There are several ways to cope with stress and I can come up with at least 100 different ways. However, I’ve decided to share my top 10 ways of coping with stress.
1. Write a short to-do list
This is something I definitely need to work on. I write 500 things on my daily to-do list and I never end up finishing at least half of them. When you write too much, you end up having little done, causing unnecessary stress and feeling overwhelmed. Try to have a list that contains 1-5 important tasks. Not only does it work well, you’d feel pretty accomplished by the end of it.
2. Pack your bag and get your clothes ready before going to sleep.
I’m telling you, this helps so much! Not only do I always end up sleeping in, I always used to fidget in the morning, trying to find everything and anything while the time ticks. I used to always pack my lunch, bag and figure out my OOTD, in the morning. By packing the night before and laying out your clothes, you save a lot of stress in the morning. All it takes is 10-15 mins to pack your stuff the night before. Not only does this save you stress, there is a high chance of you not forgetting something.
3. Stop trying to do things perfectly, or overall, trying to be perfect.
Try to avoid drowning in perfectionism. Not only is trying to be perfect exhausting and stressful, it takes a toll on your life. Learn to understand that there is such thing as human errors and by letting go of perfectionism, you are only becoming one step closer to being compassionate towards yourself.
Whether it is doing sports or even going for a 5 min walk around your neighbourhood, exercise is extremely important. It reduces your stress levels and can leave you calmer. Lately, I’ve looked into doing some hot yoga. Not only does this relax your mind but your muscles as well.
5. Get enough sleep every day.
This one is extremely important and I am still working on it. Getting the full 8 hours of sleep is probably the best cure to stress. Not only does it give you the full potential strength that you need to get through your day, it improves your efficiency as well. I’ve also heard that naps could be of benefit as well, but it has to be a short 30 minute nap. My “naps” end up being 3-4 hours long haha, and this only makes me tired later on in the night.
6. Talk to someone, you are never alone.
Whether it’s a family member, friend, cat, or dog, find SOMEONE. Find someone that you respect and trust and just talk to them about how you feel. Most of the time, talking about the situation/stress you are facing will help you reduce your stress levels. Don’t bottle your feelings up because this is will just lead to an abnormal burst one day. Talk to someone who you know loves you and wants the best for you.
7. Do not skip lunch or eat lunch at your desk!
I used to always blame my crazy work schedule as an excuse to skip lunch. This is WRONG. This affects your stress and your overall concentration level as well. As well, do not eat at your desk. Stepping out for a walk or eating with your coworkers will lead you to come back in a better mood.
8. Listen to music.
I do this all the time. I have playlists for all types of music, depending on the mood I am in. Listening to music can lower your blood pressure, and stress levels. Music has the ability to shift our shitty mood to a positive one. Make it a part of your day, whether you are getting ready for work or travelling, just let it play in the background.
9. Make time for your hobbies.
Once stress gets in the way, people tend to forget about their hobbies and the things they enjoy doing. No matter how busy your schedule could be, take some time to enjoy yourself. This will give your mind a break from your stress and anxiety that you face because you are focusing on a completely unrelated activity, and activity you enjoy doing!
10. Just BREATHE.
Everyone says this, and it is one of the easiest and most important ways to cope with stress. This eases and relaxes your mind. Take 5 minutes to just engage in deep breathing whenever you feel the most stressed. Not only does it reduce stress hormones in your body but it also lowers your blood pressure and heart rate.