Americans may be experiencing more stress than ever before. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and this month’s presidential election have many of us feeling a little on edge.
Today is a good day to take the opportunity to remove the stress from your life for the day. Take the time to examine your life and find out where all the stressors lie and start looking into taking steps to remove them or find ways to mitigate them.
Here are some helpful tips from the Cleveland Clinic to help you ease your stress.
1. EAT & DRINK HEALTHY
During times of stress, some of us turn to overeating and alcohol. While this may be temporary relief, they may cause more stress in the long-term.
2. EXERCISE REGULARLY
This does not mean that you need to lift a ton of weight, run a marathon or compete in an Ironman event. Exercise has been shown to be a powerful stress reliever. Consider non-competitive aerobic exercise, strengthening with weights, or movement activities like yoga or Tai Chi and set reasonable goals for yourself.
3. STOP SMOKING OR USING NICOTINE PRODUCTS
People who use nicotine often refer to it as a stress reliever. However, nicotine actually places more stress on the body by increasing physical arousal and reducing blood flow and breathing.
4. STUDY & PRACTICE RELAXATION TECHNIQUES
Take a few moments out of your busy day for yourself. Find five minutes to be mindful and practice
5. ASSERT YOURSELF
It is okay to say “no.” You do not have to always meet the expectations of others.
Most importantly if you feel you need help to manage your stress, make an appointment with a mental health professional. The effects of seeing a psychiatrist can have immediate impacts on your stress. Taking this important first step will boost your self-esteem and help to improve your mood and physical health as well.