How to combat stress and control it
- Company – It doesn’t matter whether you’re more of an introvert or an extrovert, spending time with people you love is a must. Even if it is a fifteen-minute conversation on the phone with your mum, or face timing your dog from University. Being around or talking to people you love can instantly brighten your day. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to constantly be around others. It is also a good idea to have some time to yourself as well.
- Be creative – Personally, when I get a bit stressed I love to create. This varies from editing pictures to up keeping my Instagram. It doesn’t matter what I do as long as I’m being creative it makes me feel a bit better. The good thing about this is being creative doesn’t just limit itself to art or media. You can write an informative article, or bake a cake or even solve a maths problem. Creativity is everywhere, you just have to find your suit.
- Watch a program – Dedicate one hour a week to watching that program that has sparked your interest. I put aside an hour on a Wednesday evening to watch The Simpsons and enjoy that little break from the stress of being an adult. Whether you lay on your bed snuggled into a blanket, or you’re on the train home from work, dedicating that time to yourself helps.
- Meditate – If you don’t like the idea of sitting on the floor in an empty room there are alternatives. A simple one is to take a bath. Pour in some bubbles and you’re set for a relaxing night. I’d suggest to not bring in a book or to watch anything whilst you’re in there. Instead, clear your mind and just breathe. Think about what you love and who loves you, it’s a great way to remind yourself of the great things in life.
- Reminisce – Look through old photographs. It is a great way to cheer yourself up, especially if you look at pictures of your old adventures. Funny memories always help cheer us up.
- Treat yourself – Now, this is a classic. It’s always nice to treat yourself to that pair of shoes you wanted or the signed copy of that book you love. It just makes you realise how hard you’ve been working and it helps keep you motivated.
- Listen to music – When I’m stressed my go to my Spotify account and play through some of the playlists I have created. It’s also good to find a song that relaxes you, at the moment mine is Scar Tissue by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
- Go on a day trip – Sometimes all you need is a cool trip out with your friends. Picnics are my go to idea for cheap days out. Each person brings something different and you just set up in your local park. Or a day walking around your local Market is a good idea, or get on the train to somewhere new or somewhere you love (my favourite places are York and Whitby).
- Make some good food – Whether you’re a vegan or you’re a meat-eater, good food is the way to the soul. So taking that extra portion of time to create something you saw on Pinterest isn’t going to harm you. In fact, it will fill your stomach and your mind with goodness.
- Read – It doesn’t have to be a book, reading stretches further than that. As long as you’re reading daily it doesn’t matter whether you read a Dickens book or a leaflet about Wales. It all adds up.
- Skincare routines – Sometimes a skin care routine can be that little bit of pampering that gets rid of your stress you before bed. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, we’re all on a budget. A great method that counsellors advise to try combat stress is to get a ritual before bed or on a morning, it gives you consistency, distraction and keeps you active. Try making your own face mask with the fruit that you have at home. Or just rubbing some moisturiser on before bed. Either way, healthy skin improves your self-confidence and gives you one less thing to worry about (SPOTS!!).
- Monitor your stress levels – Keep a journal, write down when you are stressed, what happened before, during and after. This will help you to see what stresses you the most, how you can deal with it and hopefully not be stressed by it in the future, which is great for long-term stress relief. It also provides short-term stress relief as it can take you out of the situation for a short while as you write, a great distraction.
- Sometimes all we need is a hug. Simple as that.
Hopefully, these things will help you take away some of the stress, or allow you to focus more on the good side of life. Like I mentioned, stress will never fully disappear, but it is something we can control. These are things that are affordable and accessible for everyone, you don’t have to do all of them or any of them. Remember, we all deal with stress in a different way. These are just a few suggestions on how to combar stress, let me know in the comment section what you like to do to relax.