It is hard to be happy when you are stressed. I do not have to tell you that. I am sure you have experienced it yourself. Think back on high stress situations like missing a flight to go on holiday, or when you were planning your wedding and things got overwhelming and started to fall apart. Hopefully, you were able to recover and enjoy your time away or your wedding day, but chances are that you were not too happy while you were stressed out. Stress sucks the happiness and joy right out of us.
It only make sense then that one way to increase our happiness and our quality of life is to distress. Not only is it good for our soul, it is also good for our overall health and wellbeing to reduce the stress in our lives. Here are some simple things you can do to distress.
Get Enough Sleep
A straightforward way to stress less is to make sure you get a good seven to eight hours of sleep at night. When we do not sleep well, and do not sleep enough, our bodies are in a constant state of stress, trying to make up for the lack of sleep. Sleep helps us relax and gives our mind time to process everything that has been happening. Stop burning the midnight oil and get some sleep. You will get more done when you are fresh and rested and you will be less stressed out.
Move Around And Get Some Exercise
Without doubt, the best stress reliever is exercise. Start moving around and burn that stress right out of your system. If you can get outside to workout, even better. The fresh air and sunshine will do wonders. Go for a run, or even just a short walk whenever you are feeling stressed. For best results, work out regularly.
Take Some “Me” Time
There are times in our lives when we must spend a lot of focus and attention on others. Maybe you are raising a toddler, or you are working hard to get a new company off the ground. At busy times like these that take a lot of our attention and time, it is easy to forget about ourselves, or put our own personal needs last. Make an effort to spend at least a little bit of “me” time each day. It does not have to be much. Even ten minutes spent relaxing and doing something completely selfish can be a fantastic way to decompress and distress.
Let us wrap this up with one last technique that can keep stress at bay. Try meditating. Again, you do not have to spend a lot of time on this. Sitting quietly going through a guided meditation once a day can do wonders. Once you get in the habit of practicing meditation daily, and get better at it, you can draw on the techniques you have learned whenever you encounter a particularly stressful situation. You can spend a minute or two in meditation, even at the most stressful time and allow your mind to relax. Trust me, this will come in very handy when life throws you a curveball, or when you are feeling completely overwhelmed.