Managing Stress & Anxiety
Everyone experiences stress and anxiety, but how you manage them makes the difference between feeling happy and frustrated from day to day. Check out these tips on managing anxiety and stress.
Take A Break
Sometimes, stress is a sign that you have overexerted yourself. Decide which tasks can wait for you to take a little break. Sometimes, we put ourselves under unnecessary pressure because of the personal deadlines we set. Putting off some tasks tasks can make space for self-care.
Don’t Believe Everything You Think
Stress and anxiety can lead to negative, scary thoughts. These overwhelming thoughts may seem like the truth, but remember that those thoughts don’t represent an objective reality. Sometimes, these thoughts are fear of a past situation reoccurring. Remember, just because it feels true, that doesn’t make it true.
Play Some Tunes
Listening to music can help to ease stress and anxiety. This is something that is so easily accessible to many of us. Play songs that can make you feel better. If you are feeling sad, avoid depressing love songs about loss and consider upbeat, happy songs. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed, consider songs with a slow tempo to calm you down. Play songs that make you feel inspired and motivated. This can help to lift your mood.
Get More Sleep
Evaluate your bedtime routine. Not getting enough sleep can contribute to a high-stress level. The average adult needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep. According to Mayoclinic.org, the quality of your sleep is just as important as the quantity. If your sleep is frequently interrupted, you’re not getting quality sleep. The quality and quantity of sleep can also affect cognitive performance.
Find A Wine Down Routine
Stress and anxiety can lead to restless nights and restless nights can lead to stressful, anxiety-filled days. It can become a cycle. For individuals struggling with getting adequate, uninterrupted rest, try setting aside at least 30 to 45 minutes to wind down before bed (suggested by Shelby Freedman Harris, PsyD, director of the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center at Montefiore Medical Center and an assistant professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York). During that window of time, you should limit anything that might be stimulating to your brain, including texting and computer work, she explains. “Keep a general schedule or ritual for that wind-down hour so your body and mind start to know that each step is one step closer to bed.”
Identify The Problem
Sometimes, the triggers that lead to your anxiety and stress are often repetitive. These could be include past due bills, laundry piling up, Recurring arguments, or deadlines at work. Once you identify what they are, you can begin working to eliminate them by planning ahead.
If financial deadlines stress you out, consider making a schedule. Make a list of all the things you need to accomplish the next day. Write down every task- big or small. You may be surprised how many little things you end up putting on the list, that you otherwise would’ve forgotten. Making schedules can help to reduce stress since you aren’t forced to rely on your memory.
There are also online budgeting apps and financial advisors that can help you gain control of your finances.
Living a life without chronic stress and anxiety is possible, but it’s a process that requires planning, reflection, and perseverance.
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