Stress Awareness Month – Tips to handle stress

Since it’s stress awareness month, I wanted to share my tips that help me calm down, refresh and relax when I’m going through a stressful time in my life.  

Stress is always going to be there, throughout a variety of activities and stages in your life; you will feel stressed many times. However, it’s important to try and compact the stress to not let it overtake your day-to-day routine.  

I’ll be honest and admit that me handling my stress is no where near as good as I’d like it to be. Stress is something that I really struggle with and I VERY easily get stressed.  

However, I do try my best to help myself by using these tips: 

1 – Make a list
Something that works well for me is making a list of things I need to do. Often, I feel overwhelmed with tasks I need to do, whether that’s in work or personal life. Therefore, I make a list to make sure I remember things and to then feel relief once I have completed the task and can tick it off. You don’t necessarily have to write the list down; I have a list app on my phone so I have the list with me at all times.  

2 – Talk things through with someone
Sometimes, all you need to do is have a chat with someone to get off your chest what is stressing you out. Once you have spoken about things, you may feel a weight lifted because you was able to talk about it and have someone respond back to you giving you advice, or simply just listening and giving your support.  

3 – Do some exercise
I am a massive fan of exercise when I feel stressed or down. Exercise is something that really helps me unwind and feel better. You could go for a walk, a short run, or even do something at home. It doesn’t have to be hardcore or long but make it effective enough to make a difference on your mood and stress levels.  

4 – Have some me time
It’s important to give some time to yourself. When you’re feeling stressed, sometimes just sitting there and thinking your thoughts through without anyone else or any distractions can really help your mind calm down and figure out what it is exactly you need to do or what’s stressing you out. When you’re constantly busy and seeing people, you don’t get a chance to interact with your mind.  

5 – Take a day off
If you’re stressed through work or your personal life is manic, if you can, take a day off. The number of times I hear people say along the lines of ‘wow that day off has refreshed me so much’. The issue is with feeling stressed is that you may feel like you physically can’t take the day off because you’re so busy or there’s deadlines to meet. However, having that day off to spend it the way you want to or to just stay in bed all day and catch up on sleep can really make the world of difference. If you can, give yourself the rest.