I believe it’s safe to say we all experience some form of stress and anxiety. Personally, these two have played a major role in my life for quite some time. There was a point where I didn’t have the proper tools to manage the high levels of stress and anxiety I was experiencing. This caused me to go through my day to day feeling mentally and emotionally drained. It wasn’t until I became fed up with not feeling my best that I started to gain control and develop ways to manage overwhelming moments. I started to pay close attention to the activities I enjoyed, the one that brought forth a sense of peace and calmness, to see if there was anything I could do to help myself during moments of stress. Through this meditation, I was able to figure out ways to manage my stress levels and I'm going to share those techniques with the hope of them being able to help you?
Tip One: Be Mindful
Sometimes, it feels there just aren’t enough hours in a day. When I have given myself too many tasks to complete, I tend to speed…literally. I find myself moving quickly with what I’m trying to accomplish. Although I would be very productive during this time, I end up feeling very anxious and overwhelmed. To fix this, I now correct my actions as soon as I recognize them by mentally and physically slowing myself down. I make myself move at a slower pace by relaxing my mind and body. I then re-evaluate my tasks, telling myself it's okay if I don't get everything done, and then focus on accomplishing one or two tasks that are a must. Taking this approach has reduced my stress levels tremendously. If you ever find yourself in a similar situation: stop, relax, take a few deep breaths, bring yourself back in tuned with your present moment and re-examine the tasks that are in front of you. While doing this, keep in mind it's okay if you don't have check marks next to every item on your list of, 'things to do', and know tomorrow is another day to get things done.
Tip Two:Walk It Out and Breath
It’s something about being outside, among nature, that brings me so much peace. Getting a little fresh air can be used as a true relaxation technique. Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed or feel anxiety trying to creep in, I stop what I’m doing and go for a walk. While walking, I focus on putting myself in a mindful state. I focus on how the ground feels beneath my feet, how my arms are moving back and forth, I intentionally straighten my posture while relaxing my muscles, I tune into the sounds around me and think how I am in full control of my feelings and emotions and therefore have the ability to turn how I'm feeling around. This state of mind almost immediately brings me to a calming state. I love this technique because you can practice it just about any where and if not, going to a quiet place and taking a few deep breaths, slowly in through your nose and out through pursed lips, is a great alternative.
Tip Three:Let the Music Take You Away
They say listening to music have many benefits and I 100% agree. When I am feeling stressed or anxious, I find listening to soothing music such as jazz, and even nature sounds, really helps to calm me down. It puts me into a very relaxing state, allowing me to collect my thoughts. I have created a playlist of soothing music on my cell to have readily available. That way, when I'm need of some regrouping, I can easily pull out my phone and press play.
Tip Four:Rest Up
Not getting enough sleep can contribute significantly to our stress and anxiety levels. When we lack rest, it can make us feel drained, jittery and discombobulated. That is why it is very important for us to get the proper amount of sleep. For adults, the recommended amount of sleep is at least 7 hours. If you’re a night owl like myself, taking small steps to get yourself in bed earlier is a great way to get into a better sleeping habit. Try cutting your bed time back by 15 minutes each week, until you get to the time you would like to start going to sleep. This will allow your body to adjust to your new bed time with ease.
So, there you have it! A few simple, yet effective tips, on how you too can possibly manage the stress and anxiety in your life. Keep in mind, there are several different ways to manage our stress and anxiety levels. What I have shared are all techniques I partake in which work for me. Taking the time out to figure out what brings you to a calming state when under pressure is time well invested. In the future, I'll be sharing more information on this topic, so please stay tuned.