Many if not all of us face challenges on a day-to-day basis that can trigger stress responses. These include feeling overwhelmed, anxious, nervous and uncertain... we’ve all been there and it’s definitely no fun.
At MANOLA, we aim to encourage a stress-free environment, where our priority is that you, your body and your mental health go first. We believe that learning healthy ways to cope with feelings of stress helps reduce the symptoms that arise from it. In this article, we have come up with 5 tips to help you better manage the feeling of stress and stressful situations.
1.Put the problem in perspective
Feeling stressed is only natural, but we encourage you to take a step back and ask yourself: Will this matter in 1 year? How about in 5? The answer is most probably no. When in an overwhelming situation, thinking beyond this moment in time is not only hard but also frustrating. Practicing this basic exercise can help you understand that difficult situations are temporary and will eventually pass. There is always light at the end of the tunnel so keep going and we promise you that sooner or later you will get there :)
2.Give yourself breaks
Treat yourself to at least one relaxing activity each day! Whether it’s for a long walk around your favourite park, an hour of reading whilst drinking your afternoon coffee or spoiling yourself with a relaxing massage, do something each day that your future self will thank you for. Designating a certain amount of time for breaks to enjoy your personal pleasures is important for both preventing and managing stress.
3.Talk things out
Don’t keep things in and don’t be scared to reach out for help. Talk to people you trust such as your family, friends or even a professional. You don’t necessarily need to be looking for certain advice - sometimes getting your feelings out feels just as good! PSA - If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed and have no one else to talk to, reach out to us via our Instagram (@ateliermanola) we’d love to help out :)
4.Journal & Meditate
Expressing your feelings on paper can make stress feel more manageable. Journaling provides clarity in the midst of what may seem like absolute chaos in your mind and we highly recommend it as a stress-management tool. Meditation can also relieve stress symptoms by helping you accept that certain things are beyond your control. Through mediation, you might ask yourself questions such as: What is the worst that can happen? How likely is this stressful situation to happen? What can I do to change this right now? This encourages you to focus your attention and better process thoughts that may be crowding your mind - providing mental tranquility.
A healthy mind needs a healthy body. Having an active routine and consistent exercise schedule is a great way to burn off anxious energy! Plus, it feeds your feel-good neurotransmitters called endorphins, allowing less space for negative thoughts.