Stress is something that affects everyone at some point and it’s impossible to go through life without having some bad days. You don’t have to allow the stress to take over, but if you feel you are, it’s time to take back control with some convenient tools to handle the everyday stressors that life throws your way. Have a read of the top line tips we recommend for managing stress and remaining positive.
One of the best ways to keep positive each day is to take a step back and think about what you are thankful for. Give thanks for the things that you have. It is easier to turn a stressful day around when you really think about all the wonderful things that you do have. Focusing on what you do have rather then what you don’t will put you in a better position to solve problems on-hand than being in a self-pitying state.
Use your sense of humour
Developing a sense of humour about life's challenges is a great way of coping with stress and allowing your mind to think more positively. I bet you are wondering how can I laugh more in stressful situations? Well, let’s take for example bringing along humour books or comic books to liven up long periods of anxious waiting if you are sitting in your GP or dentist waiting room awaiting on results, a humour book would help dissolve the stress and tension you are feeling.
A sense of humour will help you to build resilience to stress as well as improve your overall physical and emotional health. Simple things like taking a step back, smiling and reading funny books are great ways to find the funny in life and better cope with stress.
During stressful times, conscious breathing helps to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which will help ease tension and put your mind into a more relaxed state. Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body and by incorporating simple breathing exercises into your life daily, it will help you relax, reduce tension and relieve stress. This in turn will combat stress and encourage you to think more positively.
Take time out
When you find yourself in a pressuring situation make time to take breaks or pauses. Pausing throughout the day can prevent stress from building up. Look away from what you were doing, let your shoulders drop, stretch, and allow your mind to calm down.
No matter how stressed you are or how much you must do, if you feel overwhelmed and need a break, do it. Taking a small five to 10-minute regroup session can help you feel more optimistic and refreshed for the rest of the day.
Regular exercise is a great way to reduce levels of body stress hormones and increases your brain’s production of endorphins. Endorphins are the “feel-good” neurotransmitters that give off that sense of well-being and euphoria, which many people experience after exercise. When you exercise, your body also produces serotonin and dopamine, the reward chemicals, all of which have huge positive benefits for the mind and relieve stress.
You don’t need to be a marathon runner or an elite athlete to experience stress relief from exercise. Almost any kind of physical activity can be beneficial, for example; biking, walking, dancing, or playing tennis.
Staying positive is the best way to get through challenging periods of stress and pressure. Try putting these five tips into action to help you have a positive day every day, regardless of the chaos life throws your way.