Everyone feels stress in their life at one time or another, and for some it can be a daily problem. Stress not only affects your mood, it can also be detrimental to your health. After dealing with my own high levels of stress for years, I finally decided that there had to be a way to help me cope and manage it. After talking to my physician, along with friends and family I finally found some effective ways of coping with stress. Maybe some of these methods will also help you finally lower your high stress level so you can relax.
Take a “timeout”
I’ve learned that one of the best ways to cope with stress is to take some time for myself. I like to find a quiet place where I can listen to music, while a friend of mine prefers to practice yoga when she needs to unwind. Meditating and even treating yourself to a massage are also great methods for relieving stress.
Watch what you eat
When you start skipping meals you are putting extra stress on your body, and this is never good for your health. Making sure that you are eating healthy, well balanced meals can really help you cope with stress. You might even want to keep some healthy snacks on hand to help give you a little burst of energy during the day, this can help prevent you from feeling tired and overwhelmed.
You also want to limit the amount of caffeine that you consume during the day, along with the number of alcoholic beverages. Both of these can actually make you feel more stressed, and in some cases even trigger a panic attack.
One of the best ways of coping with stress is to get plenty of sleep at night. Not only will this help prevent stress the following day, your body needs extra rest when you are feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Often the problems that were causing the stress don’t look so bad after you’ve had a good night’s sleep. You will also have the energy you need to handle the day’s problems without depending on a lot of caffeine.