Stress and anxiety are common companions in today’s day and age. Though quality of life is on the whole better than it’s ever been, the fact that we can’t turn off is a huge stressor. In the worst-case scenarios, we are constantly working even when we’re not at the office. However, even if you don’t have that type of work/life experience, social media, constant scrolling, social alienation, rising costs and of course personal stressors can all accumulate until you feel a constant low level of stress.
No one should live like this, but the solution isn’t cut and dry. That’s why, if you want to stop your stress in its tracks, you should try out these four tips.
Spend Time Away from Electronics
You don’t need to completely swear off your phone or throw your television into the trash. What you do need to do, however, is spend time away from screens. Screens can hurt your eyes, cause headaches, and they also encourage you to constantly be doing something. Phones and social media are by far the worst for this.
You can commit to any chunk of time that works for you. Go for a walk, pick up a hands-on hobby, meditate, exercise, or whatever else takes your fancy. Getting used to slowing down away from screens can help your eyesight and help you slow down and reconnect with the present.
Try Vitamin and Wellness Supplements
Chances are your body isn’t getting everything that it needs to thrive. When your body isn’t running at full power, your system starts to grind down. This can make you feel tired, stressed, agitated, or even despondent. The good news is that it’s easy to counteract with a few select substances. Don’t just look to vitamin supplements, either. You can try CBD for anxiety and introduce oil or even gummies to your routine to try and reduce stress that way.
Combine your supplements with a healthy diet and really pay attention to your physical symptoms to help you understand what your body is missing. If in doubt you can even get a test done to get definitive answers.
Reconnect with Your Body
There are so many different ways that your body can relieve or cause stress. If you curl in on yourself, you’re actually limiting how much air you can breathe in. The lack of oxygen can then make you feel worse and more anxious. Stretching out and adopting a proper posture helps relieve pressure points, can help you breathe more deeply, and as a result help you destress.
Identify (and Manage) Stressors
Many things can be a stressor. In order to minimize the impact of the stressor you need to know what it is, why it happens, and how you can either avoid it or prepare yourself for it. Some stressors, like toxic relationships, should be let go. Others, like work, need a better strategy so that you can thrive. Your stressors may change overtime too – find coping mechanisms that work for you and be aware of your stress levels so that you can implement new changes when needed.