We’ve all had those days where you wake up restless. Feel as though you hadn’t slept nor do you want to sleep? Is there a certain tightness in your chest? Is your mind moving at a million miles a minute and are you feeling weighed down?
That’s an example of stress… or worry
Here are some healthy ways to refocus the fret so you can productively tackle the woes that worry you:
- Identify the issue (write down your thoughts, do a spider chart, a list, a web diagram… whatever your preference to identify the issues and strategize causes, effects and solutions. Photo Credit)
- Cry/yell/scream it out if you must (emotions run high during stressful times, nothing wrong with letting it rip, just make sure you don’t direct that expression AT anyone… rather find a quiet place alone to burt out in tears/frustration)
- Talk yourself through solutions (then talk to a friend)
- Meditate (Whatever your method, yoga, meditation, prayer… find a place of peace and revel in it for 15min or so, focus your energy on resolving your emotional state)
- Listen to calming music (whatever genre soothes you.. here’s a couple of my stress-relieving tunes I listen to in order to help me feel centered and then motivated: Breathe – Telepopmusik, Tokimonsta – Darkest Dim)
- Drink tea and eat healthy (food does affect mood, items high in amino acids help calm the nervous system) (Men’s Health) Photo Credit
- Exercise, if only for a few minutes (build up the heart rate with a brisk walk around the block, or do a few push ups or sit ups before you start/end the day. Getting your blood moving helps release endorphins and thus helps change your mood)
- Breathe (Try this – I promise you’ll feel a difference: Sit up in your chair with your feet flat on the floor and hands on top of your knees, and straighten your spine by extending your neck and head as if someone it pulling the top of your head toward the ceiling. You’ll feel a big difference in your posture – and take deep slow breaths for 3 to 5 minutes. The oxygen will help pace your heart rate and improve your blood flow) Photo Credit
- Eliminate The Triggers (Certain people, places and things can alter your mental health by affecting your Frame of Mind. Find ways to counter or balance, or eliminate those from your life, where possible.)
- Be Easy On Yourself (Push yourself to your potential without breaking yourself. Self-love includes being the best version of yourself – not tearing yourself down in the process. You can be your own support system. Who Controls Your Destiny?)
Stress can have a multitude of effects upon your body:
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger – or just causes you a ton of ailments…
Take control of your mental health and your well-being.
Stress less, worry less, maintain peace of mind. Be productive, conquer the challenge, and love yourself through the struggle.