Do you find yourself stressing out on the daily? Well, you’re not alone. According to Facebook IQ, most of us either lose sleep at night (44%) or overeat (38%) from stress. But no need to worry about this too! The first step to changing is actually accepting that it needs to happen.
So, let’s keep calm and try these unique outlets for stress management!
1Colouring + Crafting
Who said colouring was just for the kids? Over the past few years, adult colouring books have been on the rise because of their ability to reduce anxiety and stress. Helping your brain achieve a meditative state and helping you focus on the present moment (instead of all the things causing you stress!) are just some of the benefits of colouring for adults.
Interested? Check out this list of some of the best adult colouring books out there.
Mindfulness is something that you can practice anytime and anywhere… and it’s free. But mindfulness doesn’t just have to be meditation. Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is a practice that involves tensing and relaxing all the major muscle groups in your body. You typically go in order from head to toe. Doing this helps you stay in tune with your body and release tension (psychological and physical!).
Check out this beginner’s guide on how to get started with PMR.
Sex is good for stress management for a number of reasons, including: the physical workout it brings, the release of endorphins (hormones in your body known to improve mood), and the sense of social connection. So, while libido is known to decrease during times of stress, it turns out that purposing to get under the sheets with your S.O. can actually help you manage these emotions.
For more information on the stress-sex connection, see what Very Well Mind magazine has to say.
4Stretch It Out
Most of us know that yoga is an emotional, physical and spiritual practice. But did you know that studies have shown that a regular yoga practice lowers cortisol (the “stress hormone”) levels and blood pressure, and increases serotonin and endorphin production? And there’s no need to join a class to get started. There are several beginner videos on YouTube to test out for free. We like Yoga with Adriene.
For more benefits of yoga, check out this post.
Stress can affect our eating in a bunch of ways, but typically we either stress eat a bunch of unhealthy foods or we stop eating altogether. Neither of these are the best things for us. Plus, research shows that what you eat (or don’t eat) also affect your mood and stress levels. How does food affect stress levels? The simple version: stress negatively impacts our blood pressure and our blood flow. The nutrients in healthy foods are known to improve blood flow in our bodies, including the blood flow to our brain.
Check out this list of anti-stress foods for you to try out!
6Talk About It
Rethink Young Women’s Network (RYWN) is a great place for women with breast cancer to escape the haters and the other negative voices in their lives, while connecting with other women who understand and know what they are going through. If you’re a young woman experiencing breast cancer, this kind of community and social connection can help you talk about how you’re feeling and what you’re going through in a safe space… two of the best ways to reduce stress!
Find out more about RWYN and how to get involved here!