I am a fairly stress-free person, and it’s not that I don’t have a lot going on because I most definitely do, but I have found how to control overwhelming and anxious ridden thoughts.
As a senior right now, I have plenty to stress about! Figuring out how to balance all my class, write my essays, finish college applications, and blah blah blah. So getting alllll this stuff done takes a lot time, a lot of commitment and a whole lotta stress. But for me, I just don’t really get stressed. And I know there’s probably something wrong with me, I mean it’s pretty likely. But when I was trying to think about why I just don’t feel the stress and pressure from everything, I found some common themes. For me, there is almost two parts – one being what I do and second how I compose my thoughts. But today I am only going to address part one to staying stress free and the other is something I plan to talk about in a whole other post because this would take a bit more time. Anyways, I want to go over some of my tips to staying stress free in what I physically do, and you can too!
These are things that don’t require changing the way you think but instead things you can do right now, theoretically, to ease the nervous. So, I complied a list of simple ways that you can feel the peace in your life! I am so excited for you to give these a try and hear your thoughts on how you realive stress.
1. Spend Time in Nature
Even if I only get to spend a minute outside, it is one of the best ways to combat stress. When surrounded by so much nature, a part of something bigger then yourself and your problems, it helps you to focus on something else. And when you spend your time outside, it should be a break from all, yes all, electronics. With all this new technology, people are prone to stay indoors and get caught in the negativity that is strung along with it.
When you get a chance, being outside is the time to reflect and enjoy beauty. This is also supported by research; psychological studies have found that spending time outside or even just being by window is correlated with much happier subjects. To reduce your stress levels, take a few minutes out of your day and spend it outside and you’ll be amazed at what it can do for you.
2. Time With Loved Ones
Spending time with family and friends is one of the most simple ways to reduce your stress. They are able to give you a different perspective than what you see and help you find a logical solution for whatever problem you face. Not only that, they also are there to be supportive and loving.
Being able to directly hear that they are still going to love you and care about you no matter what is going to happen is such a comforting feeling!
Many of us may be feeling the stress directly from family and friends, especially within the holiday season, in which in this case I would try to talk to another trusted person who can help you discern your problems and how to face them.
3. Animals, The Best!
Spending time with animals and your pets is one of the easiest ways to relieve stress. This helps you distract yourself from whatever’s stressing you out and focus on caring about a beloved animal which likely is dependent on you.
Stress is usually caused by the lack of control and so when you find something that you can control, like having a pet, you are able to feel more power and less of the stress weighing you down. But don’t worry, you don’t have to get a pet; spending time outside listening to the birds chirp or the crickets at night is another way to relieve stress without directly having to have an animal. This is proven too, not just my opinion, what a perfect excuse to get a pet! In any which way, animals are amazing for getting rid of stress.
4. Helping Others
This may sound ironic but I always find that helping others is the key to helping yourself. Exposing myself to the people in need is a way to to stop feeling stressed. When I see people that are struggling just for the bare necessities, it always sparks a sense of guilt. I realize how minuscule my problems are compared to what people that aren’t as fortunate as I face every single day.
It also helps me feel much happier when I’m able to give back to these people. Helping others, even if it’s just a friend struggling with homework, I am able to humble myself and focus on other people rather than being so self-absorbed in myself and my problems. Sometimes the best way to defeat your own problems is to help others with their’s.
5. Get Creative!
Getting creative is one of the most perfect ways to release stress. For many of us can include painting, drawing, journaling or even scrapbooking.
This helps you get your mind off of whatever is bothering you and put it into a format that comprehendible; you may realize a different solution to your problem or it may be just as simple as getting your mind off of a stressor.
In modern days, we are brought up to be so methodical in our work that we may not be able to put ourselves into anything we do. Giving yourself time to be expressive and in-tune with your feelings is one of the most important things to keep stress levels low.
If you don’t consider yourself an artistic person, try something with words like journaling, writing songs or coloring in a coloring book. This may seem like a waste of time to you but it really is great way to relieve your stress and change your perspective.