5 Tips to Stress Less
by: Kayla Dewees
Photographed by Victoria Dewees
When schedules fill up, life can become overwhelmingly stressful, especially at inconvenient times. Whether it be from work, school, social life, or even simple tasks, these pile ups put pressure on you and your well being. When festered, these toxic vexations can induce many different negative aspects in life. The relief of stress can create a world of difference in your health triangle, effecting your physical, social, and mental health. Here are five tips to help lift stress off of your shoulders, improve yourself, and to accomplish better performance in life.
Sometimes, you have to vent until there's nothing left to regurgitate, and writing is one of the best forms of venting. Please, write down how you're feeling and then even better, write down how you can allow these feelings to better themselves. Or if you just want to spill your stress and leave it there, it is your world, my friend. Keeping a small journal or notebook with you at all times can provide solace in times of emotional distress. One thing that might make you feel even more relieved after you write, is to put that stress in the past and kill that pesky bitch by burning (safely), ripping, or burying your writing/venting afterward and move onto investing in some mindfulness.
Stress is ultimately a mentality, which can lead to grim physical effects. One of the easiest ways to relieve this mentality is through consciousness. This healing method is often assumed as a 'hippie' mind state, luckily hippies are in style. The mind controls most of the body's functions, therefore you create the space your body travels to mentally. It is understandable that sometimes we can't control these functions, but you can learn to sway and form a grasp on them through mindfulness. This can be achieved, for example, by setting your mind to knowing how you want to feel through means of personal manifestation and awareness. If you tell yourself you can do something and take a moment to believe it wholly, there will be a difference in your willpower. If you're stressed, be aware that you're making the effort to know everything's going to be alright because, in retrospect, stress isn't worth it. These higher states of consciousness can manifest the direction of your well-being. Take a moment to better your mind in return for bettering yourself.
Breath is known to induce positivity and awareness, as well as generate a release of tension within yourself. An activity that involves breath as a focus resides in the act meditation. Meditation can allow you to evolve through the usage of centering yourself through breath, followed by mindfulness. The biggest tip for those who haven't meditated, or are just dabbling into it, is to sit in a quiet place without distraction and follow along with a ten minute guided meditation on youtube once a day or more. This practice can truly leave a positive effect on your mood and mind state, especially when done at the start of your day. The same benefits follow for yoga however, yoga uses both aspects of breath and mindfulness in accompany to physical technique. These beautiful stress eliminators can assist in adapting sensibility for your mind, body, and soul.
4. Invest in a Hobby
Everyone finds relief in something different, and if you don't know your release do yourself a favor and find it. Whether it be volunteering at an animal shelter, performing, wine tasting, or shopping, it is important to open yourself up to finding an enjoyable hobby. Hobbies should be pleasurable, enabling a release through happiness and enjoyment. These diversions assist in recovering stressors and/or emotional difficulties through expression. Hit some tennis balls to lash out your anger or knit a cute sweater with your grandma for some quality time. Whatever your hobby is, I hope you find ongoing relief within that happiness.
5. Cry It Out
You've heard this a million times and you're going to hear it again; it's never healthy to keep emotions bottled up. There are moments when hobbies, mindfulness, or writing just don't do the job, therefore you just gotta cry it out. There's nothing wrong with releasing emotional build up, these mental build-ups can lead to physical build-ups. So take some time for yourself, cry a little, and then return to what you were working on when you're no longer frustrated or upset. Or, eat some chocolate after you cry and screw what you were working on.