Stress is real, its a thing that many of us go through, yet in my opinion is not taken seriously enough. I suffer pretty bad with it - more than I let on but I have found ways to cope that actually really help.
Sometimes a bit of fresh air does us the world of good. Most of us spend far too much time inside, whether that be because we work in an office or we work from home. Even just 10 mins of going outside can really help when you're feeling bogged down and under pressure.
Go For A Massage
Since late October I have been going for a massage or spa treatment at least every 6 weeks. I carry so much tension in my body, its important for that tension to be released. I really recommend visiting the Aveda Spa in Holbon. Ive had two holistic massages there so far and during both, I literally felt like I was floating, like all of my problems had melted away - it was really strange. After a good deep tissue massage I feel less stressed, really calm and like I could fall asleep at any moment.
My therapist has made me aware just how important breathing is to the mind and body. If I'm stressed I try and breathe slower, take slightly deeper breaths and really listen to my body. You'll notice that when you're content and happy your breathing will be much more paced and relaxed - pay attention to how it is when your angry or stressed. Breathe girl!
Watch A Funny Film/TV Show
You've heard me say it before but I'm gonna say it again. The Big Bang Theory for me, makes everything better. It makes me laugh and whenever I watch it I feel a little bit more happy. Stick on your favourite film or show, whip up some popcorn and kick back.
Write Down Thoughts
I'm going through a little wobble with my mental health at the moment and I think it actually shows here on my blog. You'll notice that I've done a lot of reflective posts and have generally been a little more deep and slightly negative too. It really helps me if I write down my thoughts, some I keep private, others I share with my public diary - my blog. Its important to clear your head and get rid of any clutter you have. If you paint, paint your thoughts. If you sing, sing your thoughts.
Do More Of What Makes You Happy
Its easier said than done but if something is making you stressed or making you unhappy, stop doing it. Obviously work stress is something we may not be able to avoid all the time, but if your stress is unnecessary - walk away, let it go or get rid of it.
Stress can lead to issues related with food and weight, anxiety and depression and other health problems. Don't ignore it!!!