Ways to Manage Stress

High amounts of prolonged stress can have serious effects on your health if its not dealt with effectively and the right away. Stress can come from either external elements or internal elements. Being sick can stress your body from the inside and dealing with people can cause stress from your environment.

In November 2020, I took a hypertension class which went over what hypertension is, what medications are available, and how stress can affect your blood pressure. They also taught us stress management and coping skills. Here is a list of ways that you can start trying out today.

  • Ask for help
  • Aromatherapy
  • Attend an event of interest
  • Add numbers
  • Aerobic exercises
  • Address the real issue
  • Breathe slowly
  • Baking
  • Basketball
  • Count to ten
  • Color in a picture
  • Call crisis line
  • Call a friend
  • Calming techniques
  • Deep breathing
  • Draw emotions/feelings
  • Dancing
  • Do push ups
  • Driving
  • Drink water
  • Eat a snack
  • Exercise
  • Escape the situation
  • Find a safe place
  • Finish house work
  • Fishing
  • Find a puzzle to play
  • Free write feelings
  • Fly a kite
  • Go to a happy place
  • Golf
  • Games
  • Go to a friends
  • Go outside
  • Go for a run
  • Go swimming
  • Go to the gym
  • Grow a garden
  • Get help from others
  • Help someone else with a problem
  • Hiking
  • Have a party
  • Hugs
  • Hang out with friends
  • Have someone listen to your problem
  • “I” statements
  • Identify triggers
  • Instagram pictures
  • Interact with others
  • Jog in place
  • Jumping jacks
  • Jump rope
  • Journaling
  • Kick a soccer ball
  • Knitting
  • Kickboxing
  • Kickball
  • Listen and discuss
  • Laugh
  • Long walks
  • Listen to music
  • Lay down
  • Lift weights
  • Letter writing
  • Look outside
  • Learn something new
  • Lay head down a desk
  • Make a plan
  • Make food
  • Make a craft
  • Meditate
  • Meet new people
  • Nap
  • Notes to self
  • Never give up
  • Obstacle course
  • Observe surroundings
  • Paint
  • Play an instrument
  • Prepare a healthy meal
  • Play music
  • Quilting
  • Read
  • Run
  • Ride a bike
  • Sleep
  • Swim
  • Soak in a tub
  • Sun bathe
  • Take a walk
  • Volunteer
  • Video games
  • Watch a movie
  • Write poetry
  • Workout
  • Write a letter
  • Yoga
  • Zumba
  • Zone out

Another thing you should look out for is moments of anxiety. Anxiety can cause stress on your body and mind so you must be able to recognize when you are having anxiety so you can tackle it quickly and safely. Here are some signs you are going through anxiety.

  • Memory issues
  • Avoidance
  • Panic attacks
  • Needing reassurance
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble breathing
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Overthinking
  • Sweating
  • Stomach issues
  • Lack of patience
  • Procrastination
  • Constant worrying
  • Headaches

I have seen what too much stress can do to your body. My sister got so stressed out that her body had another period two weeks after having her last period. This made her stress out more and she thought something was wrong with her. Ladies, can you imagine being so stressed out that you gave yourself another period? Recently, she got so stressed out again that she started showing symptoms of pregnancy, but after a visit to the doctor, the tests were negative and she was asked what was going on in her life and it turns out the stress of moving to another country far away from family, plus her husband being deployed only three months after moving to Germany, plus school and having to take care of two cats, one of which is having trouble adjusting to his new home, was the cause of her symptoms.

I’m so lucky that the only thing my stress has done to me is cause insomnia. I can’t even imagine what my sister is going through. I don’t want you to go through the same issues of stress so please try out these stress management and coping skills to help calm your body and mind.

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