We’re coming into a high-stress time for the majority of the U.S. population – tax season. On top of work, kids, finances, health, and any other stressors you might have, this time of the year can be really stressful. Too much stress can be detrimental to your physical and mental health, so it’s important to find ways to deal with that.
Rachelle Jones, a doctor in Rexburg, ID, has helped us compile this list of ways that you can use to help cope with your stress.
Everyone copes with stress differently. Try a few of these out and see if they help lower your stress and anxiety levels. The goal is relaxation.
This is one of the top coping mechanisms for stress. A lot of people might think of this as more of a spiritual mind and body connection and get lost in how it can actually help them. When you can learn to clear your mind and focus on the present, you can change your mindset completely and learn to relax and realize that it’s not the end of the world.
If you’re new to meditation, try doing a little research to learn what it really is and how it can help you.
If you want to try a guided meditation, Calm is a great app that you can download on most mobile devices to get started.
Stress can literally cause us physical pain. It can build up into knots in your neck, back, and shoulders. If you’re unusually overloaded with stress and find that you have aches and pains in these areas, schedule an appointment with a massage therapist. Sometimes all we need is a little physical relief to help us keep moving.
Make a List
Make a list of everything that is stressing you out – chores and errands that need to get done for example. Now, initially this might cause a little more stress, but it’s when you start checking these items off of your list that you can relax.
Our minds are funny, and sometimes just this little visual representation of getting things done can help immensely. It shows us that we are being productive, and sometimes that’s all we need.
Do Things You’ve Been Putting Off
What is it that you’ve been wanting to do forever but can never seem to get around to? Maybe you’ve been wanting to see a certain movie, try out a new recipe, or read a new book. Do it!
Take a break from the daily things that are causing stress and try doing that thing that you’ve wanted to do forever to relieve some of the stress.
Take a Bath
You know that physical stress we mentioned earlier? A nice warm bath and some essential oils can do wonders for this. Just take 20 minutes out of your day and draw yourself a bath. If possible, make sure it’s during a time when you can be completely uninterrupted, so you can reap all of the benefits of relaxation that this will offer you.
Are you one of those people who just has to keep moving? Then try exercising to relieve stress. Head to the gym or go for a run. If possible, do your stress-relieving workout away from home or wherever the majority of your stress is generating from.
Exercising releases endorphins and helps us to mentally feel better. So plug in some tunes and get moving. After your workout you might find you have the energy and motivation that you’ve been looking for.