Did you know 75% of Australians say stress affects their physical health? While 64% said it affects their mental health. If you are reading this I’m pretty sure stress is an issue or it has been an issue at some point in your life, I know for me it has.
I’ve suffered physically from getting adrenal fatigue by overworking and not getting enough rest, I’ve also suffered mentally by getting episodes of anxiety attacks at stages of my life. We are all prone to stress in our lives but does that mean stress is bad?
Absolutely not, we need stress in our lives, this is how we grow and adapt but just like everything we need it in moderation. Here are the top 5 ways I manage stress and hopefully they can work for you as well.
- Physical Activity
It doesn’t matter what type of physical activity it is, it could be taking the dog for a walk, kicking a ball with your kids or going for a swim. As long as your getting that endorphin hit that makes you feel good and maybe even getting a valuable distraction from your worries.
2. Prioritize Sleep
Something that can be hard to come by when your stressed is good quality sleep. Getting to sleep can be hard enough as you lay there thinking of every little thing in your head. Try to get 7-9 hours of deep restful sleep a night and even look at adding a supplement like magnesium to help.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and forget about “me” time. Now meditation isn’t for everyone that’s why I put relaxation. Find what works for you, something that helps you clear your head and just allows you to breathe.
4. Get it off your Chest (Talk to Someone)
For me, this is the hardest one to do but also the most important. As we get older we hold onto things, hold onto thoughts and emotions because we don’t want to look weak or be a burden on others. Talking is great for releasing some of the built-up tension and getting it off our chest. Either talk to a close friend, family member or a trained professional.
5. Plan & Reassess
At times stress makes us feel like we’re not in control like there’s too much to do and that there’s not enough time. This is where we need to sit down and think about the problem at hand, come up with solutions, writing to do lists and prioritizing your time. Planning your day, your week, and your year will give you clarity and feel like your back in control.