With September around the corner, all of us here at gagimedia are gearing up for the back to school season. With school in session comes the inevitable overload of both work and commitments. This business in your life is a good thing but, it can also lead to stress. Stress can be either a good thing or a bad thing. It all depends how you are going to deal with said stress and how you are going to overcome it. We have organized some of the top stress management tips to help you this September!
1.Listen to Music
Music is the key to our soul, and this is a great stress management tip. Try playing classical music to help de-stress and relax. When you play calming music, your blood pressure will lower and your brain will reduce cortisol, which is the hormone linked to stress. If you do not like classical music, try neutral ocean or nature sounds, they will have the same desired effect.
2. Calling a Friend
Sometimes a sensitive ear will make all the difference when dealing with stress. A strong relationship can be the difference between a healthy lifestyle and one that is lacking in the health department. These friends can act as the voice of reason and put your situation in perspective.
3. Talk yourself through it
You are only crazy if you answer your own questions! Sometimes a phone call is not possible to a friend. In this case just talk yourself through this rough time, you are not going to seem crazy. Tell yourself why you are stressed out, what you need to get done and in what time frame, and of course tell yourself everything is going to be ok. This is truly a great option to get through the evil stress.
Stress levels and your diet are closer than you would think. When we are stressed we generally look for the instant fix, so we turn to high calorie and high sugar substitutes. This is the opposite of what you should be doing. Instead of grabbing a candy bar from the vending machine, try to think ahead and pack some fruits or veggies. As well, a balanced diet that is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids such as fish have been proven to reduce the symptoms of stress. Reach for that smoked salmon for a true brain food!
5. Laughter is the best medicine
Sometimes a good laugh can cure all, and this is certainly true about stress. When you share a laugh you are going to decrease the stress causing hormones such as cortisole and adrenaline which will trick your nervous system into making you happy and stress free. Remember though, if you stuck in the library writing that mid term paper that is due in a few hours… it might not be the best time to break into laughter. Try YouTube or comedy channel for some great laughs.
6. Tea time!
Tea has worked for the Chinese and British for a century or more, why would it not work for you! Doses of caffeine cause a short term spike in blood pressure, which will put your hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis into overdrive. Thus, avoid those high caffeine energy drinks or coffee instead, try green tea. Green tea has less than half of the caffeine or coffee, and contains theanin an amino acid that has a calming and a soothing effect on the nervous system. Plus the tea is full of antioxidants which will keep you youthful and energetic!
7. Find your meta
Many of the above are quick fixes, sometimes your lifestyle is going to need a full switch to become stress free. Mindfulness is a concept that comes up quite a bit for those looking to live stress free. This comes in the meditative and somatic approaches to mental health that continue to dominant the field of psychotherapy. Whether you are practicing yoga or tai chi, these types of exercise incorporate both physical and mental exercise that prevents stress from becoming a problem. Look for some great classes around your area, many are your first week is free as a trial!
Exercise is extremely quick for bringing your mind back to reality and allowing you to get your mind off stress. This does not mean you are going to have to start training for the triathlon that is happening next week. Take a quick walk to marketing and see what they are up to, or a lap of the library. This will give you immediate relief in this stressful situation. You get your blood moving which will release endorphins which will instantaneously improve your mood.
9. A goods night rest can make all the difference
Lack of sleep is a key stressor that ends up causing stress. Plus, stress can cause lack of sleep and it is a vicious cycle. The brain and body are going to need to be working on the same time, and interruption to sleeping patterns are only going to make the stress get worse. Try to sleep on 1.5 intervals, meaning try to sleep for 3, 4.5, 6, 7.5 or 9 hours. You will wake up feeling more refreshed, and ready to start the day. These intervals are the body’s natural circadian rhythm and thus will help with stress.
10. Learn about the stressors in your life
Stress is unavoidable and you will have to learn to accept it, and learn how to deal with accordingly. If you are too stressed you are going to potentially hurt yourself through either physical pain or with a mental breakdown. Understand and listen to your body, and find what is giving you stress. Whether it be work, home, or relationship, learn to manage and get better.
We have listed some helpful suggestions on how to deal with everyday stress. Did we miss your favorite way to deal with stress? Let us know in the comments!