The stresses of everyday life can take their toll physically, emotionally and psychologically. However, ignoring these issues will not make them go away, nor make life easier to deal with.
Addressing stress, anxiety or depression in a healthy fashion can greatly improve quality of life, and strengthen personal and professional relationships.
People make the mistake of thinking that the only way to feel better is by indulging at a lavish spa or taking a week-long getaway to a tropical island. But feeling better and relieving stress don’t have to be time consuming or expensive. Engaging in a few, simple and enjoyable tasks can lead to a happier and more fulfilled sense of self.
These 8 effective techniques will have you feeling better in no time.
#1. Talk to someone about how you feel.
It’s not always easy to describe how you feel. However, keeping your feelings bottled up can lead to serious emotional and psychological issues. Sometimes, it really does help to simply have a shoulder to cry on. Having our feelings heard by a trusted friend, colleague, or loved one is not only a sign of support, but an effective coping mechanism.
#2. Take a break form what you are doing.
Is the task at hand becoming overwhelming? Take a break. Whether it’s career- or family-related, taking a few minutes to unwind can make all the difference for your mood and state of mind. It’s important to remember that everyone needs a little “me time” once in awhile. Go for a walk, take a nap, explore a new area, dance to music, or simply put up your feet and take a breather.
#3. Exercise and eat well.
Feeling better begins from the inside out. The dynamic duo of healthy diet and regular exercise releases endorphins – your brain’s “feel-good” chemical – and strengthens the immune system. Best of all, toning up, losing excess weight, and having a burst of energy can do wonders for one’s self-confidence.
#4. Do something you’re good at.
Do you have a hobby or interest that you’re passionate about? From perfecting your calligraphy skills to feeding your knowledge on medieval history, diving into a subject or activity you’re good at can be a rewarding and therapeutic experience.
#5. Do something nice for others.
Volunteering or doing a good deed is a win-win situation. Offering your time selflessly – feeding the homeless or spending a few hours helping out at your local hospital – can build self-esteem and put your own problems into perspective.
#6. Write down future plans and goals.
Planning for the future is fun and gives a goal to look forward to. Create a six-to-twelve month savings plan and wish list for achievable future goals. That savings could be used for travel, that fun class you always wanted to take, or for relocating to a new residence.
#7. Spend time with people you like.
Negative energy or a stressful environment can be draining. Here’s an easy fix: spend time with people that instantly put you in a better mood. Being in the company of good food, friends and family can equate to an improved mood and unforgettable memories.
#8. Love and accept yourself.
Happiness comes from within. Self-acceptance doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement; however, celebrating strengths, forgiving past mistakes, and creating a trustworthy support system is the foundation of a happy and satisfying life.