Stress. We all have to face it on some level, and at times, it can be quite overwhelming- affecting our overall health and mental well-being. It's near impossible to avoid so how we cope is very important. Here are 3 healthy ways in which you can deal with the stress you face on a daily basis.
1. Exercise regularly. Besides the wonderful effect of releasing those happy, feel good endorphins, working out is also a great way to help distract you from your stressors. Yoga is my stress relief since all I am able to focus on are my yoga poses and deep breathing. Find a workout that suits you best. You don't have to join a gym in order to reap the benefits of exercise. Doing something fun like taking a dance class can also be quite beneficial.
2. Talk it out. Discussing what is stressing you out can be cathartic. The love and support you receive from a loved one can be a huge stress reliever. If you're feeling extremely stressed, look into counseling. A therapist can provide you with effective tools to help you cope and can provide a safe environment in which you can express your feelings.
3. Find something you like and go do it. Balance is key to feeling physically and mentally healthy so just like you make time for your job, family, chores, etc., also make time to relax. Not only do you deserve it, but you need it too. Find a hobby or activity that can help you calm down and unwind. For example, reading a good book helps me to de-stress and escape from the everyday world.
Don't allow the stress in your life to take over and consume you. Knowing you have the power to help conquer your stressors is the first step in relinquishing them so don't wait or procrastinate. Take action today!
Alicia Emamdee is the author of the YA Romance novel, “Aloha Self-Esteem?” which is created specifically for teen girls and the challenges they face with regards to their self-esteem in our society today. Written as a love story, the book provides ways to help increase self-esteem and gain self-confidence.