Stress can take over your life and making living day-to-day very difficult. It can affect your sleep, peace of mind, digestive health and immune system. This list offers ways to help manage it, all of these things have had a very positive impact for me.
I’m a huge believer of fixing things naturally or finding the cause of the problem, rather than getting drugs from a doctor.
I tried some multivitamins from Health 2000, the first was Blackmores B-Complex which turned me from running around like a headless chicken, to sitting at the desk thinking everything is absolutely fine! I have also tried Lighthouse Stress and Stamina Support which was perfect while I was studying full-time because it allowed me to focus better.
There is such a large range of vitamin pills that can help to relieve stress, or how about including certain foods into your diet to assist such as Asparagus, Avocados, Berries, Cashews, Green Tea, Oatmeal or Oysters.
Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day to establish a good pattern, get around 7 hours sleep, and make your bedroom extra cosy to ensure you get your downtime.
3. Maintain healthy relationships with friends and family.
When you are trying to deal with things in your life stressing you out, the last thing you need is other people adding to it! If it is getting too much, take a break from that person.
4. Ensure you get enough ‘Me’ time.
Have a bath, light a candle, relax with a glass of wine, read a book or your favourite magazine. Whatever it takes, you need alone time to work on yourself, relax and rejuvenate. If you have kids, hire a babysitter for a few hours if that’s what it takes.
5. Learn how to wind down.
I have trouble sleeping so I made it my New Years Resolution to truly learn how to relax at the end of the night. Things that helped me are – comfortable bedding, making your bed every morning so its nice to climb into at night, lighting a candle at night (this one is incredible), have a glass of wine, have a bath (the warmth will help you to relax and make you tired), and also keeping a To-Do List, so when you are lying in bed and you think of something, you can write it down and to take it off your mind straight away.
There’s no doubt about it, if I have done some kind of exercise or physical activity during the day, it is a lot easier to fall asleep than if I spent the whole day inside barely moving. It will help the blood flow around your body and help you to breathe better.
7. Organise a calendar
This will help lay everything out so you can see whats coming up in your life. It’s easier to see on paper rather than in your mind.
View my organisation tips that can assist here.
8. Do things you enjoy.
Take a day to pursue your favourite hobby. Whats that thing on your list you have been wanting to try for ages? What makes you happy more than anything else? Take your partner to a restaurant or relax in front of the fire or have brunch with your friends.
Do something that will take your mind off everything for a while.
9. Get a pet.
I highly recommend a dog. They are the most loyal creature on earth and bring great happiness. It will even soothe your mind just taking your dog for a walk in the park or to the beach. Pets are also great to snuggle with!
10. Get emotional support or advice from friends.
They may help you make a right decision, or just be there for you to talk to. It’s relieving when you can just get things off your chest and just tell someone.
11. Write down what’s bothering you.
Then figure out a step-by-step way to overcome it. Once its down on paper, it’s easier to deal with.
12. Stop saying YES to everything.
I like this quote – You are busy with what you say yes to.
If it gets to a stage you can’t handle, stop taking so much on.
Comment what has helped you the most to manage stress!