Stress is how the body responds to the pressures of our everyday life. Everyone experiences stress; however, the degree and symptoms of stress can vary from person to person depending on genetics, environmental factors, and our social and economic situations.
When the body is constantly experiencing excessive stress, it is called chronic stress. This can have a severe impact on your physical and mental health.
1Be Nice to Yourself
This can be tough when you are in an overwhelming situation. It’s easy to think “I can’t do this.” Or “I can’t believe I screwed up.” Doing this is encouraging negative self-talk which will only increase stress.
Actively changing your thoughts to positive ones can help you reduce the amount of stress you’re feeling and make it easier to cope.
|“I can’t do this”||“I’ll do the best I can.” OR “I’ve got this!”|
|“Everything’s going wrong.”||“I’ll take it one step at a time and I’ll get through it.”|
|“I hate it when this happens.”||“I’ve been in this situation before; I know how to handle it.”|
|“I’ve messed up again.”||“Making mistakes is only human and I know I can bounce back from this.”|
2Listen to music
During a stressful day at work, take a break and listen to some relaxing music. Listening to classical music has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety and improve mood.
3Talk to someone
Calling up a close friend or family and talking through the situation can have a positive impact on stress. Sometimes all we need is to hear a reassuring voice to help us re-center when we are feeling overwhelmed.
Even if all you can do is get up and take a lap around the office, do it! Exercise is a fantastic coping mechanism to provide immediate relief from stress. Getting your heart rate up and the blood circulating promotes the production of hormones like endorphins, which can help your body and mind feel better.
5Don’t forget to breathe
It’s easy to get caught up in work and deadlines. Our jobs, courses or children can come to consume our minds. When you’re feeling stressed, take a moment to bring your awareness back to your breathing for a moment. Take a few deep breaths and try not to think about all the things you need to get done. Give yourself a small break before you rush back into it.