In the fast-paced world of the (almost) 2020s, stress is a familiar feeling to most of us. Especially those of us who are juggling a job and a career with a family and trying to scrape together something resembling a social life. It can seem like there are never enough hours and that we never have enough energy to propel us through the day. But while a little stress can actually be good for us, and help us to clear away the cobwebs and be at our best… chronic stress can have a range of ill-effects on our health. In fact, it can even be fatal!
If your stress is preventing you from living your best life, here are some ways in which you can take control of it.
Don’t run away from those monsters in your closet
Stress provokes the “fight or flight” reflex in our reptilian brain. But if we keep on taking flight and running from our problems, they can quickly combine and mutate into something big and scary.
It may sound unbelievably cheesy, but write a list of the things that are getting you down or stressing you out. This will give you a starting point to find solutions to your problems. Plus, getting them all written down makes them seem much less scary and a lot more manageable.
Don’t let your money worries keep you up at night
It’s okay to admit it. Most of us feel considerable stress when it comes to money. The good news, though, is that even if you’re not in the best financial circumstances, you can still take control of your finances so you can sleep better at night. Try;
- Researching your options when it comes to getting credit. If you have a bad credit rating, you don’t need to resort to payday loan companies. Try guarantor loan companies like Buddy Loans. They have much more reasonable interest rates!
- Using a household budget template and sticking to it. You’ll be amazed how much easier it is to take control of your finances when you know exactly what’s coming out and when.
- Use your savings account. It’s the best way to protect yourself from unpleasant surprises. Even if you pay just a few pounds in every month, it all helps!
Spend some quality time with your pets
Pet therapy is a wonderful way to help all of your stress just drift away. Animals love us unconditionally, and the very act of stroking your pet’s fur, talking to them, hanging out with them and letting them love you is a great way to get perspective on your problems and let go of stress, frustration and anger.
Exercise wherever and however you can
We all know that exercise is the best form of stress relief. But at the same time, not all of us can afford expensive gym memberships. Still, that’s no excuse for not doing some form of exercise whenever and however you can. From an early morning jog to doing some lunch break yoga to a YouTube video or simply dancing around your home to your favourite tunes… It all counts!
Eat the stress away
No, I’m not talking about stress-eating (which many of us know only too well). I’m talking about using your diet to manage your stress. Foods like fatty fish, leafy greens, nuts, seeds and natural yoghurt have all been proven to help manage the physical symptoms of stress.
With a little know-how and discipline, anyone can make themselves the master of stress!
This post is a collaboration where money or goods were exchanged for it to be published, however, all opinions are my own.