Feeling stressed out and can’t focus on what you are doing? Here are some recommendations on dealing with stress.
How To Relieve Stress and Anxiety
1. Fulfill your basic needs
♦ Woke up several times at night to feed your newborn?
♦ Studying late at night for your exams?
♦ Overtime again at your company?
When your body is tired or deprived of sleep, you will be quite stressed out, more often than not.
You can easily deal with this by taking a power nap when you are able to.
Next comes a story of what I did once when I was really dead beat.
Normally I wouldn’t really recommend you doing what I did but at that time, it was extreme for me and extreme situations call for extreme measures.
On that particular day, I was very tired and I was practically asleep and drooling on my desk (at work)!
After much yawning, blinking, even lightly slapping myself, I couldn’t make myself stay awake, so I went to the washroom and took a 10mins nap. Right on the toilet seat! After that I was very much refreshed. 🙂
Have you ever tried that?
Hunger and sleep deprivation also make us short-tempered, so eat and sleep as much as you can. Fulfill those basic needs and you can reduce some of your stress.
2. Engage in creative activities
When we feel overwhelmed by the things we need to do, it can be very stressful just thinking about the tasks ahead of us.
You can deal with this by making a list and then handle the tasks as they come. If after this, you are still worrying about it, then it’s time to give our left brain some rest and let our right brain shine.
Give your left brain a break!
I find that when I am stressed out due to worries and nasty recollections in my thinking, doing something creative helps.
Creative activities to try:
Ever since I saw how beautiful pencil drawings are and how easy it is to just let it go and draw freely, drawing has become my new craze.
Some interesting things to draw:
Special architectural buildings – my personal preference as I find them interesting and easy to outline
Celebrities – you can easily find pictures of them and it feels great if you can do a caricature or a portrait with likeness to your favourite star
Abstract art and become the next Picasso – you have the freedom to express yourself in any way.
You can explore with different materials, even creating art with different body parts like fingers or knuckles.
Random objects like tissue paper, strings, or other odd bits and pieces around your house work fine too.
The key point here is creativity and the freedom to express yourself in any way you like. Just let yourself go!
I used to freak out every time I have to do housework. With an active young boy at home, and looking at the tons of unfinished tasks facing me every day gives me a lot of stress.
That was in the past. Ever since I start to sing everywhere around the house, in the shower, when I’m cooking, doing the dishes, house cleaning, these have become enjoy times for me.
People used to keep diaries, now they write blogs. If you love writing and penning down your thoughts, how about trying to write stories or start a blog?
These are ways to get your creative juices flowing and put some of your worries to rest.
Engaging in creative activities is a nice way of de-stressing.
3. Build things
Working with your hands and building things always give us a sense of accomplishment and achievement.
Seeing something take shape and finally into a completed product is so satisfying.
Here are some suggestions for things to build:
♣ Airplane models:
♣ LEGO – an all time favorite:
Make your own photoframe, cards, magnets, finger puppets, and more, get some ideas here
♣ Build a website
Like my website? Learn how to create one for free here
4. Exercise/ sports
After exercising you will feel happier, that is because our body will release endorphins which are “happy chemicals”, giving you a positive feeling.
Exercises that do not need equipment: yoga, pilates, taichi, jogging, swimming
Exercises to be used with equipment: cycling, ball games or you could try to build a home gym
5. Take up a new hobby
Learning something new engages your mind, so it will focus on the new hobby and reduce your stress level.
It gives your mind something else to think about besides your current worry and you get new knowledge!
Try engaging hobbies like gardening, cooking, dancing, public speaking.
8. Entertainment Time
Go for movies or a night out with friends, check out the local exhibitions or special performances.
Doing something that is not your routine will help reduce the stress level. Our mind needs to be charged from time to time, just like a battery.
Sightseeing will always be a good choice for de-stressing. If you can’t afford the time to go overseas, why not sign up for a local tour? See your city from a different viewpoint and you might find something interesting.
Of course, if you have the leisure to do so, travelling to another country is always fun. Just make sure to do your homework well, and be prepared for your trip.