Staying Well in Stressful Times
Life’s challenges are stressful. Stress can interfere with sleep, cause mood swings, and even reduce your body’s ability to fight off common things like colds and flu. It can make conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, and chronic pain much more difficult to control, and it can make positive lifestyle changes like smoking cessation, eating right, and exercising much more difficult to make.
There isn’t a good way to completely eliminate stress, but here are some things you can do to make daily stressors a little easier to deal with.
Set aside “me” time.
You can’t take care of others until you take care of yourself. Don’t feel guilty about carving out a little time each day to do something restful and relaxing.
Try not to overschedule.
When things get insanely busy, take a moment to sit down and look at your schedule. Do the things that must be done now. Less critical things can wait. Get enough sleep so you can function at your best.
Regular exercise is a mood elevator and stress reliever.
Of course it’s hard to find the time to exercise, but you won’t regret putting physical activity into your daily routine. It will make you feel better.
Talk to someone when things get bad.
Share the rough times. Ask for help and advice. You might be surprised by the support you’ll get from friends and family. Don’t ignore problems and hope they’ll go away. Talking about them will help you feel better, and who knows, you might find a way to solve them.