Stress can really take a toll on your physical and mental wellbeing. It can manifest as aches and pains, or translate into other negative emotions that impact your happiness, like anxiety, insomnia and a more ill-controlled temperament. These are some simple solutions to try when you feel yourself becoming stressed, which will help you manage and de-escalate its impact.
Take a Break from Screens
Becoming too attached to your devices, whether it’s work-related or scrolling through feeds, can make you incredibly stressed out. The blue light your devices emit can prevent you from falling asleep in the evenings, and spending hours with your eyes glued to monitors can cause strain and fatigue. Furthermore, sitting in a chair creates back pain and poor posture if you don’t get up and stretch regularly. These can become factors in feeling stressed, or even exacerbate the stress you feel to a higher degree. Not to mention various studies have concluded social media can have a detrimental effect on your self-esteem and cause to compare yourself critically with your peers in a non-productive manner, as users exaggerate or edit their digital identities and make others feel inadequate. Therefore, it is a really good idea to cut down on screen-time and give yourself a break.
If you use apps to wind down, try new ways of relaxing that don’t include a device. Listening to music, taking a bath, trying something creative – all the go-to, pre-insta classics for de-stressing.
Remember Physical Health is Linked to Mental Health
This concept is important to have in mind when taking care of yourself. Eating well, proper hygiene and regular exercise are sometimes overlooked in periods of stress – but not only do these habits maintain your fitness and health, but they are also crucial for a clear and happy head. When you feel particularly overwhelmed, dedicate some time to making yourself feel good. Getting a massage, taking a long walk, or trying some aromatherapy are all great suggestions. An oral supplement you can add a simple drop or two under the tongue or in a healthy smoothie is CBD oil, which has often been recommended for alleviating anxiety and stress-related symptoms, as well as reducing pain.
When things feel messy and unorganized, you are much more likely to become overwhelmed by minor inconveniences. Sorting out your space and your priorities makes life a lot easier – trust us. Start by de-cluttering your inbox, unsubscribe from the marketing emails you don’t want to receive (if there are a mountain, simply click off the ones you begin receiving now, and in a couple of weeks you will be free). Make sure you read your important messages or put them in a folder if you need them for later. Create systems in your life that remove opportunities for stress. For example, keep work clothes in a specific section of your room, meal prep, or make causal to-do lists each day so you have daily goals to accomplish and prevent procrastination.
Try implementing these habits to your lifestyle and watch stress become less and less a factor of your day to day living!