You hear stories about how stress kills, and you don’t want to believe it. But it’s true. The stress hormone Cortisol is the main culprit in triggering many health problems, and even the tips we give can have a negative impact on your health. But stress isn’t always bad for you. In fact, it can be a great thing if you’re looking to relieve some of your stress without resorting to medication or therapy. It’s when we take too much of a thing that it becomes overwhelming, not what we can control but how we react to certain situations. So let’s take a look at how you can relieve stress while still being able to function normally.
Change Up Your Schedule
Have you ever said to yourself, “I need to be at work on Monday, so I’ll be fine.” But then you got there and found you weren’t alone in your schedule issues. There were employees who didn’t have the same schedule as you and therefore weren’t able to fit in all the work obligations. The key here is finding a schedule that works for you. You may prefer working on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, or you may prefer taking a weekend or vacation day to make your schedule more flexible. Whatever schedule you decide on, make sure it is flexible enough to work for other people. If someone else is working a Monday through Friday job, that may be a better schedule for you.
Read Something Different
If you’re an only child, it may be a good idea to “read” your other parent’s thoughts. Reading can help you get a better understanding of what they’re going through at the same time you’re figuring out your own. Good books are free, easy to understand, and don’t involve any deep thoughts. You can also try to find books that have been written specifically for you. You may find that reading a different author’s work helps you understand their spin on the same topic better.
Take It Off Right When All the figuring Out Stops
“All this talking and I’m not even sick!” You might be thinking to yourself. “I must be over-reacting, I’m only in the car for a few minutes.” But don’t worry. It’s not too late to turn back time and take care of your anxiety. You can still take steps to help your anxiety get better. Start by not starting any projects or activities that you know you can’t finish. If your job requires you to do certain tasks, try to find ways to make them easier. For example, find a hobby that you can add to your schedule that allows you to take your mind off of work and the world outside.
Walk It Out
We have an incredible ability to overanalyze things. We’re always trying to find new ways to overanalyze situations so that they don’t exist. But walking it out (aka breaking the cycle) is a different type of overanalyze. You won’t be able to explain away everything bad that’s going on in your life but you’ll be able to walk it out and come back to it with a fresh set of eyes. You don’t have to stay in a rut and constantly be thinking about things that aren’t actually happening. You just have to make an effort to break the cycle and let go of the past and forget about it.
Learn a New Skill or Training Aid
Learning a new skill or training aid can be extremely helpful in relieving stress. It can also be a way to normalize your situation so that you’re less likely to overreact or become stressed out again. If you have a job that requires you to take a specific class or license, schedule time so that you can take the class. Scheduling out time for a certain activity can help you relax and stop worrying about the next day’s schedule.
Exercising can help you relax and get your mind off of all the things that are going on in your life. It’s not just about getting your body moving that it’s about your mind. Exercising can help you regulate your emotions as well. It can help you deal with stress and anxiety better. It can help you keep yourself from getting over-sickened and having a cardiac arrest. Exercising can help you find balance in your life. It can improve your work-life balance and help you avoid becoming too consumed with your job. It’s best to start your journey by discovering what kind of routine works best for you. Be sure to include some of the things above in your list of things to do this week. Start small and incorporate them into your daily routine. And don’t forget to be patient with yourself! You’re never going to figure this out overnight and you’re never going to feel like you’re doing this by yourself. Exercising is one of the best ways to help you get your mind off of all the things that are going on in your life. And the truth is, it’s also one of the best ways to help your body get back on its feet.