Coping With Stress
Stress is an unavoidable part of life that we all experience. There are always bills to pay, demanding work and family responsibilities, and there never seems to be enough hours in the day. Unfortunately, when we are stressed out we tend to resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as eating junk food, drinking, smoking, and becoming lethargic.
These coping mechanisms may provide instant gratification, but they do not help you reduce your stress, and they can cause many health issues which in turn can lead to more stress.
Importance of Stress Management
Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life. While small amounts of stress can be motivating, living with high levels of stress can have negative effects on your wellbeing. High levels of stress can affect your ability to think clearly, function properly, and enjoy life.
Effects of Stress
- Feeling tired
- Difficulty sleeping
- Stomach aches
- Aches and pains in the neck and shoulders
- Quick temper
- Difficulty concentrating
How to Cope With Stress
Stress management gives you the tools you need to break the hold stress has on your life. When we can manage our stress we are happier, healthier, more productive, and can meet challenges head-on. Learn how to cope with stress in a healthy manner with the following tips.
Identify The Source
This might seem obvious, but many people deal with symptoms of stress without addressing the underlying cause. Take the time to consider what is causing you stress. This will allow you the opportunity to identify whether or not there is a solution to your problem. If there is something that can be done to help the situation, then take action. If not, follow the rest of our tips to help with your stress.
Ask For Support
When faced with stress, we often shut down and withdraw. We might be embarrassed by the source of our stress or we feel as though we should handle it on our own, but sharing your troubles with someone you trust can be a huge help. They might be able to offer you a fresh perspective on the situation or provide new suggestions on how you can solve your problem. The act of talking and sharing with another person can be cathartic, giving you some relief. Remember to be there for your family and friends when they are stressed.
Take Care of Yourself
When you are stressed, focus on taking care of yourself. Eat healthy foods, exercise, and make sure you are getting enough sleep. Your physical health plays a big role in your emotional health, so be sure to take care of both. Healthy habits are a great way to manage stress. They will help you feel better in the short and long term, plus they give you a sense of control that will help you better manage your stress.
No matter what is on your plate, you can always find something to be grateful for. When you are overwhelmed with stress, practice gratitude by writing down everything you are thankful for. This will help remind you that the good things outweigh the bad. The stress may not disappear, but you will now have a new, positive outlook to help manage your stress.
Take a Break
When feeling overwhelmed with stress, it is important to take a break. Breaks can reduce stress levels, whether it is a fun weekend getaway or a ten-minute break in the middle of a busy workday. Step away and find time to relax. It could be as simple as a quick nap or meditation.
Put Yourself First
It can be difficult to say no when others ask for help, even if you are feeling overwhelmed. If you are someone who has a hard time telling others no, you are more vulnerable to the pressure to take on more than you can handle. It is important to remember that it is okay to say no. You have to put your own mental and emotional health first; others will understand.
Ease Stress With Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is a popular technique for stress management. While you may not be able to always eliminate a negative situation, aromatherapy is an effective way to combat the emotional turbulence that accompanies stress.
Essential Oils for Stress
Lavender essential oil has a sweet and calming aroma that has been used for thousands of years for its therapeutic benefits. The calming and relaxing properties of Lavender help encourage restful sleep and can help ease feelings of anxiety and stress and uplift your mood. Try diffusing Lavender when you are feeling stressed.
Vetiver has a deep earthy aroma and is considered the oil of tranquility. The therapeutic benefits of Vetiver have a grounding effect on the emotions, and can help calm and relax the body and mind. If you are having a hard time falling asleep, put a few drops on your feet under your socks before bed.
Bergamot has a citrusy and fresh aroma that is revered for its uplifting and calming properties. The therapeutic benefits of Bergamot can help relieve tension and ease anxiety. Try diffusing Bergamot to brighten and uplift your mood.
A part of our energy and mood collections, Perspective combines Lavender, Geranium, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, Chamomile, and Cypress essential oils. Perspective may help you release past negative feelings, and have some perspective on tough situations. Apply topically to your temples to uplift and diminish inferior thoughts.
A part of our mood and sleep collections, Tranquility combines Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, Lime, Blue Tansy, Ylang Ylang, Lavender, and Citronella essential oils. Tranquility helps calm the mind and body and bring overall serenity. Diffuse Tranquility to enhance meditation and calm everyday worries.
A part of our mood and sleep collections, At Peace combines Litsea Cubeba, Lime, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, and Tangerine essential oils. At Peace has a bright and fresh aroma to uplift the mood and ease feelings of frustration. Diffuse At Peace to help stay calm and centered.