Ro’ Says Relax
Honestly, it sounds crazy, but we feel like each and every year we’re busier than the last. All of us are strung out on stress, trying to make our way through our hectic lives without taking a moment to breathe. And with Stress Awareness Day just around the corner – it’s November 6th for those of you that feel like every day is Stress Awareness Day – there’s no time like the present to come up with some strategies for managing stress when it feels like it’s just too much to handle.
You know when someone asks if you’re mad and it only makes you angrier? Or when someone tells you to calm down and you only feel your blood pressure rising further? Well, we don’t want to make you even more stressed by just telling you to take a chill pill. Instead, we want to provide you with some excellent and easy coping mechanisms to keep your stress to a minimum, even if you can’t get rid of it forever.
- #1. Turn on some tunes. Studies have shown that slow or meditative music are proven stress relievers, so open up our new Spotify playlist and find some of your chillest music to listen to for a few minutes. You’ll be saying ahhhh in no time.
- #2. Get moving. Getting your sweat on and getting out of your own head is one of the best ways to relieve stress. So 45 minutes in the studio, on the bike is the perfect antidote to those horrible, jittery feelings that sneak up on us sometimes.
- #3. Jot it down. Writing down what’s bothering you is a lot more cathartic than you might expect. Studies have shown that those who write daily about their feelings have far fewer episodes of intense stress.
- #4. Embrace the touchy feely. Even if you’re not someone who loves lots of physical touch, it’s been noted time and time again that physical touch slows heart rate and reduces feelings of stress. Not up for hugging your friends or colleagues? Book a massage or an acupuncture session.
- #5. Why so serious. When you’re feeling anxious, stressed or overwhelmed, it can become all too easy to get all doom and gloom. It’s amazing how a little light-heartedness can help relieve some of those feelings. Turn on your favourite silly movie or stream some comedy sketches on Netflix. Laughter really is the best medicine.
- #6. Identify one good thing that’s happened today. You know that dark cloud that’s hanging over your head? You know, the one that’s pouring down stress and bad feelings? Well, it’s not the only thing in life. No matter how bad things are, there’s always something to be thankful for or happy about, so go through your day and find at least one positive thing that’s happened. You’ll see that life really isn’t so stressful after all.
- #7. Nibble away at stress. Stress most often feels totally mental, but what you eat has a huge effect on how intense it feels. Try eating stress-relieving foods like yogurt, dark chocolate, oily fish, blueberries and nuts.
- #8. Engage in some self-care. This can really be anything from taking a bubble bath to reading a book to sitting on a bench in the sunshine for 10 minutes. Does it make you smile? Do it. Taking the time to care for yourself and honour what brings you joy will help to reduce stress now and going forward.