Stress can wreak havoc on your health and mental stability.
Stress is stressful, what more can you say? But you can form healthy daily habits that can make you more resilient to it.
Give these tips a try.
1. 90-Second Emotion
Here’s a little known secret.
When something happens, your body reacts first. Your body processes it and how you feel about it before you can mentally.
But it only takes 90 seconds for your body to fully process that emotion and let it go. It’s you who attaches to that emotion mentally and keep it around.
So a big way to become more resilient to stress is to allow your body those 90 seconds. It’s much easier to release that emotion once you are no longer feeling it physically.
2. Healthy Outlets
If you still find yourself attached to the emotion, you need to find a healthy way to get it out.
A healthy outlet is something you can do that helps your mind and body process the stress and help you cope. It can be almost anything. But generally, it will be something creative or physical you can do.
Or you can talk to someone and seek counseling. Being able to talk it out can be a very healthy outlet.
A rule of thumb is that it shouldn’t hurt you or anyone else, even in the long run. And if it gives you stress relief, you should give it a try.
Mindfulness got a bad rap a few years ago as just the latest craze of modern hippies.
But it’s actually been around for thousands of years. It’s a great way to reduce anxiety and refocus your mind, particularly if your stress is at the point of anxiety or panic attacks.
It’s a process of making yourself fully present. It does this by making you pay hyper attention to your surroundings. Name five things you can see, four things you can hear, and so on.
It’s really that simple. But when your anxiety is through the roof, just doing that can be difficult. So, effective mindfulness may take practice.
If you’re able to though, you’ll notice your stress coming down. The more you do it, the more resilient to stress you’ll become.
You aren’t alone. Build yourself a support system.
And it doesn’t have to be just friends and family. There are so many people in your community who might be going through the same thing. Support groups could be meeting in your area, and if not, there’s always the internet.
There are thousands of online support groups and wellness helplines. Find which resources would work best for you and keep their contacts with you. You may never need them, but they’re there if you do.
And knowing you have a support system, you’ll feel more confident tackling your stress. The confident you are, the more resilient you’ll become.
Try These Daily Habits
These new daily habits may not solve all of your problems. But they can go a long way in helping you solve them yourself.
Make an appointment with the Center for Health and Wellbeing, and we can help you form these habits!