FIVE QUICK STRESS-BUSTING TIPS
Hands up who hasn’t been stressed at all this year. Not one bit?
That’s what I thought, not many!
And I include myself in the numbers of those who have felt the symptoms of stress in all their crazy forms creeping into my psyche this last year (who am I kidding! These last TWO years!).
The thing is, Stress is a killer for many. The knock-on effects of living a stressful life can impact us in many ways.
Statistics from mentalhealth.org.uk say ‘In the past year, 74% of people have felt so stressed they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope.’
And, according to adaa.org, among our American friends, ‘anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.’
Of course, much of our stress symptoms require long-term changes but there are a few quick stress-busting techniques we can do to give our bodies and minds a little relief!
- Shake it off
You might feel a little self-conscious actioning this one in public but literally getting up and moving is a sure-fire way to feel some of the stress ebb away. Moving vigorously (as long as you are medically able to do so!) for short bursts wakes up your body and helps all that negative energy release. Try, jumping, running, dancing.
I mean, REALLY SING! Turn on your all-time favorite karaoke song and fill those lungs with air. It doesn’t matter if you sound awful – just get lost in the music for a short moment. If you can dance at the same time – then even better! (just maybe not while you are driving…)
You might not have even tried meditating before but there are plenty of options available online for beginners or more advanced ranging from short 10-minute meditations to much lengthier options. Meditating helps calm the mind and has so many stress-relief benefits which can be verified by almost 15% of US adults who meditate, according to the NCCIH. Click this link for a free meditation from Brand You Day.
- Write it down
When our stress stays in our thoughts, it tends to manifest, often to a point beyond where it should ever go. When we take something in our thoughts and write it down, we bring it into reality where we can rationally reason with it and create actionable steps to cope or alleviate the stress. If you have something in particular that is causing you stress right now, write it down and next to it give three positive counter-thoughts to it. Tackle that stress head-on.
- Share it.
We’ve all heard the saying “a problem shared is a problem halved”, right? Well, when stress is overwhelming us, just the act of talking to someone can go a long way to helping us see it from a different angle or just sharing the burden. Write out a list of two or three trusted confidantes you feel you can go to when you are feeling stressed and remember to share that you are happy to be there for them as well. We all need a shoulder to lean on which is why we are stronger when we work together.