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5 Ways to Combat Stress

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Stress is likely something you experience daily, whether you want to or not. When it becomes an issue, it can be hard to manage it or relax. This is to be expected, but it is also helpful to understand that are ways that you can combat it before it starts to affect you negatively. This article will provide 5 ways to lower your stress, which you may want to think about applying to your life. 

Talk to Someone

When you are experiencing stress, this is a good time to rely on your support system. Perhaps your boss has done something to upset you, or your favorite pen stopped working; one of your friends or loved ones may want to hear about it. Having people to lean on when times get tough is something that is invaluable and can help you have less stress overall, as reported in a 2009 published study. 

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If you don’t have a support system to lean on, you may want to reach out to a therapist. They are able to discuss your concerns with you and may also be able to help you determine what can be done about the conditions you are facing. Moreover, they can offer additional ways to lessen stress, whether it be in the workplace or at home. There are many types of therapy that can be valuable to you when you work with a qualified therapist. You can read about one advantageous therapy, called Psychodynamic Therapy in this article to learn more. 

Don’t Try to Do Everything

While it may seem like your work and chores never stop, you have to remind yourself that you can’t do everything. If you have goals that need to be met each day, try to write them down, so you can work through the easy ones as well as the hard ones. A good rule of thumb is to break down complicated or bigger tasks into smaller tasks, in order to make them easier to accomplish. This may also help you meet your goals quicker and can allow you to feel better about what you were able to accomplish. 

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When possible, ask others for help. If you are unable to make dinner one day, ask your spouse if they mind cooking or picking up takeout. You may also have to say no whenever your plate is already full. If you find yourself with too many tasks and not enough time to complete them, you might have to keep from adding anything else to your schedule, even if this is difficult. 

Make Sure You Take Time for Yourself

You should make it a priority to take time for yourself as well. There are things that need to be accomplished but you also need to take care of yourself. If you are facing burnout or you are so busy that you aren’t thinking clearly, this may be detrimental to meeting your goals. Instead, give yourself a few minutes every few hours to sit down and relax, watch an online video, read a chapter of a novel, or do something else that you enjoy. Taking just a few minutes for yourself each day can make a noticeable difference. 

Eat Right and Exercise

Keep in mind that you need to take care of yourself physically as well. This means you should do what you can to eat right and exercise. When it comes to eating nutritious foods, simply do your best to have balanced meals. Moreover, exercising is something that doesn’t have to take up too much of your time. Just a couple hours a week can do the trick. 

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Get Some Sleep 

Even whenever life seems to be keeping you up, you have to prioritize sleep. If you do not, you may not be able to make the decisions you need to make or you could experience brain fog. These are probably things that you want to avoid. Try to sleep for 7 or 8 hours each night, even on the weekends. This may make you feel better overall.

Conclusion

When it comes to stress, this is something that most of us will experience regularly. However, it doesn’t have to affect your health and mind. Utilize these tips when you are starting to feel stress take over and see if they are able to improve how you feel. 

Marie Miguel

Marie Miguel Biography

Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.