Emotional Wellbeing


Mandy Kloppers

5 Simple ways to manage your stress

Life is stressful, we can’t escape that fact, but making use of a few simple stress management techniques to relieve some of the pent-up tension will go a long way in improving your mental and physical wellbeing. 


1.Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle 

We all know that poor lifestyle choices can negatively affect our health but it’s also one of the first things to go out the window when stress begins to creep in. 


Make sure you eat regular meals that include lots of grains, fruits and vegetables. Skipping breakfast is a bad habit, make sure you eat breakfast every morning. Also avoid consuming excessive amounts of caffein, nicotine and alcohol as these are all stimulants that with increase your anxiety levels. 


Sleep is vitally important as it gives your brain the chance to do some essential housekeeping. Make sure you get at least seven to nine hours of sleep every night. 


Another important aspect of a healthy lifestyle is regular exercise. Try to get your body moving for at least 30 minutes every day. This doesn’t mean you need to do a full-on workout at the gym, even something as simple as taking the dog for a walk, climbing the stairs or dancing to your favourite music will get your blood pumping and the endorphins flowing. 


2. Take a Break 

Every now and then you need get away from it all, even if it’s only for a few hours. Yes, there’s a million things that need doing, but you’ll find that when you come back, you’ll be way more efficient and productive. 


One of the best places you can escape to is your local spa. Mindful Waters is a wellness centre near Northvale, NJ offering flotation therapy and infrared sauna, both of which are excellent ways to rejuvenate your haggard nerves. 


Alternatively, you can take a long stroll along the beach, hike along one of your local nature trails or even go on a romantic date with your partner. Whatever it is you decide to do, the idea is to escape your normal day to day chores for a little while. 


3. Talk to Someone 

Studies have shown that having a face-to-face conversation will significantly lower stress levelsTake some time to talk to a family member, friend or qualified professional about things that are bothering you. 


You can also always have a chat with yourself too. It’s called self-talk. Just make sure that what you’re telling yourself is positive. It may take a little practice in the beginning, but once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll find yourself doing it all the time. 


4. Take Control of Your Life 

When we’re stressed, we quickly feel overwhelmed by everything that’s going on. Empower yourself by taking back that control. 

First things first: Don’t overcommit. When someone asks you to do something extra or unimportant consider how it will affect your schedule before agreeing to it. 


That being said, you probably still have a ton of things to do, so focus on getting the worst things out of the way first. As Mark Twain said, eat that frog first thing in the morning; that way you won’t have it hanging over your head all day. 


Take control of your surroundingsIf clutter stresses you out, get rid of it. If someone stresses you out, limit the amount of time you spend with them. If you hate traffic, drive a different route. 


Take 20-30 minutes every day to spend on a hobby. This can be anything from reading, to building a puzzle, or drawing. Spending some time doing something you enjoy will give you a sense of accomplishment and will leave you feeling more relaxed and motivated. 


5. Learn Some Quick Stress Relief Techniques 

We can’t always avoid stressful situations but learning a few tricks to calm your nerves will go a long way in helping you stay calm and focused. 


First you need to learn how to identify stress creeping in, so that you can begin acting on it as soon as possible. Once you feel the first twinges of anxiety, slow down by taking several long deep breaths, concentrating on the air flowing in and out of your lungs. Pay attention to your senses by focusing on what you can see, hear, smell or feel. In only a few short minutes you’ll have your nerves back under control and the more you practice the better you’ll get at it. 


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