In a recent blog post, I discussed “Me” Days and the importance and taking a day to yourself every once in a while. But we cannot take a “me” day every time we are stressed or after every bad day that we have.
Everyone gets stressed and overwhelmed. And how could we not? There is so much that each and every one of us has to get done each day. Maybe your job is stressing you out. Or maybe it is school since you are taking 15 credits and they are all upper level courses. Or it could even be due to all the different extracurricular activities that you are involved in that can be pretty demanding at times. Stress is everywhere. So managing stress can lead to a much happier and healthier life.
When dealing with stress, the number one thing that I try to do is have a positive attitude. When you are starting to feel stressed, take a deep breath and try to have a positive attitude. If the stress is about school, think about how good it is going to feel when you finish the project or when you finish taking that test. If the stress is about work, think about your job and the parts about your job that you love. And if you are like me and your stress is mostly because of extracurricular activities that you are involved in, think about why you are doing this for your organization and why it is important to you.
Another way to manage stress is to exercise regularly. Exercising regularly is good for you because your body can fight off stress much better if it is in shape. Exercising regularly is a good way for you to take a break from all of your responsibilities and do something for yourself. For me, when I get stressed and have a lot going on, exercising is the first thing that I give up because I feel like I don’t have an hour of my day that I can sacrifice. But I have noticed that after working out, I feel more relaxed and can get a lot more done, which in turn leads to reducing stress.
One of the key factors when it comes to managing stress is eating healthy. Our body relies on the food that we put in our body for fuel to get us through the day. When I am stressed out, eating fast food or candy always feels like the perfect option for me. But in the end, the bad food will lead to more stress because we aren’t fueling our body efficiently. Here are 7 healthy foods that can help with stress relief:
- Nuts. Stress removes vitamin B from the body and nuts replenish vitamin B. We need vitamin B to stay happy.
- Red Peppers. Red Peppers are full of vitamin C which helps lower blood pressure.
- Salmon. Salmon is full of omega-3s that your brain needs to reduce anxiety.
- Spinach. This vegetable is full of magnesium which can help remove stress.
- Oatmeal. Oatmeal helps your brain administer distressing serotonin in your brain.
- Dark Chocolate. Perfect for when you’re craving that unhealthy candy. Dark Chocolate is known to lower cortisol levels in our bodies.
- Tea. It has been discovered that tea drinkers can destress faster and it can lower cortisol levels in our bodies.
Lastly, one of the best ways to manage stress is to get more sleep. And I know that sleep is the second to go (after the gym) when we get stressed. But our bodies need sleep to recover from stressful events that had happened that day. If you never catch up on sleep, then your body is going to keep getting more and more stressed out.
Stress management is a huge part in finding my balance. How do you find balance? Comment below and let me know!