How to Take Care of Yourself During Stress

6 Nov

Do you need to a little help with how to take care of yourself during stress? Stress can become harmful to your body and health when it is not dealt with. Stress can lead to problems sleeping, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, depression and anxiety.

When you are going through a major life crisis or stressed out about something its easy to forget about taking care of yourself.

How to Deal With Your Stress

how to deal with stress

Resist the urge to eat packaged food and take out: When your stressed its hard to find the motivation and time to go to the grocery store, buy fresh food and come home and cook it too. If your not in the mood to cook, try to push your self to at the very least make the easiest meal you know how to make. If that seems like too much work or you do not have time to do even that, buy frozen healthy meals and canned vegetable soup. Don’t let yourself do this for too long or too often, try making dinner for yourself every other day instead of every day. Ease back into cooking and eating right and soon it will become a habit again.

Go to a workout class: when your not feeling motivated to workout it helps to take a class, seeing other women and talking to people will help you to feel social without having to talk about what is bothering you. The best thing about going to a class when your not motivated is the instructor does all the work, you essentially don’t have to think, just follow the directions. Whether your in the mood to workout or not you will probably get your butt kicked and feel motivated by the energy in the room. Hopefully your instructor will have a fun playlist that will cheer you up too, this brings me to my next point.

Listen to music: Listen to music while cleaning, doing dishes, getting ready. Listening to music will help relax your mind and act as a distraction. Listening to happy music and singing along in the car, shower, wherever you are can be a great release of tension and actually get you smiling again.

Do Something Productive: This could be cleaning the house, reading an interesting book, de cluttering your closet or doing something even bigger and work on that project you have been wanting to start. Doing something productive with your spare time instead of watching TV, a movie or browsing for endless hours on the internet will help you to feel better about yourself. At the end of the day if you did nothing productive you probably wont feel good.

Write Down Your Thoughts in a Journal: Writing down your thoughts can actually put your mind at ease and prevent you from dwelling on the same thought over and over again. You can write these thoughts down at any time during the day when a thought comes to mind, write it down and move on. Writing your thoughts and feelings on paper before bed can help you sleep better at night.

Speaking from experience, whether you do one of these tips or all of them it will help you to get back on the right track. Feeling stressed about something can take over your life, but it’s important to know how to take carer of yourself during stress to make sure you are focusing on every aspect of your life and fulfilling the needs of your body and mind to stay happy and healthy.

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