Are you still feeling stressed?
Well, we hope not! But let us pick back up where we last left off in our previous post about some of the things that you can do to reduce and manage your stress.
Our last tip was to write out the things causing you stress and anxiety, and to rate them on a scale from 1 to 5. Luckily, there are hundreds of additional ways to manage and reduce stress, which we will cover in this last blog post.
“If you’re living with high levels of stress, you’re putting your entire well-being at risk. Stress wreaks havoc on your emotional equilibrium, as well as your physical health. It narrows your ability to think clearly, function effectively, and enjoy life.” Helpguide.org
Tip #3: Maintain a positive mind and attitude.
Far too often do people complain about various problems in their life or at work while they are stressed. While opening up to someone is always healthy and therapeutic, constantly complaining about all of the negativity you are dealing with is actually more detrimental than constructive in managing and reducing stress.
Rather, studies have shown that people who think positive thoughts and maintain a positive attitude can fight and push through bouts of stress by keeping the larger goal or aim in mind. Not only that, but it has also been shown that by focusing on the negative, you put yourself in a position of feeling like a victim of your stress, which leads to depression and sadness. Instead, try and fight through these situations with a positive, healthy attitude, and never be too shy to ask for help if you need it.
Tip #4: Have a quick snack or sit down for a meal.
Stress is, well, stressful. And remember when you were in college? Constantly stressed out about your homework assignments and tests? And then eating pizza and junk food to get you through those late nights? We were all there at one time or another, whether you went to college or not.
However, eating these types of foods will not only cause weight gain and future health related issues, but it will not help you reduce the stress you are feeling at this very moment. Instead, take time to eat food. Whether it be 5 minutes or an hour. Focus on what you eat, and remember to always eat healthy foods. These will help to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to be more productive, and promote physical and mental health.