We are all in need of ways to relieve stress.
There is so much pressure on us to decide what to do with our lives, to get the best exam results, or to look a certain way. Sitting with these feelings of stress is uncomfortable, right angels?
Everyone experiences stress, some people are able to conceal these feelings so you would never know.
But I promise you they’re still there.
Some stress is good for you. By prompting us to work more efficiently to reach our goals. It can be the motivation that some of us need to complete an assignment, or that dreaded task which you’ve been avoiding.
What if I told you that there are a handful of simple stress relievers which can help you to live a happier life.
You owe it to yourself to be the best version of yourself that you can be. Take advantage of these simple tasks and begin manifesting a happier life.
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Identify Your Stresses
It isn’t always apparent when stress is the cause of changes in your day to day life. Some common signs of stress include:
- Muscle pain
- Chest pain
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Heightened anxiety
- Appetite changes
By identifying stressful factors in our lives, we are able to address these straight away.
Now, here are some simple stress relievers for you to manifest for a happier and healthier life.
To do lists with priority
To do lists are perfect for organising any tasks that we need to complete, if they are used correctly. Writing down what you need to do on its own is not enough to tick through that list. You need to order your to do lists by priority.
‘What is the deadline for this work?’
‘Can this be pushed back?’
‘How much time should I spend on this?’
‘What can I sacrifice to free up some time?’
Answering these questions will help you to organise your tasks by importance, and allow you to allocate your time appropriately. For example, if I have a lot of assignments to complete, I will delay working on my scheduled blog posts to allow me to meet my deadlines first.
Sometimes I can sit down at my desk for hours and get close to nothing done.
In these moments we need to remind ourselves that half an hour of solid work (without distractions) is better than three hours of work with distractions and no focus.
It can also be painful, forcing yourself to sit down and start working when you want to do anything but that. In this case, aim to complete two minutes of work. Once you achieve this, aim for another two minutes. Before you know it, you’ll be in your rhythm and driven to finish the task at hand.
Use the unfollow button
The unfollow button is yours.
It is important to make a habit of unfollowing any account on your feed which makes you feel low, unhappy or bad about yourself.
Having too much on your plate can become overwhelming very quickly, causing greater amounts of stress than you had to start with. By politely saying no when you are asked to take on further tasks, you are consciously making the decision to put your mental health first. This is an extremely valuable habit to form to minimise mental stress.
Ask for help
Reaching out to others for help can really take some weight off of your shoulders. I am regularly astounded by the kindness which I receive from those that read my blog.
Positive self talk
During my mental health recovery, somebody told me that if hurting myself was going to work it would have done a long time ago. Why not see what happens when you treat yourself with love and kindness?
Speaking positive affirmations into the universe can feel unnatural and staged, so I have made the habit of reading a statement from my self care box out loud each morning and evening, as I complete my skincare and makeup routines.
Here are some of my favourite affirmations:
- I will not worry about things I can’t control.
- I am proud of who I am becoming.
- I am becoming the best version of myself.
Call a loved one
Lastly, calling loved ones to support you in difficult times, is just as useful and important as sharing and celebrating achievements together. Appreciating these relationships can be a powerful stress reliever. Also, as the coronavirus has caused so much suffering and devastation this year, we are reminded of how valuable and precious our moments together are.
How do you manage stress in your life, and which stress relievers do you make use of?
Let me know in the comments below!
Below are links to websites that can help you, if you are struggling with your mental health. Please know that you are worthy of love, support and recovery.