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Healthier Strategies for Coping with Stress

Try These Healthy Strategies for Coping with Stress

Stress is a natural feeling and it is something that we can all experience at different times in our life. It is a reaction to what is going on around you, especially if you are feeling nervous or threatened. If you don’t learn about coping with stress through healthy means, it can have a negative impact on your life, leading to things like high blood pressure and other health-related issues. Failing to recognize stress can impact relationships as well. Those suffering from stress often take it out on their loved ones, as the symptoms of stress can be both physical and emotional. 

As much as it would be nice to never feel stressed, anxiety is inevitable at some points in our life. It is all about choosing to react in a healthier way. If you want to improve your reaction to stress, The following are some healthy strategies for coping with stress.

Embrace self-care

Looking after yourself is one thing, but self-care really is something else. When you look after yourself in a healthy way, then you will be making sure that you are eating well, in order to have the energy that you need. If you are looking after yourself in a healthy way, then you will put plans in place to get a good night’s sleep and to give yourself the breaks that you need when you are feeling particularly stressed. Time out to do your own thing can be just what you need, whether that is time to read, time to exercise, time for a hobby, or time to go for a walk, it can all make a difference. 

Talk to other people

If it isn’t obvious to others why you are feeling stressed, and often it isn’t, then talking to other people can make all the difference in your stress levels. Sharing the things that are causing the stress with your friends, family or even a therapist can help lighten the load. Getting an outside perspective or input from someone who understands to help people who are having difficulties coping with stress may just give you the support you need to to find peace. Talking to others is also a good way to stop thinking about the things that you are obsessing about in a negative way.

Make healthy choices

If you want to feel less stressed, then adding in a cocktail or drugs and alcohol isn’t going to help at all. They may act like a bit of a band-aid, offering temporary relief, but they can create more problems for you down the line. Plus, it doesn’t deal with the stress itself and only masks it.Instead, make some healthy choices when it comes to coping. This could be making sure that you have time out to exercise or take a walk, use of CBD products, choosing healthy foods, or even getting something like a massage. Even taking a break from watching the news, if that adds to your stress, can be just what you need. 

If you feel like you need more help than this, then it is important to recognize it. If the stress isn’t getting any easier then it is important to speak to a medical professional. 

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Annette Benedetti
Annette Benedetti
Annette is a writer, editor and photographer from Portland, OR. Her work appears in a variety of publications including Bust, Red Tricycle, Motherly and Domino. When she’s away from her desk she can be found teaching women yoga at wilderness retreats, exploring new cities across the states and hiking the trails at Mt. Rainier—one of her favorite places on earth.