Stress can hit any person and for any number of reasons. It will likely affect everyone at some point in their lives. In today’s fast-moving world, it can be confronted, giving anyone with sources of stress in their lives a more comfortable, healthier day to day.
You may very well be one of the 35 per cent of Australians who have a significant level of stress in their lives, as found by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). When things start to pile up and the mental pressure begins to mount, you’ll want to reduce it as quickly and effectively as possible.
The fact is, whether you’re a tradie, a professional working in the cleaning services sector or the Prime Minister, you’ll have some cause for stress. So, here are three popular ways of easing that burden:
85 per cent of Australians choose to watch television or films to relax – the most popular method for de-stressing.
1) Take time to yourself
Many people find the reset button hard to find, though getting away from stress triggers (and not preoccupying yourself with them once you have that distance) is a sure-fire way to become calmer.
According to the APS, 85 per cent of Australians choose to watch television or films to relax – the most popular method for de-stressing. A further 80 per cent listen to music and let their favourite artists take them into another world, while 75 per cent do that by reading a book.
If you feel under the pressure, try taking a little time away from things after a hard day; it might be your go-to solution for reducing your mental strain.
2) Exercise and sleep
When stress hits, some people find the hardest thing to do is to get up and exercise. However, it could be just what the body needs, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).
Exercising produces chemicals called endorphins, which act as natural pick-me-ups. Just how mental burdens can impact the body, being good to the body can work wonders for the mind. Not only does it improve overall health when mental stress threatens to damage it, a short workout can help you sleep at night, too.
“Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilise mood, improve sleep and improve self-esteem”, the ADAA explains.
“About five minutes of aerobic exercise can begin to stimulate anti-anxiety effects.”
3) Spend time with others
Despite the wonders of relaxing alone with a good book, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to manage stress on your own. If you work, say, as a corporate concierge, you’ll spend your life meeting people, but you should also make time for those who know you best.
Spending time with friends and family members is something 81 per cent of Aussies do to calm down, the APS found, and could help you to shed some of the stress that’s holding you back.
Think of it less as sharing a burden and more finding the encouragement to leave all of that stress behind.