5 Tips to Manage Stress in 2020
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Stress: We all know it, maybe a little too well. Everyone experiences it… because stress is a part of life. Small levels of stress are normal and unavoidable, but suppressing and ignoring it is not healthy.
And while this year has been off to a difficult start for most people, we should all be looking for ways to reduce stress levels and find areas of relief wherever possible. To help, we have put together some suggestions for stress reduction and to address our mental well-being.
Take time to identify stress and your stressors
You should address the things that are stressing you and take steps to manage them. Start with recognizing the things in your life that cause you to be stressed. Understanding and being okay with the fact that there are some things you can’t change is a step in the right direction.
Find an outlet for stress reduction
So what now? Well, everyone has things they enjoy doing. Make time for yourself when you need it. Sometimes life gets in the way of us taking time to sit back and relax, and we forget about the hobbies that we love. Spend some time doing things that you find yourself saying you wish you had time to do.
Get some fresh air
Spending time outdoors is one of the best ways to reduce stress, and is the perfect go-to when you need a little distraction from all of the chaos. Whether you spend a couple of hours outside or just 20 minutes a day, you will feel better in the end. Go for a walk, or simply just sit on your porch and try not to focus on things that stress you,
Limit your screen time
You know the saying, “ too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.” Staying glued to our cellphones can actually cause more harm than good. Keeping yourself informed should be a priority, but the additional stress and panic in our current news channels can be detrimental to our well-being. It’s a good idea to limit the amount of time you spend online. Spend this extra time reading a book or maybe baking a sweet dessert.
Spend some time with your family
Time with family is incredibly valuable. Bring out your favorite board games or have a movie night at home. Try preparing a meal with your family to sit down and eat together. If you live alone, call a loved one just to check up on them and to say hello. Sometimes just hearing the sound of someone special’s voice is enough to calm you down.
Get ongoing stress reduction tips from others
Since people have unique outlooks and methods of dealing with their stress, we find it can be helpful to seek advice from others when facing your stressors. An outside perspective can give you new ideas for handling stress, or a needed ear to vent to. What are some other ways that we deal with our stress? Follow our blog for more guides and thoughts from our health and well-being experts.