How I Manage Stress: National Stress Awareness Month

I was watching Season 2 of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix, and Kimmy said, “I’m like a lollipop with a question mark on the wrapper. I don’t know what’s going on inside.” And I felt like she was my spirit animal (well, I always do minus the whole being kidnapped for 15 years). Lately I’ve been feeling super stressed about a couple of things, and it’s been messing with me. There are a couple of things that I do to help feel better, but it can still be difficult to forget you’re stressed.

April is National Stress Awareness Month. Obviously managing stress is important. I think we all know that, but it’s sometimes harder to manage stress. I’m not very good at it, but I do have a couple of go-to things that help when I’m stressed. Whether you’re dealing with personal stuff, work stress, or just having a bad day, hopefully these tips and tricks can help.

Make Something Routine: It doesn’t matter what it is. For me, it’s leaving work at (or around) 5:00 PM and going to the gym. I go almost every day. It’s my time to disconnect from work and start “my time” of the day. For you it might be watching an episode of your favorite show, giving your mom a call once a week, or making time for date night each week. Whatever it is, do it and keep doing it.

Get Some Rest: Whether it’s a 30 minute power nap or a 12-hour sleeping marathon, getting rest can make a world of difference in your day or week. Over 35% of people get less than 7 hours of sleep, which causes us to suffer throughout the day by not being able to fully concentrate on work, school, and our lives around us. Just getting proper rest will make you feel a lot better. I know it does for me.

Do Something Fun: Stop getting caught up in work, school, your crappy relationship, etc. DO SOMETHING FUN! Taking your mind off of whatever is bothering you can be so hard. Trust me. But when you are so immersed in something that you truly enjoy, you will start to forget…at least for the time being, which is a start. Pick up a paint brush, hop on your bike, or head to the closest Target. “Something fun” is different for everyone.

Cuddle with Someone/Something You Love: Sometimes I just come home and hang on poor Dave like he’s a large stuffed teddy bear I won at the fair. Apparently hugging releases endorphins in your body, making you feel better. So, get hugging! Even if it’s your cat – they love you and you know it.

Everyone reacts to stress differently, and what might be relaxing for me might be the road to anxiety for you, but hopefully there is something out there that helps. The things I listed about are fairly simple, but sometimes you need that reminder. Sometimes simple is the best answer. What do you do to help combat stress? Please share! I love trying new things, whether it’s to help relieve stress or just for fun. 🙂

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