There are many things in our lives that raise our stress levels, some that we can control and some that we can’t. Whatever the cause, our ability to manage stress is unique to each of us but there are things that we can do to help. Remember, not everything will work for everybody and you may have your own mental hacks that you use, if that’s the case I would love to hear them.
Top tips to manage stress and build resilience.
Take good care of yourself. Try to eat well, the better the fuel the better the engine runs! Get enough sleep, turn off your phone and laptop an hour before bedtime, slow things down. Once you are rested and if you’re able to, start some exercise but remember to take it easy. Small steps can make big changes.
Get outside. Go for a walk, get some rain, wind or rain on your face. Smell the roses! Being closer to nature can bring calmness and clarity, helping to lower stress and anxiety levels.
Take up a hobby. Group activities are great for meeting others and can boost self-confidence and combat loneliness. Do things that you enjoy. Is there something that you once liked to do but for some reason stopped? Take another look at it, you may still like it. Music can help distract and even sad songs can make us feel a connection.
Give yourself a break. Situations can make it difficult but if you can, have a break. It doesn’t have to be long, perhaps just a walk to get a glass of water or have a quick chat with someone. Enough time to think about something else for a while and breath.
Be kind to yourself. What would you say to a friend who was feeling upset or stressed, now say it to yourself. Give yourself a hug, you deserve it. You’re doing your best. You are enough and you most definitely are worth it.
Remember, one thought at a time, one day at a time.
You’ve got this!