How to Manage Stress

Stress. It’s something that everyone goes through at some point in time. Whether it’s about a big test, work, school or even friends, it’s inevitable. Finding ways to cope with stress can be pretty hard. Sometimes it just so happens that by trying to manage your stress, you end up stressing yourself out even more. Here are some helpful tips and ideas that will hopefully allow you to manage your stress easier and in a better way.

#1: Keep a Planner

A task that seems so simple and mindless, yet people often forget about it. Keeping a planner can do wonders to relieve any stress you have that is work or school related. When you keep a planner, you’re able to write down all the things you have to do and see the times you have to do them by. Seeing a visual representation of your tasks in front of you can help to keep you focused and organized. You can also check off the things you’ve finished and that can be a great feeling.

#2: Meditate

Some people may think this tip seems silly, and at first it might feel that way, but it really is helpful. Taking a few minutes out of your day for yourself can be very beneficial. Setting a specific time for yourself to meditate and just sit and think can be a big way to help relieve stress. There are even meditating apps you can download to help if you need it. Some of these apps include: “Headspace,” “The Mindfulness App” and “Calm.”

#3: Listen to Music

This is a tip that I’m sure most people have done before. Listening to music at any time is good, but can be even better for you when you’re stressed. Kicking back and listening to your favorite jams can calm you down and make you feel better when you’re very overwhelmed. Also, putting on your favorite playlist for background music when you’re working can get you motivated as well.

#4: Exercise

Exercising is beneficial in multiple ways. It is a good idea to put exercising into your weekly schedule because it helps with managing and reducing stress. Exercising produces endorphins, which make you feel good, and that can also help you sleep soundly at night. It’s a quick way to escape your problems for a small amount of time.

#5; Attempt to Sleep More

Changing a sleep schedule can be challenging, and for some people, impossible. Between work and other demands of life, sleep does not get prioritized. Not getting the amount of sleep needed can be detrimental and cause issues such as stress and lack of  productiveness. If you are able to sleep for a reasonable amount of time, it is important to do so. Put technology and other distractions down and get the rest that is needed.

#6:Stop Procrastinating

Starting your work at the last minute typically causes large amounts of stress and can cause the quality of your work to diminish. Getting your tasks done when they are first presented is important and can be beneficial in the long run. This prevents build up of work which will lead to stress. Remember, waiting till the last minute is never a good idea.   

Stress is inevitable but can be preventable and manageable. There are a handful of ways to relieve and manage it. Even finding personal ways to relieve stress can also be helpful. Learning to manage your stress early on can help you to feel better in the long run.