Healthy Outlets to Cope With Stress
I worry about things a little less than I used to. I find it’s better to cope with stress if I focus more on what actions I can take.
Most of the time, my worries just stay in my head. I have learned to ignore them and get on with my day and keep working.
Other times, those worries grip me and defeat my progress, but I don’t think my level of anxiety is unusual or extreme. I don’t have panic attacks, and I don’t let it make me depressed. That said, I’ve tried a lot of things to make it easier.
Life can get overwhelming, on and off during the day! Managing stress is essential…especially when you’re an entrepreneur. The people looking up to you and relying on you deserve and expect you to have above-average abilities to manage stress. Of course, you’re not superhuman, so it’s essential to realize that you can’t avoid stress and aren’t bulletproof. That means you’ll need outlets for stress so you can manage it.
There Are Lots of Ways to Cope With Stress That Aren’t Ideal:
- Eating too much or too little.
- Running away.
These stress-relievers won’t do you any favors. Reacting to stress in destructive ways only leads to conflict, which adds more anxiety to what you already have. Instead, focus on healthy outlets for stress so you can thrive during the chaos.
Here Are Some Things I’ve Done to Worry Less
Most problems in life are stubborn rather than complicated. Don’t you find yourself fighting the same issues over and over? Progress is possible, but at the same time, our old patterns like to hang around and harass us.
There are lots of ways to manage the stress that are positive. Here’s what worked for me.
- Physical exercise
- Having mentors and confidants
1. Physical Fitness Helps Your Cope With Stress
Many forms of exercise can be beneficial for stress relievers. The benefits of exercise are pleasing for the mind and emotions. As we generally think of, they are not only “external,” such as flexibility and strength. They are also “internal” at the cellular level.
Physical exertion releases chemicals in the brain that help manage stress. Dopamine helps manage mood, which can regulate how well you handle difficult situations.
Physical fitness is great as a remedy to release frustration or other overwhelming feelings, but it’s also a great preventative activity. Making physical fitness part of your routine will keep your blood pressure down, give you more stamina, and a regular healthy outlet to process stress.
There are many forms of exercise, and it doesn’t have to be complicated. These are some things I love.
2. Having Mentors and Confidants Combat Stress
We all need a mentor in our lives. Having mentors and confidants can help us process stressful situations and find solutions to delicate issues. We need confidential and wise people to help us make sound decisions and work through challenging issues. So, surround yourself with positive, supportive people.
Every significant person does something that no one else in their field, or even the world, is comfortable, ready, or skilled enough to accomplish. Maybe it’s something like inventing a new form of technology to make life better, or perhaps it’s something small, like offering new ideas on doing paperwork tasks that flow better.
Mentors do more than give advice and help brainstorm. They act as a confidant that you can talk to or unload problems. They’ll listen, help you dissect what’s bothering you, and provide support as you think of solutions together.
3. Hobbies Helps You Cope With Stress
Having an outlet for creativity helps reduce stress. There’s no denying stress is part of life for us all. Still, having something to do during downtime that is fun and personally satisfying can disengage the brain. Going from critical thinking to creative thinking, can alleviate stress and help the mind find peace.
Here are some things I like to do that may inspire you.
It doesn’t have to be expensive, and you may have already started without realizing it. I like to collect old cameras and memorabilia.
Try listening to a genre you’ve never thought you would like. Listen to a song so many times that you know every word. Music is a great way to relax.
Work a Puzzle.
Despite what you might think, puzzles aren’t only for older people. Puzzles can be challenging and help form a community with friends or family.
There is a definite “adult coloring” craze. Stores have many therapeutic coloring books, and the funny thing is they work.
Get a pet.
Having a companion can be very comforting. I have two dogs that love and adore me. But you could choose something small and low maintenance, like fish or a hamster. Just be cautious that it is not so high maintenance; it causes more stress.
And yes, I am talking about books, not Facebook. Could you pick up a book with pages and read it? Find a delightful book that’s for your enjoyment and spend your off time reading for pleasure.
4. Self-Care Combats Stress
Taking care of yourself is vital. Whatever that looks like for you, it’s essential to schedule self-care into your calendar to alleviate stress and have healthy outlets. From a monthly massage to mini-vacation get-a-ways, taking care of yourself reduces stress and rejuvenates you to take on challenging situations.
Get moving with a bit of yoga.
Exercise is good in countless ways, helps you stay fit by reducing your risk of future health conditions. Studies also show that exercise can improve your mental health by reducing depression and anxiety.
Socialize with others.
Meet-ups, chat with your friends and family even if it’s online. Talking and sharing with others is a distraction from your problems or worrying thoughts. Believe it or not, this goes a long way with relieving your stress.
Start a gratitude journal.
The world is so negative, and perhaps even in your mind. Gratitude journals are a great way to reprogram and put life in perspective. At the end of each day, write down everything you can think of that you’re thankful for. You will be more centered and more relaxed before bed, and you can look at it at the end of each week, month or year and remember specific blessings or acts of kindness you might have otherwise not remembered.
Focus On Healthy Ways to Cope With Stress
Stress is going to come whether you like it or not. How you address it, is what makes the difference. Focus on healthy ways to combat stress and identify alternative solutions.
I find these stress-relievers help me to stay fresh and better manage conflict, stress, and the burdensome requirements expected of me.
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