By: Mission Healthy Living
February 26, 2019
Everybody gets stressed sometimes. Stress can even be good—pushing you to develop new skills or work a little harder. But when the stress lasts a long time or begins to feel overwhelming, it may impact your health.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are several different types of stress. The most common type is daily or routine stress, which comes from work, school, family, errands, traffic, and other regular problems or responsibilities. This type of stress can become constant and result in a strain on the body that might lead to a lowered immune system, heart disease, high blood pressure, among other issues.
Here are some tips on how to ease the effects of regular stress in your day-to-day life:
Keep yourself physically healthy
Stay active, get enough sleep, and don’t give into the temptation to stress eat a gallon of ice cream. When you’re feeling busy and stressed, it can be easy to throw your routine to the wind. But that can just make it harder to get back on track! Staying healthy and well-rested helps stress feel more manageable.
Share your feelings
Whether it’s a loved one, a close friend or a certified professional, it can be helpful to talk through your problems with someone. Addressing your worries out loud is one way to work through them. Journaling can also be an effective way of processing your feelings solo.
Laugh out loud
It’s a cliché, but laughter is the best medicine. Watch a funny movie or a comedy special on Netflix. On the flip side, some people like to watch scary movies to help ease tension. (Nothing like a zombie apocalypse to put your problems in perspective!)
Be kind to yourself
“Self-care” is very trendy right now. And for good reason! Taking the time to do something nice for yourself can help you relax. This can be as simple as making a mug of coffee or tea and taking a quiet moment to sit on your porch and enjoy some fresh air. Try taking a hot bath, getting a massage or treating yourself to a movie. Set aside time to make your favorite dish or indulge in one of your hobbies.
Know when to ask for help
If anxiety, stress or feelings of hopelessness are having a negative effect on your daily life, or if you can barely even get out of bed, all the bubble baths in the world can’t take the place of real treatment. Asking for help may be hard, but depression is an illness that sometimes needs medical intervention.