Dealing with stress can be a struggle. You might find yourself feeling stuck in a rut.
To find your way through tough times, these five tips may come in handy.
Build a support network
When you’re going through stressful times, you must build a support network. Surround yourself with family and friends, or consider joining a support group if appropriate.
Carrying stress alone can be a burden, talking about your problems with others can help you to ease the strain. At first, it can be difficult to share your emotions with others, hang in there, and keep trying, because it does get easier.
Write down your feelings
When you’re going through stressful times it can be useful to write down your feelings.
Start a journal, to help you reflect on what you’re going through. There are many different ways that you can use a journal. If you’re not sure where to start you can purchase a journal that includes prompts.
There are so many benefits of using a journal including:
- A healthy way to express your emotions.
- Can help you to reflect on solutions to problems.
- You can write down things that are hard to express to others.
- Useful to track your progress over time.
Yoga & meditation
Yoga & meditation are great practices to deal with stressful times.
Studies show that both yoga and meditation can lower cortisol levels in the body (the stress hormone). To make a start you can try out apps, there are lots of tools that focus on both practices.
If you’re a beginner, Hatha yoga is the easiest style to learn, it includes all the basic poses, to help you get started.
Most yoga classes include some meditation element, so it’s easy to learn both at the same time.
When you’re feeling stressed and anxious there are plenty of herbal remedies which can help you to relax.
You might try remedies like passionflower, chamomile, CBD, or valerian. All of these have calming properties, to help with relaxation and improve sleep.
These remedies are available in supplement form, and some can also be purchased in the form of a tea. Before you add a new supplement to your diet, ensure that you read the label carefully, or discuss it with your doctor.
Essential oils are also fantastic for helping to keep people calm and more relaxed. Put a few drops into your bath, add some to an oil burner or put a bit in your favourite tea.
The right support
Depending on your situation, you might find yourself needing a little bit of extra support. For some people, therapy is a great way to deal with feelings of stress and anxiety. To access therapy options, contact your doctor for more info.
Alternatively, you might get started with a CBT app. There are different support options out there, depending on what you’re going through.
For instance, if you need legal support through a divorce you’ll need to contact a trusted Family Law service.
Using these five tips you’ll get yourself through stressful times. Remember, no one solution works for everyone. Feeling better can take a little trial and error.