easy ways to destress, from someone who's stressed.
Updated: Feb 23, 2021
Stress is a normal part of everyday life, whether it’s work-related, family-related, or a looming deadline, our stress buckets fill and empty each day.
Imagine a mental container in which stress flows into when it arises, when we are using helpful coping strategies the container can empty out its contents. When we are using unhelpful coping strategies, the “tap” becomes blocked and begins to overflow, impacting our mental wellbeing. Having an array of resources available to help us deal with stress protects our mental health and allows us to unwind after a chaotic day.
Scrolling social media feeds and checking emails has become second nature to the majority of us. From the moment we wake up to the seconds before closing our eyes to go to sleep, we spend hours watching, reading, replying, and devouring through a variety of screens. Digitally detoxing doesn’t have to mean locking your phone away for days on end, as little as half an hour to an hour is still beneficial. The key idea is to give your mind a break from being pulled in all kinds of directions by one device.
Mindfulness is the act of placing your attention on the present moment. Becoming more aware of the world around us in the present moment helps us look after ourselves and feel better. Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness helps relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties.
journalling / brain dump.
You don’t have to be a writer to journal, in fact, there are no rights, wrongs, or rules when it comes to journaling. The key is to transfer everything from your mind to the paper or other form of note-taking. It’s amazing how powerful opening up a blank page with a million thoughts circling in your mind can be.
spend time with friends and family.
Whether it’s having a good old belly laugh or crying everything out of your system, spending time with family and friends may sound basic but being around those we hold dear is good for de-stressing after a challenging period in our lives or even after a day that didn’t go to plan.
Moving your body is one of the best ways to improve your mental health. This doesn’t mean you have to run a marathon to reap the benefits, it could be a walk around your local park, dancing around your bedroom whilst you get ready, or cycling to your favourite spot - there is no right or wrong way when it comes to moving your body so long as you keep yourself safe. Research has shown that highly active individuals tend to have lower stress levels compared to those who are less active, says the Mental Health Foundation. Get moving to get those endorphins flowing!
What do you do to de-stress?
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