Stress manifests itself physically and emotionally in many ways for different people. I might have panic attacks and experience insomnia and you might suffer with symptoms of hair loss or IBS. Whatever your symptoms, whatever your reason for the stress and anxiety (if known) we all have one thing in common – we can agree it sucks big time.
I try my darndest to exercise, sleep well, and eat a well-balanced diet to help control my anxiety and stay healthy (banana followed by a bag of monster munch is OK right?) but I also think there are tiny edits we can make to our lifestyle to help us cope better and reduce the symptoms we experience. Here’s some thoughts that I’ve put into effect recently, and over the years, that might help you out too…
1| Talk to someone. It’s sometimes hard to recognise the physical and emotional effects that stress can have on your body. Once I spoke to someone about my low energy, headaches, panic attacks and heart palpitations and was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder I felt I could then be more open about my emotional symptoms too, including low self-esteem and feeling overwhelmed ALL THE TIME. Knowing what was wrong with me was the first positive step in helping me move forward.
2| Unfollow a certain person(s) on Facebook (or your social platform of choice). We’re living in a time right now when people want to share their political opinions on social media. From all sides, it’s annoying me. I don’t live in a bubble (I watch and read the news daily) but I don’t need to know everyone’s opinion on everything, and I definitely don’t have the time to jump in on the conversation too. Work out what/who winds you up on social media and unfollow them. It will make the experience all the better.
3| Be kind to strangers. A smile, or an acknowledgment that a person exists at least, goes a long way. As an introvert and someone who finds it difficult to socialise and make plans, I find it surprising that I find comfort in strangers. The kindness of strangers can really cheer my day, and make me forget, if only for a minute, any worries I might have. My dad has always been great at this, stopping to talk with anyone that he meets. Even if his small talk nowadays might come across as inappropriate or make no sense at all (he has Alzheimer’s by the way), I still see people smiling around him.
4| Ask for help and advice on your specific stress related symptoms. For example if you’re experiencing hair loss or hair thinning consider a consultation for Advanced Tricho Pigmentation Treatment, or if you’re suffering from frequent panic attacks look at Cognitive Behavioural Therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. Continue to seek advice and help throughout your life.
5| I don’t have enough time to spend with the people I really love so why on earth would I want to spend it with people I don’t care for much or haven’t made me feel my best. We can’t control who we bump into by chance (just keep walking) but we can purposefully surround ourselves with people who treat us with kindness and respect.
What are your stress reducing tips?
Disclosure: Collaborative Post.