Financial problems, challenges at work alongside conflicts at home, relationship problems- these could all bring us stress and impact our levels of happiness in a negative way. But no matter the stressful situations that we face, we should never forget about ourselves. Even the busiest people in the world always find time to make themselves happy.
Here’s a list of things you can do to reduce stress, I call it the 5 R’s for a stress-free life:
Take a break and think about the things that you can do to relax a bit. Listen to music, read books, dance, sing, hang out with friends, play sports, create art, have family bonding, go shopping, play computer games, meditate.
Studies show that taking time to relax can reduce overall stress. Don’t have much time? Another way of releasing stress is through breathing. Very simple, right? Practicing deep, regular breathing especially in quiet places can make you feel more relaxed. Every time you feel stressed, simply apply this basic technique.
PS: Don’t worry if you find it hard at first! It’s a skill that needs to be learned and practiced.
2. Reach Out
The best weapons for battling stress are our friends and family, and through them we can draw a lot of strength and support. Talk to them and share about your daily worries or problems. Remember that opening up our feelings with others is not a sign of weakness. It does wonders for our own selves and even strengthens bonds because others appreciate that you trust them enough to share what’s inside you.
We all know that feeling tired increases stress levels. To have better sleep, turn the TV off earlier in the night, unplug from social media after dinner, and do things to make you feel sleepy such as reading or meditating before bedtime. A good new day is just waiting for you for sure!
4. Right Food & Exercise
A healthy lifestyle, combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, is sure to help you achieve a happier life. Exercise does not necessarily mean lifting weights at the gym or joining trainings to achieve a perfect body. A simple and short walk outside the office (or even around your desk) or stretching your muscles during breaks can help you relieve the stress in your body. Of course, vices such cigarettes, alcohol and drugs should also be avoided at all times!
5. Repeated Positive Self Talk
When facing challenges, always try to look at the opportunities for personal growth. Build yourself up, learn from your mistakes and make sure that you will be wiser the next time you see yourself in a similar situation.
Here are some positive self talk phrases that can help you get by:
”It will pass.”
“I will get through this.”
“Everything will be fine. ”
“There is nothing you can’t handle!”
“You can do it!”
Next time you are stressed, take a step back and breathe. Apply the 5 R’s above and just keep moving forward.