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Proven Techniques for Mastering the Art of Stress Relief

No matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to stop these feelings from coming. You could wake up feeling well-rested and ready to take on the day, but by the time lunch hits, you’re drowning in emails. The papers on your desk are piling up. And you’re not sure if there are enough hours in the day to get all of this work done.

Let’s call it what it is. It’s stress. Your heart is beating fast, your limbs feel shaky, and you can feel the pressure building inside of yourself ready to burst like a volcano.

You start to question why you always feel this way. Your coworkers don’t seem to have any trouble balancing their workload. All you can think about is the amount of work you have to get done at the office and then all the housework that’s waiting for you at home. There has to be something you can do to feel better.

Good news: there is! These are some proven techniques for mastering the art of stress relief.

Start Journaling

Stress typically means that you’re overthinking about a certain life event. Journaling is a great way to get all of those thoughts, emotions, and feelings out of your head onto the pages of a journal. Writing in a journal is a great tool to use at the moment you’re feeling stressed, but it’s also a great tool to look back on later.

You can reread a journal entry to help you learn more about any potential triggers or coping mechanisms that may have worked or didn’t work for you so that you know for the future.

Prioritize Your Sleep

Stress is bad enough on its own. Unfortunately, it can have a negative impact on other areas of your life like your sleep. In turn, a lack of sleep can increase the signs and symptoms of stress. It can be a vicious cycle.

As a way to prevent this from happening, you should be aiming for at least eight hours of sleep each night. Try to get on a good sleep schedule and routine by going to bed around the same time each night and waking up around the same time each morning.

photo of a young adult male sitting on a bench writing in a notepadMove Your Body

Exercise is a proven way to naturally reduce stress and improve one’s mood. Not only is it a great tool for your body, but it’s proven to be beneficial for your overall mental health and wellness.

One of the great things about exercise is that you don’t have to spend hours on end doing an activity you don’t really enjoy to see the benefits. All it takes it moving your body for at least thirty minutes each day. This could include going for a walk outside, riding a bicycle, lifting weights at the gym, or attending a workout class with a friend. Find ways that work for you to get your heart racing and blood pumping. It won’t take long for you to see and feel the benefits.

Implement Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation techniques are a great way to help you when you’re feeling stressed but also to have as a tool in your back pocket ready to go for the next time you’re stressed. There are many different types of relaxation techniques out there, so you’ll have to try a few out and see what works best for you and your needs. Here are a few of the most common relaxation techniques for you to try:

  • Body scan
  • Deep breathing
  • Meditate
  • Repeat a mantra
  • Visualization

Seek Additional Support

When you’re stressed, it can be easy to feel like you’re alone. In reality, talking about your stress to friends, family, or an outside third party can be a great way to help you feel better about some of your stressors. Reach out today to set up a consultation for anxiety therapy.