Dear Mind, I’m Stressed!



It’s Friday, and it’s been a week am I right?

We all know stress a little too well, whether it be hammering down for an upcoming university exam, looming work deadlines or maybe your inner Libran is coming out and indecisiveness has taken over in panic on what to wear out this evening.

So, we’re here to say, it’s okay to feel stressed.

Stress is a natural human reaction when you feel confronted and everything seems to kick in high gear, your heart rate elevates, blood pressure rises and there isn’t enough minutes in the day to tick of the ever-growing to-do list.

Although it is a ‘natural’ reaction, stress is still a negative force in which can have a big impact on both our personal and professional lives. Situations can change faster than we can process, leaving us feeling even more anxious. And this is not what we want!

To try kick that stress in the butt, you can try some of these coping strategies to help zen out:

1. Breathe

Step away and take a breathe. Get in touch with your body and channel your inner yogi. Sure this sounds easy, you breath all the time right, but taking slow, deep breathes can help instantly calm you and decrease tension, and all you need is a set of lungs!

Here are some breathing exercises from The Greatist which can help you relax in 10 minutes or less.

2. Laugh - It's no joke

When it comes to relieving stress, more giggles, or loud laughs, is just what the doctor ordered. Did you know laughter has been found to lower levels of stress hormones, reduce inflammation in the arteries, and increase “good” HDL cholesterol. Laughing can also stimulate many organs, enhancing your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulating your heart, lungs, and muscles, increasing those endorphins which are released to your brain.

3. Boost those endorphins!

We know it’s a mission to sometimes get up, into activewear and out the door, but the feeling post-exercise is well worth it. Whether you walk, run, play mixed netball or box, every time you are physically active your body releases mood-boosting chemicals called endorphins, which leave you feeling satisfied, relaxed, and a lot less stressed than how you started.

4. Unplug

It’s impossible to escape stress, especially if it followed you everywhere (Yes phone, we’re looking at you). It’s time to cut the cord. Walk away, avoid the email spam and overload of digi news. Try taking a little bit of time to escape from the world by putting your phone in another room, use ‘DND’ on your iPhone. When was the last time you sat underneath a tree and soaked up some rays? Try it this weekend.

5. Catch those z’s

It’s time to get some sleep, which should not be overestimated! Sleep is super important when regulating mood and stress, and when you are stressed, you actually need more sleep – with a typical adult needing 8+ hours every night to begin with. Sometimes it’s easier said than done with sleep. Resist the urge to lay there on the scroll or mulling over the next days’ problems, your body will thank you for the rest!

6. Flex those creative muscles

And how do you do this you ask? Attempt to write down your thoughts in a journal, bust out to your favourite Spotify playlist and use your hairbrush as a mic. (According to some studies listening to music helps relax and de-stress you from daily life). You could also try taking up some watercolour painting or candle making – doing something out of the box might distract you from the crazy world happening around you.

We urge you to be silly, have a little fun, and give your mind a break.

 

Let us know in the comments below how you destress.