Stress. 3 Ways To Get Rid Of It.
Stress is horrible. Short episodes are a nasty shock to the system but when it drags on it can really affect you emotionally, mentally and physically. Coincidentally, I worked for quite some time in very demanding roles and I too succumbed to stress on more than 1 occasion. That was a very long time ago, but last week my plate runneth over with lots of extra tasks and I went straight down that road again! Not a nice journey, so I got back in control and thankfully made it a very short one…
I’ve been blogging here and posting on social media this month about the different strategies you can employ to cope more effectively with stress, or maybe even combat it for good. When you are feeling stressed, what do you to relax? Here are some ideas that may help you to take the sting out of your stress: –
When you’re stressed it’s likely your heart will be racing and your mind either frozen (think rabbit in headlights) or acting like a crazed hamster on a wheel. Making yourself just stop can do wonders for chilling you out. Try taking your shoes off and feeling the grass or even sand under your feet. Listen to the birds singing, a clock ticking, the sea or the wind in the trees. Smell flowers. Meditate, or just sit and stare. Listen to that relaxation MP3 that you thought was a good idea last year… I’m not suggesting you knit yourself a jumper out of yogurt or howl at the moon but simply reconnect. And don’t forget to breathe too!
Get Your Blood Pumping Faster
No, not the kind of pumping it’s been doing while you’ve been tearing your hair out! I mean the make you feel alive sort of pumping… Whether you go for a run (or even a walk!) or dance around the house singing into your hairbrush, you will feel the stress being released. Don’t forget that there may well be other opportunities available to you if you’re in a relationship…the kind that you generally put off when you’re tired/stressed?! That gets the blood pumping, and reaps rewards at other levels too. Having a really good laugh will help. Go and search out a friend with a great sense of humour or watch a ridiculously funny film. Do whatever it takes to make you feel alive!
What kind of thing used to bring you pleasure before you became a stress monkey? Consider making yourself a ‘nurturing box’ for when you really need to be good to yourself. You can dip into a good DVD, a scented candle, a bubble bath, a good book, massage oil, a soft blanket to snuggle under. How about hugs and cuddles? Touchy feely stuff is great for reducing stress! Spend time with people who make you feel good; those who uplift you. Use your senses too. Listen to great music, look at beautiful scenery, taste wonderful food or drink, stroke your cat or things that feel wonderful to the touch, and smell things that make you feel good, like that super expensive perfume that you are saving ‘for best’…
And whatever you do, don’t only do these things when you’ve got to the point of no return! Make time every day to do things that relax you. Life is tough. Give yourself some down time.
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog. Maybe you can rediscover a forgotten pleasure that will help you relax. I’d love to hear from you!
You may find the 7 Wonders articles useful to continue your quest for stress relief. You can grab yours here.
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By: Judith Flowerday