If only we could live a life without any stress. If only we could live a life with a protective bubble around us. If only we could wave a magic wand and watch as our stressors disappeared into nothingness. If only!
Unfortunately, life is not so straightforward. We are confronted with stressors on a daily basis, and as a result, the feelings of stress inside us rise.
Some of us then take the wrong route when trying to combat stress.
Some us drink, smoke, and take solace in comfort eating to block out the negativity we are feeling. Some of us sit and dwell and cause ourselves more stress by contemplating our stressors.
These are obviously the wrong ways to manage the way we are feeling. And if you have followed those bad habits in your life, then you probably don’t need us to remind you of the dangers of doing so.
Thankfully, there are other, more sensible ways to deal with stress.
We can find ways destress at home
Instead of coming home and dwelling on our stressors, we might distract ourselves with family conversations, hobbies, and a good film or a book.
We can make those changes at home that are conducive to a positive mental state. So, we might declutter messy rooms, paint walls in calming colors, and change our mattresses to give us a better night’s sleep.
We might spend more time in the garden too, as the flowers and plants around us can do much to elevate the way we feel.
We might also bring the outside in, by adding a few houseplants to our home. We will then feel the stress-relieving benefits on a daily basis, thanks to the scents, colors, and the air-purifying qualities of the green beauties around us. Be sure to add a plant grow light, of course, to ensure your indoor plants and your inner peace flourish for longer.
We can combat our stressors head-on
Rather than bury our heads in the sand in an effort to remove ourselves from our stressors, it is sometimes important to fight them head-on. They might never go away, otherwise.
So, instead of resigning ourselves to the stress of our money problems, we might make an effort to save or make more money. We might also seek financial help from a debt charity.
Instead of resigning ourselves to a work-life filled with stress, we might consider a new career option. We might also speak to our employers about the problems we are having, as we might then have the opportunity to enjoy being at work instead of dreading the prospect.
And there will be stressors that are personal to you. What are you doing about them? Do something rather than nothing for the betterment of your mental health.
We can live a healthier lifestyle
Instead of eating junk food and taking comfort from other bad habits, we should live a healthier lifestyle.
By energizing our bodies with healthy food and drink options, we will be in a better position to fight our stressors or to get a better perspective on them.
By spending time in active pursuits, we will both feel the stress-relieving benefits of exercise, and distract ourselves from the stressful thoughts that threaten to overwhelm us.
And by taking time to relax instead of frantically busying ourselves, we will calm our frayed minds and enjoy some semblance of peace in our lives.
What about you? What do you need to do to manage your feelings of stress? Take the sensible options instead of harming your health with unhealthy choices. You will soon start to feel better if you do.
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