We’ve all had those moments where things suddenly become too much and it takes a real Zen master to not get stressed out from time to time. Whether you have a deadline at work, are dealing with relationship issues or are trying to run a frantic household, stress can slow everything down to a crawl, leaving you feeling drained and unable to focus. This of course brings about more stress and before you know it you’re just about ready to throw in the towel and give up.
Luckily for us, it isn't something we have to put with. Different people deal with pressure in different ways but we have put together a shortlist of our favourite basic stress relief tips to help you get through to the other side.
Disconnect and get away
If the situation allows it, simply get up and walk away. It’s incredibly easy to get drawn into whatever is stressing us out, and our determination to deal with what’s going on can hinder any progress. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should be in denial about what’s happening, but going outside for five minutes, walking around the block or going to the kitchen to make a cuppa can give your mind a few moments of much needed distraction.
Pretty much any form of exercise is a great way to deal with stress, even if you don’t regularly work out. Physical activity causes our bodies to produce a whole bunch of natural chemicals and endorphins that make us feel good and promote a feeling of well-being. Also, there’s nothing quite like clobbering a boxing dummy, going for a run or even joining a Zumba class to get rid of any tension or stress you may be feeling.
Eat something tasty
It’s true! Eating is a great stress reliever as it takes your mind off from what’s bothering you and depending on what you eat, can even change your mood! Of course this doesn’t mean you should start comfort eating, but by munching on healthy snacks (like our crunch bars!) you’ll be surprised at how much it helps to lift your mood. Fruits and salads are packed with essential vitamins, minerals and other natural goodies to help our bodies calm down and feel better.
Get it off your chest
Sometimes, all it takes is a good rant to make us feel better. When we’re stressed, talking it through with someone else can be amazingly therapeutic. Go and have a coffee break with a friend, send a text or give someone a ring – they will be able to offer you advice to help you see things differently or just be there to listen. If talking to someone isn’t an option, write it down! Jot down everything that’s bothering you and by the time you reach the end you should be feeling a lot calmer.
The above stress relief tips are basic, but effective. The next time you feel like things are starting to get on top of you, try out one of the above and don’t let stress win! Of course we all have our own little ways of dealing with pressure, so get in touch and let us know if you have any great techniques to share.