How do you deal with the failure of your plans? Do you like to roll with the punches? Or is your anxiety preventing you from enjoying life? To a large extent, our personality determines how we deal with stress in our lives, but here are five things you can do to help keep your stress under control:
1. Take a vacation
It does not have to be a luxurious vacation resort. A day at the beach or an afternoon at the park should suffice. You can be anywhere and not think about your bills, work, or other worries. Take some time for yourself; it's essential! With a new perspective, you'll feel better.
2. Deactivate your cell phone
The added convenience that cell phones have brought to our lives can be a double-edged sword. We rely on them so much that it appears we can't live without them. Because of this increased accessibility, not only can our loved ones contact us at any time, but so can our employers. If your employer has a legitimate need for your cell phone number, make it clear when you can and cannot be reached. You have complete control over your vacation time.
3. Reward yourself
Register for a yoga class at your neighborhood gym or community center. The costs are minimal, and you'll feel better after just one session. A monthly massage or spa treatment is another excellent way to recharge. You'll feel like a million-dollar bowl of jelly when you leave.
4. Have faith in yourself.
Saying a short prayer in times of stress can help you feel more at ease, especially if you have no control over the situation. According to studies, people who believe in a higher power have lower blood pressure. Being able to forgive others can also affect your blood pressure. Keeping a grudge is bad for your health!
5. Get more sleep
Living on less than 6 hours of sleep per night is very common in our society. However, experts maintain that we require at least 8 hours. Not only to rest our bodies but also to refresh our minds. "Tired" and "cranky" appear to be synonyms. Therefore, do not use your bedroom to watch the news or complete office work. Instead, make that room your haven, a place to unwind and escape the stress of the day. To unwind, make a hot cup of tea, take a warm bath, or read a paperback.
Stress cannot be avoided. But it is up to us to do something about it. So experiment with these ideas to see what works best for you!