Who isn’t stressed out these days? Are you looking for ways to reclaim your sanity from stress? Between work, school and bills, it’s not a surprise that so many people feel overwhelmed. It’s more of surprise when you run into someone who isn’t stressed out beyond belief. And guess what? You can be one of those people with these ways to reclaim your sanity from stress.
Ugh. I know. I used the dreaded E word. But it really does help you! Exercise is stress management for your body. Stress isn’t just bad for your mental health, it affects your physical health as well. That’s why the best thing you can do for yourself is get up and exercise at least once a day. That's why it's at the top of the list of ways to reclaim your sanity from stress. Now, I’m not saying you need to spend hours at the gym. You don’t even need to do the dreaded R word. (Running. There, I said it.) It’s enough to get outside and enjoy a walk! Not only does exercise relieve stress, but the great outdoors plays a role in getting you to relax as well!
2. Creative Outlet
It’s hard to find time for anything fun with so much going on in your life. No one wants to do anything after work, except maybe collapse on your bed and call it a day. But it’s very important for your mental health to have hobbies. Anything from drawing, to painting, to jewelry making will do the trick. Anything that gets your brain away from work mode and into fun mode works, by getting you out of your own head. Plus, when you’re finished, you have the satisfaction of knowing you created something beautiful!
You don’t need to run around in monk robes to enjoy the benefits of meditation. It doesn’t take a lot of time, even just ten minutes in the morning can work wonders for your attitude and state of mind. You need to spend some time focusing on yourself. During your meditation practice, you don’t need to take care of anyone or anything else. It’s a little difficult at first, trying to keep those pesky stressful thoughts out of your head, but, like anything else, you just need to practice! It helps if you can get your hands on a guided meditation practice. There are plenty of free ones on YouTube.
Okay, this overlaps a bit with the E word. But yoga is so helpful that it deserves its own category! Like meditation, yoga forces you to focus only on yourself, but in a more physical way. It teaches you to gently push yourself when all you want to do is collapse on the floor. It brings you in tune with your body (and not just because it makes your muscle sore.) This practice is slow and steady, a solace form the hectic chaos of everyday life. Again, you can find short yoga practices available on YouTube.
“Just go to bed earlier.” Easier said than done, right? Some nights it seems like all you can do is toss and turn, especially when you’re so stressed out. But it’s important to at least give it a try! Keep your electronics out of your bedroom. Don’t have any caffeine after 4pm. Don’t use your bed for anything but sleep and sex. Set realistic expectations for yourself that you know that you can stick to! It’s helpful to practice yoga before bed, as well. Not only is it relaxing on its own, but there are specific yoga poses that help with insomnia.
All of these can seem overwhelming. You barely have enough time in the day as it is! But it’s important to take at least a little bit of your day to focus on yourself and your mental health. Your body and your mind will thank you!
What things do you do to relax?