Recently my life has been quite stress-free. There haven’t been any problems worth worrying about and everything is going according to plan. I don’t mean to brag. I’m sorry. But until school starts, my life will continue to be relatively stress-free. But like death and taxes, stress is virtually unavoidable in today’s world.
Although stress is an unavoidable factor, there are ways to manage it. If you manage stress, you manage your mood. I feel like it’s safe to say that everyone has an identical final goal – to be happy.
Managing stress is one of the many yellow bricks on that long road to happiness.
1) Confide in someone
“A trouble shared is a trouble halved.” – Chinese Proverb
But don’t complain. Sharing a problem with someone close allows you share that stress factor. Share it with someone who may have encountered the same problem.
Their guidance will be extremely helpful. But be weary! Don’t complain to people, especially to random strangers.
Remember that everyone encounters stress and the majority of people do not want to hear how bad your day was. Keep your thoughts with close family and friends.
2) What are you thoughts?
Everything stems from your thoughts (well, your brain). How does your brain deal with stress and stressful situation.
i) Write it down
And throw them away (or burn them). I find, throwing your thoughts, worries, and stresses away have some profound effects. The physical act of throwing away written negative thoughts can mentally purge them.
You can also burn them. Call me a pyromaniac or arsonist (none of which I am), but there is something incredibly therapeutic about fire.
ii) “Cancel Rule”
A friend of mine suggested the “Cancel Rule.” Personally, I find this method extremely effective. Next time you are stressed and find yourself lost in your thoughts, start repeating cancel to yourself.
Repeat the word ‘cancel’ over and over again and that negative thought appears to have vanished away.
3) Go for a walk
Being in nature is calming – but even looking at an image of nature can decrease stress levels and increase positivity.
Personally speaking, I love walking outside. The sights and smells have a very calming effect on my body. Sometimes, I take outside for granted. When you stop everything and go for a walk, you really start to appreciate the beauty.
Everything is green and striving. That energy is transferred to me.
4) Breathe deeply
I’ve mentioned the importance of breath in a previous article (You can check it out here). Too few people breathe improperly. The breaths are shallow and faint because breathing is left to the unconscious mind.
Stop for a few moments and listen to your breath. Feel your breath entering your stomach and exiting your nose. Pay close attention to your breathing. It allows your body and brain to get a burst of oxygen, relieving any stress that may occur.
There are a lot of little problems in the world that can be stressed over. The key to managing stress comes from ignoring the little problems.
These problems find their way into your brain and fester until they become large ones. Following the mentioned techniques has helped me manage my stress levels.
How do you deal with stress and stressful situations? Leave a comment below. My readers and I would love to hear from you.
Be bold, be free, and love on.