Stress No Be Your Mate: 5 Proven Ways to Manage Everyday Stress

June 10, 2024


Are you feeling like life is one big stress ball? Work pressure, family hustle, even Lagos traffic; all these things can weigh you down and make you feel like you’re constantly on edge. 

You know that feeling, that tightness in your chest, the voice in your head telling you you can’t handle it all. But wait, hold on a minute! There is a way out.

This article is here to help you take control. We’ll show you five easy ways to manage everyday stress, so you can stay calm, collected, and on top of your game. We’re talking about simple things you can do every day to feel better, no long sermons, just practical tips that will help you battle that stress and be your true, relaxed self again. Let’s begin. 

Understanding your Stress Trigger

Hold up! Before we get to the practical ways to help you manage your stress, it is important to understand what triggers it. By understanding the triggers, you can start to manage it more effectively. We all get stressed for different reasons. Maybe it’s that pile of work on your desk, or that upcoming in-law visit. 

The first step to tackling stress is figuring out what exactly triggers it for you. So take a moment to think about what makes your blood pressure rise. Is it money worries? Traffic jams? Or Family drama?

Some Common stress triggers include; 

● Work deadlines 

● Financial strain

● Relationship problems 

● Health Concerns 

● Daily Hassle, and many more 

By recognizing your triggers, you are halfway to beating stress. 

5 Proven Ways To Stop Stress Now

1. Body Move Jo! (Get Active): Engaging in physical exercise can be an effective way to reduce your stress levels. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which are the feel-good chemicals that boost your mood and help you feel more relaxed. Even a short jog or brisk walk can stimulate the production of these hormones and leave you feeling more energized and positive. This natural stress buster can also help you manage your weight, improve your cardiovascular health, and reduce your risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes. So, if you’re feeling stressed or anxious, consider incorporating some physical activity into your daily routine.

2. Talk True (Talk it Out): Suppressing or bottling up emotions can have a negative impact on mental health, leading to heightened stress levels and increased anxiety. It’s essential to share your feelings with someone you trust, be it a close friend, a family member, a therapist, or even a support group. Talking about your problems can help you gain a fresh perspective, find solutions, and relieve the burden you’re carrying. Remember, it’s okay to seek help and support, and you don’t have to go through difficult times alone.

3. Manage Screen Time (Disconnect to Reconnect): Take breaks from social media and electronic devices. Constant connectivity can be draining and contribute to feelings of inadequacy. Disconnect to reconnect with yourself and the world around you. For better stress management, consider swapping social media scrolling for quality real-life connections. Catch up with friends face-to-face, savor the outdoors, or dive into a captivating book. Not only will these activities be more enjoyable, but they can also promote better sleep by reducing nighttime stress and allowing you to unwind before bed.

4. Sleep Well, My People (Get Enough Sleep):Getting enough sleep is crucial to staying calm and focused. Experts recommend getting 7-8 hours of high-quality sleep each night to keep stress levels down. Establishing a relaxing bedtime routine and sticking to it can help you achieve optimal sleep.

5. Celebrate Small Wins (Acknowledge Your Progress):  It is important to acknowledge and celebrate your small victories, even if they seem little. Waiting for big achievements to feel good can make it difficult to stay motivated and focused. By recognizing your progress, no matter how small, you can build momentum and feel a sense of accomplishment along the way. So, take the time to appreciate the small steps you take towards your goals. Celebrate each win, no matter how small, and use it as motivation to keep pushing forward.

Bonus Tip: Try Dey Laugh  (Laughter is Medicine):Laughter is truly the best medicine. Watch a funny comedy, spend time with positive people, or do things that bring you joy. A good laugh can significantly reduce your stress level.

Takeaway,

Remember, you’re not just battling stress, you’re building resilience. By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you’ll be well on your way to becoming the calm, collected, and stress-free you that you deserve. So go forth, combat that stress, and embrace a life filled with peace and fulfilment. You’ve got this! 

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