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Healthy ways to cope with stress | Collaboration

Stress is a terrible
thing. It can affect your quality of life in many different ways. Too much
stress, and you can start to exhibit physical symptoms. It can lead to
depression and other
mental
health issues
. Stress can affect your relationships, your performance at work, and
your confidence. Your self-esteem might start to slide as you struggle to sleep
and stop taking care of yourself. All because your
stress
levels have grown out of control
Unfortunately, this
kind of stress is something that many of us experience from time to time. A
little stress is a
typical
part of modern life
, but sometimes it’s more than that. Sometimes we’re so stressed out
that we feel as though we’re sinking. We can’t see a way out, we don’t know
what to do for the best, we feel alone and as though we’ve got no options. This
kind of stress can be suffocating, and it’s all too easy to reach for unhealthy
comforts and crutches to get through. 


When we’re stressed
out, we pick up bad habits. We bottle things up because we’re scared to talk.
We reach for alcohol and comfort food for a quick mood boost, and we take risks
that we usually wouldn’t. Finding healthy ways to cope with your stress can be
a much better idea. Let’s take a look at some options. 
Confront Your Worries

Money is a big worry.
We panic over our debts, we worry about our finances, and we bottle it all up,
convinced that we are alone and have no options. We ignore our worsening
finances in the hope that they will simply improve. 
Confronting them and
talking about them would be a much better option. You usually have more options
than you might think, such as
Buddy Loans, you just have to know who to ask.
And, chances are many of your friends and family members have been in a similar
situation and could offer helpful advice and support. The same goes for other
worries and anxieties. Confront, don’t ignore. 
Change Your Sleep
Habits
When it comes to
stress and sleep, it’s all too easy to get trapped in a vicious circle. When
we’re worried about something, or a little stressed out, we find it hard to
sleep. We spend our nights struggling to fall asleep as we lay there worrying,
and tossing and turning all night if we do nod off. This lack of sleep makes
our stress levels worse. We can’t sleep because we’re stressed out, but we’re
unable to spot solutions to our problems, and our stress levels are rising
because we are tired. We’re trapped. 
Getting a good
night’s sleep is never easy when you are stressed out, but changing your sleep
habits could help a lot. Try getting into a routine.
Go to bed
at the same time every day,
and get up at the same time each morning, even when you don’t need to.
Then, make falling asleep easier by switching off for an hour before bed. Put
your phone down (and leave it in another room overnight) and switch off other
devices. Spend time reading, practicing bedtime yoga, or even meditating before
you get into bed. 
Get Some More
Exercise


Exercise is one of the
best ways to fight stress, working on several different levels. Firstly,
exercise can boost your mood and your confidence. When you exercise, you get
the boost that comes with knowing that you are doing something for yourself to
improve your health and fitness. You’ll also become more confident as you start
to feel fitter and stronger. As well as these confidence boosts, there are the
chemical effects of exercise. As we move our bodies and push ourselves
physically, our brains release adrenaline and
serotonin, both of which can boost our mood and
energy levels. 
The second benefit of
exercise to your stress levels is the opportunity to burn off some negative
energy. It’s the opposite of sitting and worrying about a problem. You are
moving, pushing yourself and working hard, you are giving these worries, and
other negative energies a release. 
Exercise can also
provide a social benefit. If you can get to the gym, join a running or walking
club, or take part in exercise classes, you give yourself a way to meet new
people. Even if you only ever say hello or smile in greeting, you are giving
your social life a welcome boost. Even the act of forcing yourself out of the
house when you don’t really want to can be a significant help.
Talk About It
We’re absolutely terrible
at talking about our problems
. Most of us are stressed out at least some of the time, but we feel
alone because we don’t share our worries and concerns. Make an effort to talk
to friends and family, or even a therapist, and you might find that your
problems suddenly seem much smaller and more manageable. Talking to a Certified NLP Therapist can also help. 
Practise Self-Care

When we’re stressed
out, self-care is often quickly left behind. We stop taking care of ourselves,
which only makes things worse. Practising self-care, and putting yourself first
as much as you can will help. Sometimes, this means making significant changes
to take care of yourself, but sometimes a simple act like a hot bubble bath can
be effective. 
Find a New Outlet
Talking and
exercising aren’t the only outlets for your stress. You might find a creative
hobby, such as drawing or painting, helps you to channel your feelings and
express your emotions. Blogging,
journaling, or other forms of writing could also
help. Try a few different things to find what works for you. 
Maintain a Healthy
Work-Life Balance


How is your work-life balance? If you are stressed out, with no apparent reason, this could be the
problem. Finding and maintaining a healthy work-life balance can help to reduce
your stress levels and give you more time to enjoy the things and people that
you love. Some options that you might have include working from home some of
the time, working more flexible hours, or just learning how to leave w

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