Stressed out? Reader wants to help you!

Hey, everybody! Reader here.

Let’s face it. We all deal with stress in one way or another.

Maybe we’re struggling to make ends meet. Maybe it’s work related. Perhaps there are relationship struggles, or we’re having a tough time with school work.

We all deal with it in different ways. Sometimes, we’re successful. Sometimes, we inadvertently let the mask slip a bit, and stress is released in unhealthy ways.

It can happen to any of us.

What I want to know is, how do you deal with stress?

I like to get active, and get those endorphins flowing, to help me get into a positive frame of mind!

Stress can take a toll on our mental and physical well-being, and generally, that effect is not for the better.

But the good news is that there are ways to manage and reduce stress in our lives. I did a little digging, and here are some of the best ways to ease those stress levels:

Exercise: As I mentioned, getting physical is a great way to relieve stress and improve your mood. Whether it’s going for a run, practising yoga, or simply hitting the gym to pump a little iron, exercise can help release endorphins – those “feel-good” hormones. Plus, regular exercise can help improve your overall health, both physically and mentally. And who couldn’t use that?

FYI, thanks to Aspira Yorkton Crossing, you can use the walking tracks at the Gallagher Centre Flexihall and Gloria Hayden Community Centre absolutely free through the end of April!

Practice mindfulness and meditation: Mindfulness and meditation are powerful tools to manage stress and help you to relax. By focusing on the present moment and practicing deep breathing exercises, you can calm your mind and reduce feelings of anxiety. Regular meditation can also help improve your mood and increase feelings of well-being.

Get enough sleep: A lack of sleep can contribute to stress and make it harder for you to cope with life’s challenges. Make sure you’re getting enough rest each night by establishing a bedtime routine and creating a sleep-friendly environment in your bedroom. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to help reduce stress and improve your overall well-being. This is where I struggle a lot. My sleep pattern is not the best. I tend to hate getting up super-early, and I don’t going to bed super-early. I tend to sleep for a few hours in the afternoon, and for a few hours at night, rather than getting eight hours of solid sleep a night. Maybe that’s something I need to work on!

Connect with others: Social support is crucial for managing stress and maintaining a healthy mindset. Reach out to friends, family, or a professional therapist for support when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Talking about your feelings and experiences can help you gain perspective and find solutions to your problems. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Speaking from my own experience, asking for help can be very difficult, but when you finally do, it’s so worth it!

Take breaks and prioritize self-care: It’s important to give yourself permission to take breaks and prioritize self-care in your daily routine. Whether it’s reading a book, taking a bath, or going for a walk in nature, make time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Remember that taking care of yourself is not selfish – it’s essential for managing stress and maintaining your overall well-being. My favourite thing is to kick back, turn up some music, and just chill. I can find music for any mood, and after a while, I’m singing and dancing around my apartment, and it never fails to make me feel better!

Sometimes, I just grab my official Saskatoon Blades stress ball, and squeeze it with all I’ve got. I’ve also got a Slinky in my desk drawer!

Hopefully, some of these tips can help you to effectively manage stress and improve your quality of life.

Remember that it’s okay to seek help when you need it and to prioritize your mental and physical health.

Take care of yourself and remember that you’ve got this – you’re capable of beating stress and finding peace in your life.

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