5 simple tips to deal with stress
12 May 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | people are reading
© Editors Happy in Shape 5 simple tips for dealing with stress
Too hard on yourself
It's easy to be too hard on yourself when you experience anxiety. Thoughts like "I have to be able to handle this", "I shouldn't be upset" or "I'm not good enough" are common beliefs that haunt many people's minds. If you find that you are not so good at dealing with the situation right now, which is more than logical, try seeking emotional support. Also, the five strategies below may help you deal with stress.
1. Develop a self-care routine Self-care goes much further than treating yourself to something tasty and relaxing. It's also about developing an everyday routine that will make you feel more comfortable. Think of moving, painting, puzzling or calling your best friend every day. Whatever it is, set your priorities every day to slightly reduce your anxiety level.
2. Stay in touch with people
Whether you spend your time with roommates, your partner, or having virtual conversations, stay in touch with people (who you care about). They can keep you stable during less stable moments in your life.
3. Try to accept what is happening.
You can feel incredibly powerless if you feel you have lost control. An important first step is to try to let go of the things you cannot control. You don't have to pretend it's not happening at all, that denial can actually raise your stress level. But accept that you can't always be in control and that you don't have to be afraid of that.
4. Look at it from a different perspective.
It may take some time to notice the "benefits" of your fear (s), but try shifting your focus. Listen to your feelings and try to understand why it is there. This way you may be able to answer your need. Are you unable to shift your focus? No worries! Just because something doesn't work right away doesn't mean you don't reap the benefits. Practice makes perfect!
5. Find humor in your day According to a study from the journal BioPsychoSocial Medicine, laughing or even hearing someone laugh can ease your own stress. Whether it's watching your favorite fitness vlogger or something else, something frivolous in your life can help keep your anxiety at bay.