Life’s stressful. Sure, a little bit of stress is normal, and it goes hand in hand with everyday life. However, we all have those days where the world seems to be against us. Your schoolwork piles up, your stress levels go out the roof, and you’re a nervous wreck.
Studies show that it’s important to find ways to relieve your stress. Whether it be participating in a sport, going for a walk, or practicing meditation, finding an outlet for your stress can and will make a difference in your long-term health.
Stress has proven to have direct links to the early stages of depression, heart problems, insomnia, and other unappealing health complications. Dealing with the stress immediately and not letting it build up can help prevent these health issues from arising.
So, you’re feeling stressed? Try some of these stress-relieving strategies:
- Get Organized: Maybe try using a planner if you don’t already have one. I have two planners I use on a daily basis. I personally like to write down everything I have to do for the day, and other things that I have to prepare for in the upcoming days. This helps me prioritize what needs to be done, and manages my time well. See if this strategy works for you, and if it doesn’t, there are tons of different ways to personalize your organization.
- Eat and Sleep: Eating healthy, balanced meals is crucial for making sure that your mind and body function properly. I eat mostly organic food, but I know sometimes that it can be expensive. I suggest trying to eat a lot of veggies and to minimize your sugar intake. A good nights rest is also important. I usually get about 8 hours of sleep per night. I go to bed at a reasonable time (10:00pm), and I wake up at 6:00am. Now, I know that there is no possible way for some of you to get 8 hours of sleep a night. I get it. However, you might want to try to go to bed a half an hour earlier or even an hour earlier if possible. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it will make a difference.
- Exercise: Exercise can be a number of things. Walking (especially in nature) has proven to reduce stress. Some other, less generic, physical activities you can do that are alternative to walking are: going for a bike ride, swimming, playing golf, tennis, or just going to the gym. If you are an athlete, some options for exercise are: any organized sport, go to the trampoline park, or you can even make up a sport of your own and test it out with some friends. Exercise, for me, is the best way to relieve stress. When I hit the gym, my mind is focused on the task at hand (the workout) and nothing else. So, I forget about all the things I was stressing about. Exercise works the best for me, but I suggest trying multiple stress relieving strategies, figure out which one(s) work best for you, and stick with it.
Next time you feel really stressed out, don’t hesitate to use the stress-relieving strategies that work best for you. Your body will thank you in the long-run.