Tips for handling stress

I will be completely honest in admitting I am not someone who necessarily deals with stress well, depending on what it is that is causing me stress. I will say, however, that over the past few years, I have improved in terms of how I deal with stressors and the effects they have on my mind and body thanks to some learned tips and advice.

I thought it might be useful to share these tips with others in hopes of potentially assisting someone dealing with a lot of stress. Please keep in mind that while these tricks benefit me, they may not be of assistance to everyone.

1) Talking to myself: I realize this one may raise some eyebrows, but hear me out. When I say I talk to myself, I don’t mean I’m having individualistic conversations throughout the entirety of a given day. Rather, when I feel myself becoming rather overwhelmed or stressed, I find talking to myself aloud can help calm me down and allow me to recognize the reality of the situation as opposed to catastrophizing or snowballing.

2) Talking to others: This one can be tricky depending on what the source of stress in your life is, but I find when I’m really struggling to make sense of what is causing me stress, speaking to friends and loved ones about it can be very advantageous. Sometimes, garnering a new perspective can be the most effective way to find clarity in a moment of stress, and it is best to converse with people we know well and trust entirely.

3) Practicing self-care: Sometimes, something as simple as running a hot bath with some epsom salts and lighting a candle is all we need to properly handle stress. When we are able to relax, stressors may not seem as intense or daunting.

Do you have any tips to share in the context of successfully handling stress? If so, please let me know by leaving a comment.

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