I consider myself a mental health advocate, but as a psychology student, I am still learning. Thoughts shared are based on scientific research published by experts as well as my opinions and knowledge from personal experiences.
Hopefully if this title got your attention, you are like me, finding yourself flustered at times. And honestly that’s ok, but it’s how you react to stress that makes a difference.
With all the beautiful things that come with maturing (I am maturing land not aging IMO.) Stress is one of the bigger ones. and although there is nothing we can do to remove deadlines, projects, and a plethora of other commitments from our lives, we can definitely be savvy enough to learn some stress management techniques.
At work I have taught coping skills to kids all the time. Some of the most common ones are to count down from ten, and to take a deep breath. Whilst engraining these tactics to my kiddos I quickly realized I sometimes even forget to do these two things before reacting to thing that happen in my own life.
According to Mayo Clinic, relaxation techniques combined with self-care are key to combatting stress. Read up on my favorite self-care habits here.
Some great relaxation techniques include meditation, deep breathing, and yoga.
Limiting screen time has also been proven way to reduce stress! Go figure. UCHealth says that constant notifications shoot adrenaline into our bodies constantly. This is especially important to keep in mind before going to sleep, as many people struggle with stress keeping them awake at night. If this is you, I would recommend unpluging from your cell phone an hour before bed and reading a book instead of scrolling.
Another way to limit screen time is to take up a hobby that makes you forget to use your phone and also serves as a stress relief outlet.
Being creative helps me a lot when I am feeling especially stressed out, I love a DIY project or adult coloring books to clear my mind.
Overall, I would say that there’s no way to eliminate stress, but it’s important to learn what is the best way to manage it. Whatever that looks like for you, be mindful of yourself and what you need.
My last tip would be to complete what is required on your to do list and pencil in time for resting before you start to tackle what’s on someone else’s.