Stress is an inevitable part of life. We’re all bound to get overwhelmed by the struggles that life throws at us, so you totally shouldn’t feel bad about yourself when they do. What can make or break us is how we handle those stressful situations.
There are going to be times where we feel like we can’t escape stress; like no matter what we do, it keeps coming back to haunt us. However, there are things that we can do to make us feel better when we’re stressed out. They won’t necessarily make the stress go away, but they can make it a bit more bearable for the time being. Here are just a few things you can do to feel better when stress is getting to you.
Talk about it
Venting about our problems is a great way to help us get a handle on the stress we experience. Not only does it feel good to get things out in the air, talking about stress to a loved one can allow someone else to provide you with support, help you come up with solutions to your problems, or give you a different perception on what you’re feeling. All of those responses will be a great help to you.
Get some air
It might seem a bit cliché, but talking a quick walk outside and getting some fresh air could make you feel a lot better than you were cramped up in your room. When you get stressed, your body gets way hotter than it should be. Feeling a breeze on your face can help you feel more normal, making things easier when you do get back inside.
Take a shower
Similarly to taking a walk outside, showers will help get your stressed out body back to the temperature you want it. They’re also just super relaxing in general, making you feel way more at ease than you were before the water started running.
Exercising when you’re stressed out is really good for a couple of reasons. One such reason is that it helps you focus on something else, as your brain will be more preoccupied with keeping your body in motion than thinking about what’s stressing you out. Another is that it releases endorphins into your brain which act as natural painkillers, making your body feel better while also making you more relaxed when you finish exercising.
Listen to your favorite music
Music is a perfect escape from the stressors of life. It’s not intrusive in the sense that it doesn’t need to be your primary focus when listening to it, and it’s also an easy way for us to enjoy something we love for as short or as long as we want. Belting out the lyrics to your favorite tunes is therapeutic as hell, just try not to wake the neighbors.
Think about how important what’s stressing you out will be in the long run
There’s a saying that goes something like, “If it won’t matter in 5 years, why spend 5 minutes worrying about it?” This holds extremely true, as I can’t tell you how many things I freaked out about years ago that I laugh about today. This of course won’t be the case for every stressful situation, as some of them do hold some serious weight, but it’ll help you with the little ones.
Watch something funny
Whether it’s a TV show, stand up bit, or a quick YouTube video with goofy puppies in it, making yourself laugh can really help destress you. For a second you’ll forget about how stressed you are and you’ll be able to relax a bit. After you’re done laughing, you’ll go back into your situation with a more positive and light-hearted mindset.
Get a hug
Hugs are pure magic. They make you feel safe, peaceful, and loved all at the same time. Whether it’s a family member, a significant other, or a friend, getting a hug from someone lets you know that they care about you and want you to feel better. Knowing that someone really cares about you makes life a lot easier when your stress makes you feel like the world is out to get you.