I’m writing this post way early into the year and semester so when the stress ensues, there’ll be a quick fix for it. It’s a double bonus as these tips also work for preventing stress. Without further ado, here you go:
1. Eat Well – The rule is quite simple . Eat breakfast like a king, Lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. This way you not only eat well, but eat healthy. Your body is a temple, treat it as such. When you get stressed, you often forget to eat, as your brain tends to deal with any overwhelming problem first to enable you relax.
2. Limit Your Stimulant Intake – Shout out to all the coffee addicts out there. I don’t know how you get past that strong smell. From coffee to even alcohol, which tends to be the go to when stressed, you should avoid them as much as possible. Coffee blocks the adenosine receptors in your body and tricks your body into thinking you’re not tired. However, when it wears off, you crash. It’s basically a mini drug. Water does your body more good than they will. Stressed or not,taking stimulants is not a habit to be messed with.
3. Sleep – For at least five hours. Please, I’m pleading with you. No matter how hard you work, if you’re dead, you can’t gain from it. Okay, that was scary but you get the point. Please sleep well. It’s really important. The world can stand still for five hours.
4. Exercise – No. Don’t say you don’t have time. 30 minutes is not too much to ask. You don’t have to get abs or rippling muscles. Just enough to get your heart pumping. It could also be an outlet for anger like boxing plus it releases endorphins that make you happy. At first, you might feel like you’re dying but when you see progress, for example 10s plank to 20s plank, you’ll feel accomplished. Also, if it’s emotional stress, it could be your revenge body.
5.Declutter – Clear up your schedule. You’re probably doing more than you should at a time. Give yourself a break. List all the things you should be doing (feel like you should be doing). Try to break it down into smaller portions and handle one at a time. You’ll get more done in a shorter time. If, however, you feel like you should be doing all of the things in your list, then, see how much you’re actually doing to fix it. You’re probably spending most of your time worrying about things you can’t fix. If you can’t help it, leave it alone.
6. Take time off – Sometimes abandoning everything and forcing things to an abrupt halt is the best decision. Even a computer has a “force stop” option. Truth is, in your absence, life goes on and that thing that seems like it would not be done without you, will eventually get done. If you’re tired and stressed out and you can’t take it anymore, drop it, even if it’s just for a short while. Rest. If you’re hitting a wall while trying to fix things, you’ve probably overworked yourself. That’s your body’s defense system to prevent overload. Just let things be, later, you can always come back.
7. Do something you love – Which you probably haven’t had time for recently. Walk your dog, go to the beach, eat ice-cream. Or even something a little childish, run around in the rain, sit outside at night and talk with a close friend. Talk to someone. Just do something that genuinely makes you happy. Once you’re smiling again, you’ll be in better shape to finish what you started.
I hope these tips were useful. Let me know in the comments. Happy stress relief!
Disclaimer: All tips written here are suggestions based on my opinion. Stress could be a sign of serious medical attention. Please seek professional advice.