Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it, plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!
Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time , and that’s OK as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.
Breathe Deeply And Calmly
Sit down somewhere peaceful and take deep breaths over at least five minutes. Every time your mind wanders, return it to focusing only on the deep breaths. Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, and repeat this until you feel calmer.
Your body has a ready-made fix-it solution for when you feel overwrought and it is as simple as changing your physiology. The smile is the simplest way to do this. Plaster on a fake grin and keep it there for a few minutes. You'll feel your mood begin to upturn with your grin. Sit up straight, push your shoulders back or stand tall. Realigning your posture into a positive mode will help to decrease stress. Look up instead of curling your chin and face downward. Change your expression. As well as grinning, also think about smiling with your eyes and presenting a lighter facial expression.
You are stressing right now because you're focusing on the problem. Focus on resolving it instead. Think about how things will be when it is completed/fixed/stored away/whatever. Try to “float” through the current problem, telling yourself it is a temporary hitch or issue that will be resolved.
Leave your desk, couch or bed and get out there. Go for a run, a swim, a circuit in the gym. Do whatever gets you moving and out of the sitting and contemplating position. The beauty of exercise is that it gets your adrenalin moving for something positive instead of chewing over worries and you can still think about things, probably all the more clearly!
In a mess? Start tidying it in small amounts. Move one little pile of papers, open one bill or wipe down one bench. You can start, you don't need to finish. But remember, it's getting started that matters above all and the motivation will sprout from that tiny beginning.
Talk About Your Feelings Or Express Yourself
Much stress arises because of a tendency to shoulder responsibilities, burdens and heavy workloads without discussing the consequences or feelings that arise from this weight.
Laugh More Often
As we age, we tend to laugh less and get caught up in taking things a little too seriously, ourselves included. Take a leaf from the carefree and unrestrained laughter of childhood, in which laughter is genuine, spontaneous and frequent. As an adult, you may not feel like laughing, but rest assured that even forced laughter can help as a nudge to feeling better and will soon change into genuine laughter, the more you practice it.
Drink plenty of water
If you're dehydrated that can lead to headaches, which just adds to the stress. So relax and get a cup of water. Or a nice herbal tea. Whatever relaxes you and leaves you feeling better.
That's right, folks, do nothing at all. Close the door, open the window, have a seat, and take a little break from life. If your mind is racing, learn to meditate and just let that stress go.
Listen To Music
Listening to music does wonders and is a great way to relieve stress. Just be sure to sidestep songs that will make you feel worse, like the songs about giving up and fading away. Instead, listen to good songs that put you in a happy mood. Music is a significant mood-changer and reliever of stress.
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