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Stress is something we’ve all experienced at some level and have our ways of coping. According to Popular Science magazine, 33% of adults in the U.S. have reported stress has had an impact on their mental health. While acute stress can be good for us, driving us forward and ending procrastination, too much stress can lead to some serious health problems.
The best way to handle stress is to find ways to manage it and let it go. If you’re having a hard time releasing the stress in your life, here are 7 fun ideas to start practicing today.
1. Chill with your pet. When stressed, chilling out with your pet can help you relax. No matter if you’re a cat or dog person, or have another furry (or non-furry) friend, studies have shown hanging out with your pet can improve your mood and relieve stress.
2. Organize you space. An unorganized space can lead to a lot of stress and tension. In a study done by UCLA, they found physical clutter lead to an overload of the senses and minimize the ability to be creative and problem solving. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take some time to declutter your space and clear your chi.
3. Take a walk. Strolling around your neighborhood or at the park can have a huge impact on your mood. Studies have shown spending time in nature can also help to ease depression, improve your focus, and strengthen your immunity. Grab a friend to walk with or practice a meditation walk where you focus on your breath and steps. Whatever you do, being outside with nature is the important thing.
4. Practice gratitude. We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms. Because of that, it can be easy to get wrapped up with what someone else is doing and their achievements. Take some some time to unplug and find gratitude in the world around you.
5. Understand your triggers. Stress is a part of life and something we’ve all experienced on some level. To help you deal with your stress, take some time to understand what triggers your stress levels and what you can do to better manage those triggers (or at least how you deal with them). Some ideas to help you identify your triggers, try keeping a stress journal or pay attention to how your body responses to situations.
6. Take up a creative project. Adult coloring books are popular right now and, if you enjoy coloring, these might be something worth investing in. If you’re not into coloring, a writing journal or paint set may be the better option for you. The key is to find some kind of art, craft, or creative project you can do to release anxiety and deal with internal conflict.
7. Learn to say no. If you find yourself over-committing, now is the time to start saying no. Your time is valuable and shouldn’t be given to projects you don’t feel passionate about or people you don’t like to be around. Instead, practice saying no to things that you’re not interested in or take you away from spending time with your friends or family.
Now is the time to start practicing ways to relieve stress and find a happy balance. Things won’t always go in your favor, but as you find and implement ways to handle difficult situations, the better you’ll be able to adjust when things go wrong.