If there is one way to best define dealing with stress, it has to be breathing in and out. And that is actually the best way to overcome stress and de-focus yourself from it – according to many experts.
However, breathing in and out may only help temporarily. There are tons of people who find it hard to actually get rid of stress, and feel captured by it in their subconscious mind. So, how to best overcome stress?
We are sharing a list of tips for effective stress management below:
Identify the source
What is it that makes you stressful? Is it a recent event, a loss of a loved one, too many tasks to deal with or your procrastination?
You should at first learn to identify the source of stress and focus on your thoughts, feelings and behaviors that contribute to your everyday stress levels. The best way to define your true source of stress is by looking on your habits, attitude and excuses and accept the responsibility for the role you play in creating or maintaining it.
Replace Your Unhealthy Coping Strategies With Effective Stress Management Techniques
After you know the source of stress, you should try and think about the ways to currently manage and cope with it. A stress journal can help you a lot in that matter and help you see how healthy or unhealthy your coping strategies are.
For example, the unhealthy ways of coping with stress include smoking, using pills or drugs to relax, drinking too much, withdrawing from friends, bingeing on junk or comfort food, procrastinating, sleeping too much or zoning out for hours looking at your phone.
Try to replace the above mentioned ineffective techniques with ones that contribute to your greater emotional and physical health to feel calm and in control. For example, you can try:
- talking to people you trust
- Walking or cycling to the grocery store
- Parking your car to the farthest spot and walking
- Pairing up with an exercise partner and encouraging yourself working out
- Playing ping-pong or other fun activity-based games with your kids etc.
As you can see, the general idea is to connect with others but also connect with yourself in a way that is not hurting or zoning you away. Instead, in a way that is actively helping you boost the positive hormones and bring energy to your mood.