5 Coping Strategies for Stress and Anxiety in Stress Awareness Month
April is Stress Awareness Month, which means it’s time to take a deep breath and remember that stressing out about stress is just going to stress you out even more. But don’t worry; we’ve got your back. Here are five tips for managing stress and anxiety that are so good you’ll forget you were even stressed in the first place.
Take a bubble bath – and not just any bubble bath; we’re talking bubbles the size of your head. Light some candles, play soothing music and soak in the relaxation. You might even forget you have a mortgage to pay or that your mother-in-law is visiting.
Get moving – and we’re not talking about running a marathon (unless that’s your thing). Just take a walk around the block or do some yoga stretches. Moving your body helps release endorphins, the happy hormones, and that’s just science.
Try a new hobby – knitting, painting, underwater basket weaving, whatever floats your boat. Engaging in a creative activity can help take your mind off the daily grind and give you a sense of accomplishment. And who knows, you might discover you’re the next Picasso.
Talk it out – sometimes, just venting to a friend or family member can do wonders. They might even have some good advice or a funny story to help lift your spirits. Just be sure to return the favor when they need to vent about their boss or cat.
Practice self-care – and no, we don’t mean binge-watching Netflix with a tub of ice cream (although that can be fun too). Self-care can mean different things to different people, but it’s important to take time for yourself, whether that’s taking a long bath, meditating, or just reading a good book. You deserve it!
Remember, stress is a part of life but doesn’t have to consume you. Just take a deep breath and try out one of these coping strategies. And hey, if all else fails, remember that tomorrow is a new day, and there’s always chocolate.