No matter how good things are in your life, there are going to be times when you feel a little stressed out. But sometimes stress can escalate until you feel overwhelmed, and at the end of your rope. In those situations, it’s important to know that you aren’t stuck feeling that way—there are things you can do to manage stress, so that it doesn’t impact other areas of your life. Try these tips today:
Take care of your physical health. It can be tempting to stay on the sofa eating comfort food, but try to get active. Exercising helps you forget about work deadlines or family drama for a little while, and releases feel-good endorphins. On the other hand, smoking, drinking, and overeating can make stress worse.
Control what you can. You don’t always have power over what happens to you, but often you have some say in the matter. Try saying no sometimes—whether to a colleague asking for help when you’re already stretched thin, or a cousin throwing a birthday party on an already hectic weekend.
Take a little break. There’s a reason “me time” is such a popular idea—it lets you relax and reduces stress. So take a few minutes every day to do something just because you enjoy it, whether it’s cuddling with your dog, calling your best friend, treating yourself to an afternoon tea, or turning on some of your favorite music for a little.
Lean on your friends and family. Don’t try to get through stressful situations alone. Talking about your issues with someone you trust can help you feel like there’s less of a burden on your shoulders. Pick a confidant who helps you feel calm and in control—if, for example, your sister ends up stressing you out, she might not be the best person for this.
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