If you’re anything like me, stress can feel like an annoying and unhelpful acquaintance that keeps popping up at the least opportune times! When I can’t sleep at night or when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I’m always looking for advice on how to de-stress quickly.
The thing is, sometimes we don’t even notice we’re stressed, which is why it’s so incredibly important to learn how to spot the signals and combat them with de-stressing techniques to improve our mental and physical health.
Here are 6 ways to identify and decrease your stress levels to instantly improve your mindset!
1. Make your sleep count
Stress can affect your sleep both ways. Either sleeping too much or hardly at all can be a clear sign that your body is reacting to stress in your life. By having a good sleep hygiene routine, you will increase your chances of getting enough shut-eye which will, in turn, help you feel less stressed.
Did you know that gratitude journaling can actually improve your overall sleep? Studies have shown that people who gratitude journal nightly have a better quality of sleep overall, this is because gratitude journaling forces you to focus on the positive connections and makes sleep so much easier.
2. Stop stress eating
You may have heard of the term stress eating, well this may seem a good idea at the time, but is only a temporary fix. In fact, indulging in sugary or salty treats can lift your mood, but only for a short time, making you crash back down in no time. Keep your diet balanced by logging your meals and figuring out how much protein and good, nutritious ingredients you’re getting in your meals.
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3. Distract yourself
A sure sign of stress is that you tend to become hyper-focused on the negative. You feel like hiding away to avoid stressors, but that could actually make things worse, try taking your mind off things by doing something you enjoy. Whether this is walking your dog or going to the gym, exercise has been proven to lower stress levels and release endorphins to the brain that can make you feel happier as well healthier. Try not to sit inside and over think things. Get out, get active and get some fresh air!
4. Be a social butterfly
Although having some ‘me time’ can be relaxing and beneficial, giving yourself some space to think and reflect, stress can sometimes make you want to isolate yourself from social events and gatherings. Don’t let this be the case. Socialising is proven to lower rates of depression and anxiety. So try not to shut yourself away and maintain an active social life.
5. Boost your energy
When you’re feeling stressed, you may feel a sudden lack of energy. Feeling lethargic and tired can lower your mood and make it more difficult to deal with the thing that has caused you stress in the first place. Start by taking some multivitamins and supplements to boost your immune system and increase your energy levels. As soon as you start to feel that energy boost you’ll be able to tackle your problems head on!
6. Get in control
Feeling like you’ve lost control can be both a symptom and a trigger of your stress. Don’t let the stress take control of you by giving this feeling too much importance! Remember you do have choices and there are usually ways you can tackle the problem head-on. brainstorm with a friend, reach out to your support networks and make a list of possible resolutions.
This in itself will begin to relieve your stress, as you will feel begin to feel more empowered and in control. Write a plan for yourself and if it helps, create a daily routine that you swear by every day. The layout of the Gold-Dust Daily Planner, which we love, will make it easy to stay on top of your meals, water intake, to-dos, and workouts without leaving you feeling overwhelmed.