If you’re twenty-something and independent, you’ve HAD to have heard the remark – ‘What stress could someone your age possible have?’ What’s beyond comprehension is that everyone’s reasons for stress could be different, but they lead to pretty much the same consequences.
I’ve had stress and I can blindly say it’s a disease. One that’s completely in our control. One that tends to impact us mentally and physically. I’ve put down a list of things that I’ve inculcated into my daily routine to help me completely eliminate stress from my life.
Some of you might find that too far fetched, but I promise, even implementing some of these, will drastically reduce that overworked stress, family stress, peer pressure stress or emotional stress.
1. Gauge Your Control Over A Situation
When I begin to stress over a matter, my mind goes into a negative spiral and I somehow tend to think the very worst of any situation.
Here’s what I’ve learned to do. First, I gauge the situation and understand how much of it even is in my control to begin with. Sometimes we tend to stress over situations that we have absolutely no command over. Here, I take a minute to accept that some things are truly out of my control.
Sometimes, there’s a situation at work that’s directly in your control; in that case, I prefer to chalk out (on a piece of paper) what I would need to do to set this problem straight. Then, I actually get down to doing it rather than stressing.
You’ve heard this a hundred times but I know just how boring the idea seems like. Personal experience – meditation changed my life completely and that’s no reason for any of you to like it more, but at least you have someone who can vouch for it’s benefits.
I never meditate for more than 5 minutes (not out of choice, I’d like to do it more), and it still feels enough. For those 5 minutes, and after, there’s incredible amounts of clarity about everything I’m doing, thinking, and am surrounded with. It makes me feel completely one with myself.
I’ve come a long way, but I initially started off this practice by searching for quick meditation videos on Youtube. You can do the same!
3. Do A Quick Gratitude Excercise
The thing with GRATITUDE is – it’s an instant feel good and it helps you revaluate your entire perspective on a situation.
One of my favorite and quickest gratitude exercises when I’m down and out is to grab a piece of paper, put on the stopwatch on my phone to 5 minutes, and jot down everything I’m grateful for at that moment. It could be the water in front of me, a sweet message I received that morning, my car, my best friend, absolutely anything.
I, like many others, had a bad habit of eating when I felt stressed. So, to stop myself from putting on weight and subsequently feeling miserable, I swapped my bad habits with the following foods for a more serene and less stressful day.
Nuts – full of magnesium which help keep cortisol levels low – but control the portion as they are high in calories!
Broccoli – has folic acids which reduces stress
Banana & avocado – Full of potassium which is essential to keeping your low blood pressure and plus, cmon guys, it’s AVOCADOS
Anti-stress smoothie (found this one on Pinterest) – It could help you lose weight and reduce your stress. Grapefruit and coconut oil both help with weight loss, while kale reduces stress on your body with its anti-inflammatory properties.
Mix the following ingredients in your blender.
1 medium banana, frozen
1/2 pink grapefruit
A huge handful of kale
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 tablespoon coconut oil
5–6 cubes of ice
5. Pop Some Bubble Wrap
Easy, cheap and cheerful. This one doesn’t even need an explanation.
6. Sweat It Out
Choose whatever form of exercise it is that floats your boat, and get down to doing it. I can’t get myself to hit the gym, but I love dancing so that’s what I do. I completely surrender myself to that activity and the feeling I’m left with is pretty freaking incredible.
7. Do yoga!
Restorative Yoga is intended to restore balance when feeling overwhelmed. Try out these 6 poses to relieve stress. There’s a super simple tutorialhere!
8. Take Long Hot Showers
Once a week, soak in a hot bath/shower for 20 minutes. It’s literally therapeutic.
I hope this post helped. If you want to read more in this genre, let me know in the comments below 🙂