Life can be stressful in many ways, and it’s easy to let your stress level build up before you even know that it’s happening. It can feel like a heavy weight on your shoulders, especially if you work at a job where you frequently find yourself “taking work home” with you.
You feel like you have more work than you can handle
You are irritable with people close to you
All these things add up to the feeling of being stressed out and here are five easy ways you can reduce your stress level right now and feel better.
Here’s what you can do:
Get up and move around. Change your location to another room and go outside if possible.
Stretch your muscles, touch your toes, swing your arms, shrug your shoulders, walk around.
Drink lots of water and other fluids, so you can stay hydrated.
Rest your eyes, and if possible find a place to lay down.
Breathe deeply in, and slowly breath out.
Take just a few minutes to let yourself unwind and you may discover that you can instantly relieve your stress level before it builds up. Then, make a conscious effort to refocus your energy in a more positive way.
No matter what kind of job you have, it helps to take a an occasional break in order to center yourself. Then, you can come back fresh and ready to work again.
Everyone varies in how much stress they can take, so it is a good idea to be honest with yourself and recognize the signs so you can make sure your stress doesn’t build up.
Be true to yourself and if you need a break, remember how important it is to take care of yourself.
Make Time to Relax
If you can’t fully relax at your job during the day, make sure you allow time right after work to unwind. Pick somewhere quiet where you can simply rest without interruption, even if you have to drive to a park and sit in your car.
Maybe you need to just listen to music to help you relax. You could get out and take a walk or a quick run in the outdoors, or maybe you just need to go home and crawl into a hammock in your back yard.
Taking a hot bath is a time-tested remedy, even during the summer months. It helps release tension held in muscles and promote overall relaxation.
Take Care of Yourself
Make it a point to take your mind off whatever is causing you stress, even for a moment, and observe the difference that it makes.
If you don’t take steps to unwind, your stress may have serious consequences, and it is just not worth it.
Life is about feeling in balance, and if you are stressed out, you will not feel good, or be as productive in your work as you can be. You owe it to yourself to make sure your stress levels don’t go up.
Karen Bresnahan is a professional writer, photographer and artist from Boise, Idaho. She has a degree in Communications from the University of Idaho. Her past experience includes feature writing and photography for the Valley News in Meridian, ID, and the Owyhee Avalanche in Homedale, ID.
Karen is a small business owner and is currently working on developing a web portfolio of her creative work, which includes Romantic Idaho Weddings, KBLifelines Positive Quotes, and Idaho Naturals Desertscapes artwork.
She enjoys writing stories that feature interesting people and health and fitness topics. Her goal is to motivate, educate and inspire others through her writing and photography.