De-Stressing your mind & body is a lot easy said than done. There are so many stressors in our daily lives, work, parenting, money, relationships and the list could go on. It’s important to try and make time to de-stress as constant stress can have a negative effect on our bodies. It’s been linked to a wide range of health issues, including sleep, mood, appetite problems and even heart disease.
I’m no expert in this area. I’ve been in a cycle for years where I’d become so stressed that I’d avoid stressors in the evening and sit in front of the tv with very unhealthy snack options. But, by doing this and trying anything and everything to change my unhealthy ways, I’ve discovered so many positive options out there available. Becoming a junk food – tv binging monster isn’t a good one. Doing unhealthy behaviours actually gives me more stress in the long run.
Breaking this cycle requires both dealing with stress and learning to manage unhealthy habits.
Firstly what stresses you out? Do you know exactly what triggers this reaction? How do you react to it? Write it all down, get it out there. Then you can look at all your stress triggers at once and see what you can change, adapt or remove. You’re not going to be able to get rid of every stress trigger in your life but you can at least remove the ones that you have influence over.
Before you read on, I think it’s super important to remember that perfection isn’t realistic and that these tips are here to help you to make better choices in your life. I’ve not added them in for you to achieve 100% of everything you want and how you want it every day. Don’t try to aim for 100%, changing any habit is extremely hard. It’s not about being perfect it’s about doing your best and every tiny little change is a big thing. If you fall off the wagon, just get back on the next hour or the next day. Don’t be too hard on yourself, if you go back to your old ways of coping with stress just remember that you can always change that behaviour.
I think I’m trying to reinforce this for me more than my readers. I struggle with perfectionism so much, I have since I was 10 and started showing signs of OCD. I have to keep repeating these quotes likes mantras.
Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis. But I am learning that perfection isn’t what matters. In fact, it’s the very thing that can destroy you if you let it.
Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.
Good enough is good enough. Perfect will make you a big fat mess every time.
Below, there is a wide range of healthy tips for you to de-stress and hopefully start making better decisions.
Challenge Your Negative Thoughts
Squeeze A Stress Ball
Sit In The Sun
Learn To Delegate
Listening to Music
Change Your Perception
Talk To New People
Stay in the Moment
Massage Your Ears
10 Minute Walk
Practice your spirituality
Deep Muscle Relaxation
Try to be positive
Buy Yourself A Plant
Burn bay leaves
Kisses & Hugs
Try To Accept The Things You Can’t Change
Treat Yourself! Eat One Just ONE Sweet!
Give Yourself Some Credit
Schedule 10 Minutes of Worry Time
Watch A Viral Video
Check Your Emails Less
Remind Yourself Why
Draw or Paint
Create A To-Do List For Tomorrow
Do A Quick Clean Up
Eat Mood-Boosting Foods
Keep A Gratitude Journal
Create a Relaxation Room
Light A Candle
Wake Up Early
Learn To Avoid Procrastination
Avoid Difficult People
Spring Clean Your home, garage, car or office.
Write A Dairy, Journey Or Even A Blog
Talk To Yourself
Learn Something New
Take A Bubble Bath
I’ve tried a lot of things to help me de-stress, some haven’t helped me whatsoever but there’s a huge amount on this list that I used every day. I hope that there are some useful tips to help you. If there is something that you do to help yourself to de-stress please comment below as I’m always open to trying new things.