Feeling stressed out? Here are 7 tools to use to stop stressing out now. By practicing these tools regularly, it can make it much easier to relax and calm down.
Something triggers you and suddenly you can’t stop thinking about it. Little things begin to bother you. Maybe you experience headaches, jaw tension, or just feel unable to relax.
When this happens and you’re seriously stressing out, it’s hard to stop! When people tell you to “relax”? Yeah right. I would if I could!
By building up my own toolbox of things to do to help stop stressing out, I’ve found stress MUCH easier to manage.
Here are 7 things to do to stop stressing out.
If I stay home, it is all too easy to end up ruminating and wasting my energy on negative or stressful thinking.
Getting outside of the home, whether it’s in nature or going for a drive, can make a big shift in energy.
Sometimes I will go to the park, sit by the beach, or just head out to my favorite bookstore and wander around. I always come away feeling better.
Moving your body in any way can help shake loose any tension.
Try going for a walk, dancing, jumping on a mini trampoline, or doing some yoga. This helps to boost your mood, too!
Journal it out.
Put pen to paper and get those stressful thoughts out!
When I do this, my journaling basically turns from me writing my negative thoughts down to writing down encouraging thoughts or helpful advice. All from my own brain! The positive thoughts are in there – just trust yourself and get writing.
Talk it out.
Share with a close friend or therapist. However, if you do choose to share with a friend, be sure that you can trust them to either give support or feedback (or neither) IF you want it.
You may even start the conversation by asking for what you need.
Here’s an example:
“I’ve been feeling some stress lately. I’d love to share and ask for support because I think any feedback or advice right now would be too overwhelming. Do you have time right now to talk?”
You may already know, I’m a big fan of meditation. It helps me curb any anxiety, lower stress levels, and feel much happier.
Creating a daily practice or even just using it as a tool when things get a bit hard is so helpful. I like to meditate in the afternoon, to sort of recalibrate my nervous system.
It’s incredibly soothing and helpful to gain a larger perspective.
Here’s a bonus: having a daily meditation practice helps me get out of the stress cycle completely. With practice, it’s become something I look forward to as well!
Spend time with your pets or children.
Pets and young children typically do not have the same problem with stress that we do.
It’s a wonderful thing!
By spending time with them playing or goofing around, we can let go of that tension or stress that we may feel from our busy day-to-day lives.
Grab some paint or art supplies and start creating! This is a GREAT way to turn off the analytical and busy part of the brain.
When you are being creative and letting go of perfectionism, it’s really easy to get lost in your creativity and forget any troubles.
Whether you like to write, paint, knit, dance, sing, or color, tapping into your creativity can unleash parts of you that need to be expressed.
It’s an excellent way to process your emotions and express yourself.
Having trouble tapping into your creative side? This book is a helpful tool.
How To Get Started?
There is no need to tackle all of these tools at once.
Just pick ONE that sounds the most interesting to you and give it a try.
It may be hard at first to shut off your thinking, but keep practicing. It gets easier every time!
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