Show me someone who never gets stressed and I’ll show you someone who is kidding himself. Everyone experiences stress, even if they have different triggers. The good news is that you can control stress. Below are a few easy, positive steps you can take to wrestle control away from those stressors and get some peace of mind.
Move your body. There’s a reason that people say that taking a walk “clears your head.” Research shows that walking produces positive feelings — even if that walk is down a hallway. Of course, getting outside sunlight and taking in some nature is optimal, but if you can’t do that, just walk around the office.
Take deep breaths. Focusing on breathing in deeply through your nose and breathing out slowly through your mouth can imitate the relaxed feeling your body gets when it’s sleeping. Who doesn’t want that level of relaxation – especially when you’re stressed?
Practice acceptance. Next time you find yourself stressed out about something you can’t change, focus on acceptance. Long commute? Tell yourself you have accepted it, it’s part of your life, and you’re doing your best to make the most of it. Positive thinking is more empowering than you might think!
If stress is too much for you to manage, check your mental health with one of our our free and anonymous Mental Health Screenings.