Best way to handle Stress : Stress Management 101

Stress we all have experienced stress at one point of our lives. Stress can be a good thing if used as a sudden burst to get things done but if it gets out hand or the stress keeps building up without an outlet it would lead to health issues and anxiety. As we grow older, stress tends to build up due to work exhaustion, financial commitments, raising the kids having less time for ourselves. During our younger years stress just comes and go may it be from the upcoming exams, a pile of assignments, school projects and other social activities though they do pile up our younger self can handle stress and just shrug it off and go on living carefree. Why? Because there are less responsibilities when we are young, we are also much active and have a good balance of life to work (or school), fun social interaction and activities, we also eat and drink anything we want and have much time to do crazy stuff.

But what if we can bring that die hard, no surrender mindset to our current older selves. It’s hard to maintain a carefree lifestyle of you have kids and a family that depends on you. But it’s also harder if you’re almost on the verge of a breakdown.

You can still regain that carefree stress free lifestyle but still have to tailor fit it to your current lifestyle.

Stress Management
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Focus on yourself

Once in a while, you really have to focus on yourself, find a time when you are alone (Since I’m a late riser, I do my “me time” at night when everyone’s asleep) and just think of yourself and your life priorities aside from thinking of what to do, I plan my day, though things may not go as planned the next day and that may lead to more stress but having a multiple plans and scenarios set for the day ahead calms me, it helps me be in control (even if most of the time, I’m not).

My “me time” or my alone time helps me recharge my batteries, helps me focus more on what I want and what I need. Even if things go wrong the next day, I still have a time for myself later that day, where I can remember all the details that happened may it be good or bad and look at it a different angle. If you do it that way you can remember simple details you may have missed because of the emotion tied to it. Looking at it from a different angle reveals the funny side of something that made us angry or sad earlier.

Plan a day for yourself

Go ahead and plan the most awesome day for yourself even if it’s just for a couple of hours this can help you forget about your worries, think, why do women go on a shopping spree or go to the salon to get their nails or hair done or to the gym for a quick workout? That’s because it’s their form of stress release, feeling good about yourself helps manage the stress and anxiety. Though I definitely won’t suggest a shopping spree, it could be a simple as playing a video game or the newest gadget or upgrades to your gaming pc. I mostly game when I have free time so for me checking out gaming peripheral reviews are my stress managing weapon. I also like to DIY stuff so planning a weekend project calms me down.

Exercise is good

Breathing exercises help a lot you can also read our article on the best exercises to start your day right. Nothing can go wrong with exercising, the benefits are great plus helps your body produce that feel good hormones for countering the stress buildup. Don’t be afraid to go out breathe the fresh air, to sweat, to get tired physically. If you are tired physically it helps take your mind off the things that make you worry. Exercising helps you sleep better rather than being tired mentally while your body is still awake.

Have fun

Always remember, have fun! What is fun for me may not work for you, so plan a time where you can do all the things you love, talk to your family and friends you need their support. Having a me time as well as a family fun day. Really helps manage stress.

Best exercises to start your day right

These are the best exercises to start your day right, these may not be a full list of what you can in a day but are tips to help you feel fresh and living healthier. Mornings can be a chore but if you start it right the whole day is pretty easy.

  • Yoga

First of all, Yoga and stretching exercises are a great way of starting your day right. A quick 30-minute yoga session can work wonders for the rest of your day. It’s also good to follow up with another Yoga session once you come home from work. There are different types of Yoga to suit your needs for better results it’s best to start with an easier level once you get used to the routine step it up a notch by going to a more challenging exercise. From there you can customize your workout session by mix and matching gentle and challenging poses for added difficulty and a more fulfilling morning routine.

Best Exercises to start your day right!
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Benefits of Yoga

According to WebMD, the health benefits of Yoga are the following better flexibility and strength, it’s good for the heart, it helps you relax and manage stress.

I would suggest taking a few yoga classes before doing your own yoga sessions at home so you understand the dynamics of the workout. There are a lot of online resources and books that you can follow at the comfort of your home, better weigh in your options also to help get you started on your Yoga journey you can start here: https://www.yogajournal.com/

  • Running/Brisk Walking

Running/Jogging/Brisk walking or whatever you want to call it is, in my opinion, the most basic form of exercise don’t let the term “basic”  fool you. Running is a fun and enjoyable exercise you can do every day without the need for an expensive outfit or gear, a quick 1-mile run, a run around the block, a 30-minute run or a brisk walk can set the tone for the rest of your day. Maintaining a daily scheduled running session can lead to a more fit and healthier you.

Benefits of Running/Brisk Walking

You can get an awesome workout and a feel-good vibe after a quick run. If you stay with your running regiment. Running improves your health as the increase in air intake and blood circulation improves lung function and boosts the immune system. You can lose weight and also helps relieve stress. Running is a confidence booster and helps with fighting depression. Running though a simple exercise has a lot of benefits to your body.

  • Cycling / Biking

I enjoy biking in the mornings before I start work, it helps sets the tone for the rest of my day, may it be work or play. Biking improved my mood, my appetite and helped with my stress. I started taking 1-hour bike rides the distance I achieved is 8km (roughly 5 mi). I set a goal for how far I can go for an hour of bike riding. After a week I targeted 12km but still maintaining my 1 hour goal. Of course I had to amp up my speed because I never increased my ride duration. At first, it was pretty hard to achieve as I get tired easily but with patience and dedication, I’m now at my 25km goal.

Biking, A mode of transportation to a practical exercise and alternative means of going to work.
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Benefits of Cycling/Biking

From weight loss to better leg muscles, Biking has a lot of benefits to the body and mind and also your well being it can improve your navigational skills, better lung health, and an awesome sex life.  If you ride your bike to work, then you are also helping the environment by lessening your car ride, gas consumption, and parking space.

  • Calisthenics/Breathing Exercises

Breathing techniques are well known for stress release but it also improves the lungs in preparation for the activities I’ve stated above. Without a basic foundation of breathing properly, you won’t be able to last long on your daily morning activity as well as the rest of the day. Add in calisthenics which can be done with minimal or no equipment to target certain muscle groups, want to target your flabby arms then start with a simple achievable goal and stick to it until you get results.

A daily morning workout of pushups, planks, and crunches will evolve to a superhuman workout better than weightlifting. Here’s a beginners guide to calisthenics it’s not as hard as you think, you may have already been doing this every morning but have forgotten all about it because of your hectic lifestyle. It’s time to step back, relax and enjoy life.

Benefits of Calisthenics

The benefits are strength, flexibility, and endurance without the heavy bulk weightlifting gives us though it does help with weightlifting as you have more strength. Calisthenics can be done practically anywhere, anytime. Here are more benefits of calisthenics, be sure to read up to get you started.

 

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