Feeling stress is an entirely normal human trait that has developed as an evolutionary response to stimuli that threaten us or our wellbeing. Stress will trigger your fight or flight instinct in potentially dangerous situations and help you to survive. However, nowadays, many of us are experiencing stress as a result of situations that aren’t actually life or death. Long term exposure to stress can result in health conditions, mental health conditions and more, so you’re going to want to minimise your experience of stress wherever logically possible. Now, this may be easier said than done while we’re in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. But believe it or not, there are a number of ways that you can deal with experiences of stress effectively and productively. Here are a few coping mechanisms that could prove invaluable to you!
Reaching Out for Professional Help
The first thing you need to do is acknowledge how much stress you’re experiencing and determine whether there’s a rational or logical cause behind it. If not, your stress may be an indicator of an undiagnosed mental health problem, such as anxiety. If you feel that you are feeling stressed without logical cause, or you’re feeling stress on an ongoing basis, you should reach out to your doctor. They’ll be able to diagnose any conditions you may have and steer you in the direction of the best help to support you. This could be therapy, this could be medication, this could be a combination of the two. Remember that there are also many other sources of help out there besides your doctor and besides your family or friends. These sources of support can include helplines, support groups and other alternatives.
Try Calming Drinks
There are many calming drinks on the market. So why not give a few a try? Incorporating calming drinks into your routine can give you a break and can help you feel relief too!
- Green tea
- Chamomile tea
- Peppermint tea
- Lemon balm tea
- Valerian root tea
- CBD drinks – you can find these in a CBD shop online
Give Yourself Some Time to Do What You Enjoy
Often, many of us begin to feel stressed because we’re overloading ourselves with commitments or because we are overworking ourselves. It’s important to remember that you can’t be productive every waking hour of the day. It’s unhealthy. Instead, make sure to get plenty of rest (eight hours a night) and to fit in activities that you actually enjoy doing. This could be anything from taking a bath, reading a book, watching a show you enjoy, spending time with friends or anything else. What’s important is that you have something to look forward to and that you allocate time in your schedule to something that will make you genuinely happy.
Stress is something that isn’t necessarily going to disappear of its own accord. Instead, you’re going to have to play a role in dealing with it and removing it from your life yourself. Hopefully, some of the steps above will help you to get started out on the right foot!
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