How do we reduce stress when it knocks at our door?
There’s so much to choose from, right?
First, we have constant stressors from serious international and domestic topics circling around us.
Then, we have personal stressors that weigh us down.
It’s enough to make you want to scream.
Or rely on comfort foods for meals and snacks.
Or indulge in sugary drinks and desserts.
There are other ways to reduce stress now before embracing habits that impede our well-being.
Instead, try to make self-care a priority, the centerpiece for taking care of physical, mental, and emotional health.
Reduce stress by pursuing activities or outlets that you’ll stick with long term.
According to this article, the best stress relievers are:
- Mindfulness meditation
- Regular exercise
- Enjoying nature
Other Ideas and Resources to Reduce Stress Now
As Anne Frank said during her 761 days in hiding, it’s a great way to vent.
Grab a notebook, diary, or journal and write down what’s stressing you out.
The nicest part is being able to write down all my thoughts and feelings; otherwise, I’d absolutely suffocate.
(Anne Frank, 16 March 1944.)
For young writers who want to hone their craft, and blog or author a book, check this out: https://www.theyoungwriter.com
If you love to read, pick up some light reading to escape.
A much shorter option than a book or magazine is Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper
As Maria says on her website, it’s packed with “powerful, thought-provoking content that provides hope for the path ahead.”
Listening to Music/Playing Music
Find some music to fill your home with joy.
Better yet, if you are a musician, pick up your instrument and lose yourself in your tunes.
Connecting with others
It’s easy to feel alone when stress bubbles up. Reach out to family members or good friends who can provide a sounding board.
If you have teens at home, this “Teenager Therapy” website and podcast, by and for teens, provides an authentic peek into teenage issues. It’s not a replacement for friends or in-person contact, but I’ve read that these teen podcasters exhibit vulnerability, and their vulnerability provides a meaningful connection.
Doomscrolling No More
“Doomscrolling” refers to the nonstop scrolling of bad news that’s found on news apps and social media apps.
Best advice is to step away. Stop looking. Find alternative ways to spend your time.
Sometimes you need to take a break from the doom-and-gloom to preserve your mental health.
Focusing on Gratitude
Of all the resources and ideas in this post, being grateful may by easier said than done.
But it’s so important.
Gratitude is a survival skill. It refocuses you on the good things in your life when you feel terribly burdened by stress.
Let’s continue this conversation, and share ideas about reducing stress, and stress eating, in the private Lady Moxy Wellness Facebook Group
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