How to deal with stress

This month is all about stress awareness month. I am sure we can all relate, so I here’s are a few ideas that we can work with to combat stress and live our best life. Sound good to you? Let’s go!

1. What can you control?

Often stress is a reaction to something or someone that is out of your control. You didn’t feel heard at work, someone stepped on your toes, your spouse doesn’t seem to be listening to you, or you feel completely overwhelmed by college and university and can’t see how you are going to make that dream happen. There are endless factors in life that are really not in our control, so the first stress buster nugget is to look at what you can and cannot control. There’s nothing more stressful than trying to change something that is frankly out of your sphere of influence.

2. What can you reframe?

How you look at something will determine how you see it. If you can take a moment to find alternative ways to look at your circumstance then you might find that sense of relief that I can totally relate too. For example, when you go for 10 job interviews and get none of them, and in fact, only one wrote back to you to let you know you were rejected, this can be tough! It can even make you internalize the situation as “there’s something wrong with me.” That’s actually not true. You are no a mind reader, and that thought is really just an opinion with no hard facts to back it up. So instead this is how you would reframe this scenario. “I applied for 10 jobs, and they choose to go in a different direction. I’m still looking for the right fit.”

3. Check your diet.

There’s a saying that goes around “we are what we eat.” Now I’m not trying to tell you what you should eat here, but perhaps it’s worth being mindful of the food we are consuming. Salad may not be the most appealing to you, and perhaps you secretly love a slice of chocolate cake, or two (I do too!). However, science shows us that certain foods help or hinder our progress when it comes to busting stress.

Here are 10 stress-busting foods that you may want to incorporate:

  • Herbal Tea
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Wholegrain’s
  • Avocados
  • Fatty-fish
  • Warm milk (great for helping you sleep too)
  • Nuts
  • Citrus Fruits and Strawberries
  • Probiotic Yogurt
  • Foods high in fibre

4. Find the positives in your day.

I keep a bullet journal these days, but you can grab a notebook and keep a list of things you are thankful for. I love to include a spread in my journal called “Highlight of the day.” It’s a great way to make you reflect and keep track of something good that’s happened to your day that you can look back on during a tough day.

5. Celebrate your wins.

Instead of fixing your focus on the problem or the pain that you have in a particular area, make sure you are leaving room to celebrate your wins. I like to set small goals each day and when I reach them I like to treat myself to a nice cup of coffee, or a snack. These don’t need to be big costly rewards, but if you want to combat stress this will help shift your focus and get those¬†endorphins moving.

6. Laugh a lot.

This may sound strange, but I highly recommend laughter. It’s truly the best coping medicine that we all have access too.

7. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

This is so important. There are times when stress becomes so big and heavy for us to carry that we need to reach out for outside help. This is a brave thing to do and I would like to encourage anyone struggling to not be afraid of stepping out or raising your hand. Often stress builds up over time, and whilst we can make little changes that help make a big difference, there will be times were we need to reach out to family, friends, and professionals to help us get back on level ground so that we have the strength to do all of the above and move our lives forward in a positive way. I truly can testify to that.

Discover help and resources with the NHS on how to deal with stress and discover the signs of stress with charities like Mind. I also highly recommend Peace by Piece cbt.

I hope this brings you courage wherever this finds you today, and thank you for taking the time to click through. I love that I get to do the journey with you and want you to know that I believe in you! You’ve got this, girl!

 

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