Updated: May 20
We all struggle with stress in our daily lives and it can be quite tricky to handle! Even the concept of dealing with stress can be stressful at times! However it is incredibly important that we find ways to alleviate this stress because it is proven to not only be harmful to our mental health, but our physical health as well. Though, once the stress builds up, it can be difficult to relax in the midst of a busy day or an important test. In light of this, I've put together a brief guide on a few quick things you can do to get a small respite during your stressful day!
Make Some Tea
There is nothing quite like the first sip of a hot cup of freshly brewed tea, you can practically feel the stress melt away as soon as the steam hits your face! While the cup of tea itself is nice on its own, I find that the process of brewing the tea is what really allows you to zen out. The trick to this one is to boil water as opposed to throwing a cup of water in the microwave. While boiling the water does take more time, you will find yourself lost in the sounds and aromas of the brewing process. The smell of the herbs will follow the steam out of the cup when you pour the water and suddenly you'll be whisked away from all of your worries! In shorter terms, getting lost in a simple but rewarding task can distract you from your stress for a brief moment so that you cab refocus yourself and tackle the problem.
Meditation is an amazing way to clear your mind and refocus yourself! While this is one of the best things you can do to de-stress, it is also the one that requires the most commitment. Being able to properly meditate requires discipline and practice, its not something that you can just hop in to on a whim. Although if you already have experience with meditation it considerably easier to slip into the right state of mind. I won't go into the specifics of meditation in this guide because this post would be way too long! But once you learn to meditate properly it only takes a few seconds to get into the right mindset and just a few minutes more to completely recharge yourself! Meditation is going to be the biggest time commitment out of anything on this list, not because of how long it takes, but because of how long it can take to learn the proper technique. However once you put the time in to learn properly, I guarantee that this will be the most effective tool in your arsenal for relieving stress!
Take a Walk
Going for a short walk is an amazing way to clear your head during a stressful day! The best part about walking off your stress is that the walk can last for any amount of time you need it to. If you're short on time, your walk can just be a quick jaunt to the break room to clear your head! But if you've been having a particularly stressful day, I highly recommend waiting until your break and walking a few blocks outside, nothing feels quite like getting some fresh air after a hard day! The trick to alleviating stress this way is to take in the scenery as you walk, even if you're still in the same building. When you get up and start moving around you will feel less trapped by your problems as you take in the new sights and get further and further away from your computer screen! By the time you come back you will be able to look upon your problems with fresh eyes and maybe even some new solutions!
Sometimes all you need when you're stressed is to get all of the nervous energy out of your system. It would be a good idea to invest in some desk toys like a stress ball or a fidget spinner/cube. As someone who struggles with ADHD I always have some kind of fidget toy on hand and I can seriously vouch for how much of a life saver they can be! When you play with a desk toy it can be a good way to calm yourself down and focus on a task other than work for a small period of time. However be careful that you don't waste needless amounts of time playing with things on your desk! I recommend finding something that you can passively play with while working at the same time. Fidget toys are amazing for relieving stress and the nervous energy that comes with it, and because of this I am a firm believer that everyone should use them!
Talk to Someone
We can all get overwhelmed sometimes, that's just part of being human! However its important to remember that we never go through life alone. No matter how stranded or lonely you feel there is always someone in this world who loves and cares about you! If something is really starting to get to you, and nothing else seems to work, try reaching out to someone you trust. talking out your problems with friends or family can help you vent out some of your frustration, and they might even be able to help you look at your problems from a different angle! I think it is impossible to count how many times I've had to turn to friends and family for advice in my life, and I know for a fact that I wouldn't be where I am today without the people that have supported me all of these years. It's important to remember that there are people who care about you in your life, and you would be surprised at how willing they are to help you out, no matter what your burden may be!
I know that stress might not seem like a big thing and that we can just "suck it up", but it really does affect our health (both short term and long term) in far more ways than we realize. If you have a keen eye, you might have noticed a running theme in this post. Every method I've suggested involves taking a short break from whatever you're doing! These small breaks are insanely helpful in keeping yourself from getting burnt out on your daily life, I recommend taking a short 3 to 5 minute break every hour or so. It is still important to work hard and not slack off, but be sure to still leave room in your schedule for your own well being! I hope these tools will help you as much as they have helped me!