5 Ways to Reduce Stress and Overwhelm: Everyone feels overwhelmed at times. It's a natural human response to life's many demands, but it can be overwhelming and debilitating when the stress is constant. I'm here to help you identify some ways that will reduce your stress levels so you can live a more fulfilling life!
1) Don't Think too Far Ahead
Anxiety and stress are usually caused when we are thinking too far ahead, worrying about what will happen, stressing about the unknown and what the outcomes might be. When you find your mind wandering and worrying about the future, try to bring yourself back to the present and to what is happening right now. Things always have a way of working out and too often we waste energy worrying about things that 'might' happen to find out later that things were fine in the end and we were worrying for no reason!
2) Focus On The Solution, Not The Problem
Spending all day everyday moaning and complaining about a problem will only stress you out and put you in a bad mood. It is far more productive to look at solutions for the problem instead. What can you do to change or improve this situation? Focus on that, put a plan in place and your mood will shift drastically.
3) Focus On The Good Things
Rather than getting stressed about the things you do not have yet, or the goals you haven't met yet, focus on what you DO have right now and the goals you HAVE achieved. It can be so easy to forget about the good things we have in life and that's why taking the time to do this will make such a difference to your stress levels. Always adapt an attitude of gratitude.
4) Don't Compare
In this modern world of social media a lot of people seem to compare their mood, life, job, relationship and material things to others. It is so important to remember that people only show on social media what they want you to see and just because someone is always bragging about something, it doesn't mean this is the actual truth. Comparing your life to others is a complete waste of energy! No two people are the same, everything happens at different times for different people and if you spent all of your time and energy focusing on yourself and your own goals rather than theirs, then you will get there Much faster. Comparing yourself will only make you angry/jealous/negative/stressed and this will make you unwell. Learn to be happy with who you are and what you have.
5) Look After Yourself
My fifth and final tip is to look after YOU! It is so important to take a break from work, from life and from people sometimes. Spend some time on your own, getting to know who you are, what you enjoy doing and doing things that relax you. Have a bubblebath, a pamper day, read a book, what a film, do some regular exercise, eat well, sleep well, ensure you are feeling your absolute best because you are no use to anyone else if you are not feeling good yourself. Self care is vital to relieving stress so put yourself first.
I hope that these tips help towards you feeling less stressed and I will be sharing more blog posts like this one in the near future.