can de-stress and recharge our batteries so we can deal with whatever life challenges us with.
10 Ways to Beat Stress
Go For A Run
You’ve probably heard of a “runner’s high”. This is due to endorphins that are released with exercise. Endorphins are chemicals that interact with the receptors in your brain to reduce the perception of pain. They trigger a positive feeling of well-being. Exercise is so good not only for your physical health but your mental health as well.
Read A Book
Reading is good for the soul. It can take you away to another place and time. It is like a mini mental vacation. Getting engulfed in a good book can make all the stress of your day take a back burner, at least for a little while.
Color or Draw
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved to color. When my kids were small I used to always color with them. I think I enjoyed it more than they did, to be honest. Still, to this day I enjoy it very much, so when they came out with adult coloring books a few years back, I couldn’t wait to go get me one. Needless to say, I have a few of them now and I thoroughly enjoy when I have a little time to drag out my gel pens and go to town. It truly takes your mind away from the worries of the day and drawing is no different. Not every one of us has the ability to draw, however. Some of us just color but either way, it’s our creation and it does our heart and soul good to make something beautiful.
It may sound funny but it’s impossible to be stressed when you are genuinely laughing. Try it! We’ve all heard the old adage, “Laughter is the best medicine”. There really is something to it. Pop in a funny movie, turn on the comedy channel, or just call your wacky friend that always makes you laugh. After a few minutes, you’ll be glad that you did.
Being out in the great outdoors is so therapeutic. The fresh air, the sun and wind on your face, and all the beautiful sights and sounds of nature really help you to realize that we are part of something much greater than any stressful situation. Being outside and seeing the miracles of nature melts away the stress of the day.
Play With Animals
Growing up in the 80’s we were not allowed to have animals indoors. I was raised in the country and my Dad just couldn’t handle animal hair in the house. Therefore, our dogs and cats were outside pets. I loved my pets but after dealing with the death of my favorite dog ever, Rowdy, I really didn’t get close to any other animal. Pets were just not my thing. My kids had dogs and cats when they were growing up. Some were outside, some were inside but for some reason, we never really kept any of them for very long. There were various reasons why and I decided that I was just not an animal person and I didn’t want a pet. Flash forward several years to a couple years ago.
My husband and I were sitting in the living room one rainy day and heard dogs barking outside. Of course, we went to see what was going on. There were a female dog and three puppies. They seemed scared and wouldn’t come to us and they ended up running off…all except one. She was under our front porch and we found her later. She was about 10 weeks old according to the vet. Unable to find the owner, we kept her. She has been such a blessing to us. Brendy can always tell if I’m upset or scared and she is always right there to protect me and cheer me up. I can’t imagine life without her.
Call A Friend
Friends are our sounding board. They are the ones that we call when we are excited, mad, sad and everything in between. They can be our voice of reason or our therapist. Calling a friend when we are stressed can help us to see things from a different perspective. And really, sometimes that’s all we need, to see things through someone else’s eyes.
Yoga is a form of exercise, which we already know, releases endorphins but yoga is different from biking or a trip to the gym because it combines both physical fitness with self-compassion and awareness. It also trains your parasympathetic nervous system which is your counter-stress response system. This makes yoga an excellent option for stress management.
Use Essential Oils
Essential Oils help to improve your mood. Think about it. Smells can bring back a memory and give you that warm fuzzy feeling inside. I love essential oils. You can use them in your bath, add them to unscented lotion, use them in a diffuser, or apply them on your skin or clothing. Some of them need a carrier oil so check that out before you place them directly onto your skin.
There are different types of meditation and I do believe in the mind healing effects of this practice. Deepak Chopra has several wonderful books and guided meditation exercises available and I do recommend reading them. He is so insightful and inspiring. With meditation, you’re basically quieting your mind from the self-talk that is constantly going on inside your head. It is focusing on our breathing and clearing our mind from all the clutter that fills it every day. It really is amazing how much this helps. You defiantly need to give it a try.