Coping with Stress: Strategies to Help

In order to take care of our health and wellbeing overall; we need to look at several different aspects of our life. It can all be very well hitting the gym to do some weights or taking yourself out for a run every day. But there are other aspects to think about with our health too. One aspect is nutrition. It can be easy to think about going out to exercise, but it is no good if then you just go back home and eat an entire chocolate cake. You might look fit on the outside, but it can mean that you’re unhealthy on the inside. But the main point that I’m going to touch on today is mental wellbeing and stress. The two can be very closely related, so it is important to understand, and then look at ways to cope.

Find Your Trigger

If you feel like you are constantly battling with your stress levels, then it is time to think about what your triggers are. Is it that you feel stressed out by your family situation or with all of the work you have to do? Combined with the normal stresses of everyday life, it could become too much for you. If you can identify what your trigger is, then you look at how to eliminate that from your life. If you feel like you never have time to yourself after a busy day at work, and then you come home to a messy home with lots of chores to do; it can overwhelm. An example of how to cope in this case could be to arrange a babysitter on certain days if needed, so that you can have some time alone or to exercise. It could be that you could get a cleaner; so at least the stress of chores on top of a busy schedule is eliminated.

Find Healthy Ways To Cope

As stress and mental health are so closely linked; it is important to look at how to cope with things that won’t make either of those things worse. It can be easy to just get into a downward spiral, perhaps self-medicating with alcohol or even just food. The issue with either is that they can both have such a detrimental effect on your stress and mental health; as well as physical health. If you have found that this kind of self-medicating has become a problem for you, then you might need to look into alcohol rehab with good reputations to get yourself back on track. Looking for healthier ways to cope is the best to avoid this; so that you can improve and help yourself; not make things worse. It could be exercise or it could be meditation. It might just be reading a book. Just find something that will help, rather than hinder.

Make an Action Plan

You have to sit down and make a plan of action when it comes to your stress levels and mental health. Think about situations that you need to avoid, or what to do if you find yourself getting really stressed out. When you plan ahead, it makes a massive difference.

Ally Gonzales is the creator of RunningSoleGirl. The go-to place for everything healthy lifestyle and conditioning for running. She’s a runner, speaks a total of five languages, and is a soon-to-be college freshman majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.
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