Stress is an inevitable part of life, and it can significantly impact our mental health if not managed properly. In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month this May, we wanted to emphasize the importance of coping with stress in healthy and productive ways in order for it to take less of a toll on your overall mental health. Whether it’s meditation, exercise, or talking to a therapist, there are plenty of ways to manage stress. After all, mental health is just as important as physical health! That said, If you feel you’re struggling with your mental health, there is no shame in asking for help from a loved one or professional!
Here are some healthy ways to cope with stress:
Exercise is not only great for physical health but also for mental health! It can work as a healthy distraction, plus getting your blood flowing can boost your mood and reduce stress and anxiety.
Go On A Walk/Get Outside
In junction with the above, being active can boost your mood and reduce stress, but sometimes getting ourselves to do an actual workout or go to the gym can feel overwhelming in times of stress. Going on a walk is a simple way to get your heart pumping while getting you out and about. Fresh air also does wonders!
Meditation is said to bring a great sense of calm and balance. It’s a great way to tune out the outside world and whatever may be causing you to stress and take some time to refocus your energy. If you’re new to meditation there are tons of free guided resources available, even on YouTube.
Sometimes a simple distraction is all we need. After all, sitting around and wallowing in stress does nothing positive. Reading is a great way to focus on something else and take your mind off things for some temporary relief. Once you’ve read a chapter or two you may even close your book feeling relaxed and refreshed instead of stressed!
Take A Bath Or Shower
A simple way to calm stress and anxiety is with a nice warm bath or shower. Plus, it’s simultaneously self-care! Simply relax in the water, or treat yourself to all your favourite shower rituals (think hair mask, exfoliation, etc.) and come out feeling brand new!
Sometimes simply writing down and facing what is stressing you out head-on can really help put it into perspective. Write down your current stressors and some ways that you think may alleviate them to create tangible plans of action.
Call A Friend
Hearing the sound of a friendly voice can help stress melt away. Whether you decide you want to vent or just chat, talking to a friend or family member seems to always help.
Now this tip might not seem very attractive, but cleaning when you’re stressed can help place that energy elsewhere and provide a nice serotonin boost! Plus when you’re stressed, a clean home can really help calm the noise.
Talk To A Therapist
Last but certainly not least, is therapy! Speaking with a trained professional in a confidential and non-judgmental setting can provide you with a safe space to explore your thoughts and feelings. A therapist can offer personalized tips and resources tailored to your specific needs, which can be especially beneficial if you’ve been struggling with chronic stress.
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