We all get stressed, that is an inevitable part of life. However, many people let their stress go unchecked and take control of their lives. And this does not have to be the case. There are hundreds of ways to manage stress and self-care is a common way to handle all that life throws at you. You can check out 101 ways to practice self-care, in this article we will draw from this list and tackle 6 ways to manage your stress easily.
What are the Symptoms of Stress?
There are a plethora of symptoms of stress, some of which you may not be familiar with. Here is a list of some of the symptoms of stress which you might be experiencing.
- Grinding teeth
- Stuttering / stammering
- Neck ache or back pain
- Lightheadedness / faintness / dizziness
- Frequent blushing
- Frequent sweating
- Dry mouth
- Frequent colds
- Rashes, itching, or hives
- Excess belching or flatulence
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Difficulty breathing
- Excess anxiety
- Increased anger or frustration
- frequent or wild mood swings
- Increased or decreased appetite
- Difficulty concentrating
- Trouble learning new information
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Nervous habits such as fidgeting or feet tapping
- Increased irritability
- Overreaction to petty annoyances
- Reduced work efficiency or productivity
- Social withdrawal
- Constant tiredness or fatigue
- Weight gain or loss (without diet)
Keep in mind that this already lengthy and simplified list of symptoms are only a small portion of the possible symptoms of stress. If you are feeling stress or any of these symptoms, try some of these methods to manage your stress and possible reduce these symptoms.
Get Enough Sleep
One of the first and easiest ways to manage your stress is to get enough sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers need about 8-10 hours, younger adults and adults need 7-9 hours, and older adults require 7-8 hours. If you are not getting enough sleep, it is likely that the sleep deprivation is aggravating your stress, especially your symptoms. SO, get the amount of sleep your body requires to keep itself regulated!
You’ve heard it over and over again, eating right does wonders. Now, this one isn’t necessarily easy; however, there are easy ways to eat right. Try snacking on your favorite vegetables, or saying no to sugary treats. Drink carbonated water instead of soda or coffee instead of an energy drink. Doing one of these easy tasks each day is a simple start to eating healthy and managing your stress.
Go For A Walk or Run
It is well documented that exercise is great for mental and physical well-being, so it goes without saying that going for a quick 5 or 10 minute walk or run can help to relieve stress among other physical and mental ailments. If you live somewhere where the weather allows you to, I highly recommend walking or running outdoors! The fresh air and sunlight will do wonders for you mood! Just be sure to drink enough water!
What is meditation? Meditation is a practice of mindfulness. What is great about meditation is that you can do it while doing other activities like cleaning or taking a walk. When you are driving you can turn off the radio and mindfully focus on your driving. While walking keep your headphones out and pay attention to the nature and noise around you, or focus on your breathing. Practicing mindful meditation allows you to get out of your head and therefore helps you to manage your stress. This one is a easy no-brainer.
Having some kind of creative outlet can do wonders to your stress. I know that when I get super stressed, stopping for a moment and doing some painting or drawing can turn my mood around quickly. If you aren’t super creative or you are out of ideas try some of these fun art activities for stress
- Finger paint
- Coloring book
- Draw your mood
- Playdough or clay
- Image Collage
Clean Up Your Space
Chaos and mess can exacerbate stress. This often stems from a lack of control. Doing a simple clean up or declutter of your space can change your mood and help you to relieve your stress. It relieves you from clutter, can save you money, can be a form of exercise, and can be a form of meditation.
It’s obvious why cleaning up relieves you from stress. It can save you money in many ways. First, you can sell stuff you don’t use, but is still usable. Someone else may enjoy what you do not. Second, you save money from coming to terms with what you don’t need and you avoid buying it again. If you find that you’ve never used some of your kitchen appliances, sell them or gift them. Now you know you’ll never use something like that and you can avoid buying it in the future.
Cleaning is a form of exercise, of course this is once again, obvious. You are moving around lifting items, moving items, etc. You are getting a nice little workout in. Cleaning is also a form of meditation. Practicing mindfulness and meditating while you clean is one of the easiest ways to manage your stress. You are likely to get the cleaning done anyways, might as well enhance its positive effects!
Whenever you are feeling stressed, be sure to try some of these easy stress management techniques. Try to get enough sleep, eat right, go for a walk or run, meditate, be creative, or clean up your space.