Life is tough sometimes. It can be great one minute, and not so great the next. All it takes is one flat tire, a concerning phone call, or a surprise illness to send your day or week into a whirlwind. In those times of stress, how do you cope?
There are many ways to combat stress, though not all are healthy. What works for you, might not work at all for others, so it is best to try to find a few techniques that help YOU manage stressful situations in a healthy and positive way!
I, for one, like to take space when stressed out. It might be as simple as taking a hot shower alone to relax or taking a 15 minute drive around town to gather your thoughts. Another great way to energize your mind and body while being alone is to take a power nap. Shut off distractions and allow yourself to doze off for a few minutes.
Exercise can help destress and have fun at the same time. A fitness class or circuit weight program will get you off your feet and moving, releasing feel good endorphins in your body!
Finding support is key to relieving stress as well as maintaining general well-being. Talking on the phone with a family member or loved one, sitting down with a close friend, or even making an appointment with CAPS are all ways to release stress and vent.
The most important thing with fighting stress is doing so in a healthy and positive way. There are ways that may work today, but you might be regretting it soon after.
Find what works for you, and Be Well!
What are healthy ways you de-stress? Comment and tell us how!