The Sounds of Advice #2
How to deal with everyday stress:
Aisling: Life can be stressful. Whether it's little things or big, there are things you can do to help deal with them.
1. Vent. To a friend, family member or spouse, vent your frustrations. It will feel good to get the stress off your chest.
2. Close your eyes & focus on your breathing. Breathing in through your nose & out through your mouth. This will help create a calming effect.
3. Count to ten. Take a few minutes to count to ten until you feel less stressed.
4. Write. Take the time to write down what is stressing you out in a journal.
5. Meditate or do yoga. Doing either of these practices for even a short amount of time everyday will help you deal better with stress.
6. Read a book. Take some time to read a book to "escape" reality for awhile.
7. Go for a walk. Even if it's just a ten minute walk, getting some fresh air & connecting with nature is a great way to relieve some stress.
8. Exercise. Getting 10 to 30 minutes of exercise everyday is not only great for your body but also great for your mind.
9. Plant a garden. Studies have found working in a garden is a great stress relief. Plus there's the perk of growing flowers & vegetables.
10. Count your blessings. Always be grateful for what you have.
Sandy: I try to remember on my bad days that tomorrow is a new day and anything can happen that day! Just keep your chin up and you will be ok.
Kate: Stress is inevitable in life, so finding a way to cope is the key. It's no easy task sometimes, because stress can become overwhelming at times. Aisling did a pretty good job of listing a lot of things you can do to de-stress. Find what works for you. Find something that will distract you and engulf you completely, so you're not thinking about whatever is stressing you out. It won't make the stress go away, but it will help you cope with it and clear your head. You never know, you just might come up with a solution to the problem/issue if you've cleared your head. It's easier to think when you're not stressed.
For me, music, reading, exercise, and watching Netflix are my way to cope.
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