Some advice from REACHOUT.com
We all do get stressed at times.
The causes of stress are countless, and there are as many different ways to deal with it. To make things a bit easier, we put together eight simple ways to manage stress.
Talk to your friends about what’s stressing you out – it might be helpful. Hanging out and having a laugh might take your mind off things for a while.
In fact exercise of any kind can be a good way to relieve stress. Getting rid of excess energy can leave you calmer, and might even give you a better night’s sleep.
Set realistic goals
Whether it’s for study, work or just dealing with everyday life, setting achievable goals can help you to manage stress. Working out priorities and then moving through short and long-term goals can help you to keep a sense of perspective.
Give yourself options
There’s never just one path through life, or one set way of achieving goals. Whatever you’re planning, from holidays to study or work options, try investigating other directions. You might surprise yourself with what you discover and achieve.
Mind your thoughts
Your thoughts and attitude influence the way you see things. A bit of positive self-talk can be invaluable in helping you to sort out a stressful situation.
Try avoiding stimulants
Smoking, caffeine and alcohol can seem like good options for short-term stress release. But over time they can make you more stressed out, so minimising your intake can help keep stress at bay.
Talk to somebody
If you are finding it hard to manage your stress alone it can be beneficial to talk to someone else. Parents, teachers or counsellors could be an option. There is also face-to-face help available from various different sources should you feel you need it.
This is the one we’ve all heard of to help us de-stress, but deep breathing shouldn’t be underestimated. It can help to relax the body and mind, and if you’ve something important to do it can help you to focus.
Try this breathing exercise to get you started:
- Put your hands on your stomach, and breathe in and out of the tummy
- Breath in and then out, counting how long it takes each way
- On the next breath, breath in for five seconds and out for five seconds. Do this for 10 breaths, making a conscious decision to try and relax as much as possible
- For 10 more breaths, breath in for seven seconds and out for seven seconds.
Your pulse rate should be lower, and your breath more steady after this exercise as your heart-rate is brought into its optimal level. Practice this, so that you know when to use it for best effect.