With the holiday season upon us, stress levels can be at an all-time high. There are bills to pay, presents to buy and work to be done. You have so many responsibilities you have to think about that it can be hard to manage your physical, emotional and mental health.
Stress is a key factor in major health issues, and there are certain, simple things you can do in your everyday life that can alleviate your stressors. Now, it’s very important to speak with your doctor to go over the best ways you can personally deal with your stress, but here are five things you can start to do that may help in the meantime:
1. Talk to Someone
Holding in your emotions and thoughts can lead to high levels of stress. Reach out to someone - whether it’s a family member, friend or coworker - and confide in someone you can trust who can help you talk it out.
If you’re not comfortable talking to someone you know about your stress, check out tip number four.
2. Learn to Say No
Repeat after me: “No.” Not so hard, is it? Saying “yes” to everything that comes your way is eventually going to lead responsibility overload. And what can come with that? Stress! Do yourself a favor and learn what you can and cannot handle, and know it’s okay to say no every once in a while.
Yes - just laugh! Watch your favorite comedy over again, ask your friend to tell you a good joke, watch funny videos on Youtube - do whatever you have to do to make yourself laugh. Laughing helps relieve tension in your muscles and how you react to stress.
4. Write It All Down
Write about what you’re stressed about. Is it rational? Can it be resolved? How can you go about working towards alleviating that stress?
Another thing to consider is the opposite of writing down what you're stressed about - write down the things you're thankful for. Reflecting on what you're grateful for is a great way to put things into perspective.
5. Surround Yourself with Your Loved Ones
Above all else, spend time with your friends and family. Being surrounded by loved ones not only helps with stress, but it also reassures you that you belong and you’ll always have people that care for you.
Have more tips to cope with stress? Let us know in the comments!