Stress is a part of life, right? We all feel stressed from time to time and that is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, we need stress in our lives! Sounds weird to read that, right?
However, stress can easily become unbearable. Personally, when I get REALLY stressed out, I am cranky, anxious, panicky, an overeater, and overall generally unpleasant to be around. My mother and husband can confirm this! Here are some other symptoms to look out for that can indicate that you’re under too much stress:
- Headaches, muscle tension, neck or back pain
- Upset stomach
- Dry mouth
- Chest pains, rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Loss of appetite or overeating “comfort foods”
- Increased frequency of colds
- Lack of concentration or focus
- Memory problems or forgetfulness
- Short temper
Being constantly stressed isn’t good for your body, either – it can cause high blood pressure, heart attacks, and constant headaches. NOT FUN STUFF.
So…what do we do about stress? Get rid of it, hopefully! I am not sure that stress will every fully go away, but it can definitely be decreased. Here are a five of my favorite ways to de-stress:
- Exercise: When I am super stressed, I’ll either hit up the gym and lift, or go for a walk or run. Remember that exercise improves mental health!
- Coloring: I often choose a mandala to color when I’m stressed, but really, any coloring sheet will do. Sometimes I even color when I’m super stressed at work (shhh don’t tell my boss!) for 15 minutes and that helps. I think part of it is repetitive motion – something super soothing about that.
- Hot bath or shower: Exposing your body to warm water is a great way to relax. If I’m taking a bath, I may throw in a bath bomb from Lush to soothe my senses as well.
- Reading, movies, or audiobooks: There’s something about escapism that is really effective at de-stressing me. However, I do need to be careful that I’m not actually ignoring what is making me stressed.
- Spending time with people that make me happy: I try to surround myself with people that make me happy! If I can’t find someone here, then I call up my best friend or mom. Sometimes just hearing their voice and talking through the problems causing me stress is helpful.
The key to de-stressing is to find something (or several somethings) and put them into your toolbox to use when you need them.
Share with me: what are your favorite ways to de-stress?