The Top 5 Ways to Manage Stress

It’s finally Spring Break! I can’t tell you how excited I am to relax and SLEEP! I’ll still have some homework and studying to do, but you better believe I’m going to take some me time. It’s a little reward, since my double major in Health Science and Psychology got approved this week 🙂 For Spring Break, my mom is actually coming to Tampa to go to her first lightning game, so that’s exciting. I just got off the phone with her, and she was trying to bring a hat, gloves, and a scarf to the game. I told her she can, but she’ll stand out like a sore thumb and I probably won’t sit next to her 🙂 After that, we’re off to Sarasota for a couple days to explore, get massages, and just chill before heading back to Melbourne. My Dad’s in Thailand for work, so he won’t be joining us…poor him haha.

As promised, today’s post focuses on 5 research-backed ways to manage stress. These are for you, but they are also for me because I need to remind myself to take me time. So whether this weekend is the start or end of your Spring Break, use these 5 tips to help you get the most out of your days. Remember, find what works for you and make that part of your routine because that’s the best way to stick to it! So without further adieu, here they are…

  1. Rest, Relax, and Renew
    • Take some time for yourself.
    • Do your favorite activity.
    • Treat yourself!
  2. Have a Sense of Humor
    • Laugh at yourself.
    • Don’t take things so seriously.
    • Smile!
  3. Find Joy in Positive Events
    • Bask in the glory of your achievements!
    • Pat yourself on the back every once in a while.
    • Appreciate when everything is going well.
  4. Find your Purpose
    • Explore new possibilities.
    • Try new things.
    • Do what you’re passionate about!
  5. Be Religious/Have Support
    • Confide in family or faith when the going gets tough.
    • Talk about or write down your problems, don’t hold them in.
    • Have an action plan for when you get stressed.

All in all, the more time you take for yourself and the more support you have the better you’ll be at managing your stress. Even more, simply having a positive outlook and remembering to laugh every once in a while can really help.

For me, the most effective tools are relaxing and having support, as they help me rejuvenate after a long bout of stress. I really want to work on having a positive outlook and remembering to laugh, too. Remember my smile experiment and how well it worked? It made other people happy, and I was even a little more cheerful by the end. So, I think I need to get back on that!

Remember, there’s no better time than the present to start taking care of your whole self…mental and physical. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Without it, you won’t be able to conquer your days.

 

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2 thoughts on “The Top 5 Ways to Manage Stress

  1. I would add one more…go to the “classroom of silence”, as Matthew Kelly says! When you honestly find it, you can truly listen to what is worth listening to…leading to happiness – forgetting stress. My favorite tactic since about 15yrs when a good friend introduced me to this awesome strategy!

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