How many times have you gotten angry at yourself for misplacing your keys, being late to meet a friend, or forgetting to pay a bill on time? Being angry at ourselves can be one of the most stressful experiences there is. We are our own worst critic. Trying to change this behavior for the better, even a little bit, can help you feel happier and less stressed. Try some of the following tips to get started.
If you procrastinate, you run the risk of increasing your stress levels without even realizing it. Even though most of us agree that we work best under pressure, the opposite is actually true. Are you actually doing your best when doing it at the last minute? The stress of having the extra pressure on your shoulders from the impending duty that you keep putting off automatically increases your stress level. Rather than procrastinating, complete your work as soon as you receive it in order to reduce your stress level.
Saying “no” more often will actually reduce the stress caused by giving in to things you really didn't want to be obligated to and keep you from having to do them! When you are already pressed for time throughout your day, so saying “no” to offers people make that you are not actually interested in will give you more control and definitely less stress!
When you are stressed at work or in class, hold a stress ball. This will allow you to squeeze something every time you get aggravated to help appease the tension that you feel. Holding onto a stress ball for a good part of the day is a very healthy way to eliminate stress.
Munch on a snack if you are feeling a little overwhelmed. Foods that contain a lot of carbohydrates work to stimulate the release of the feel good brain chemical, serotonin. The release of serotonin helps to induce calm. Some crackers, a bagel, or pretzels should do the trick.
A great tip that can help you keep your stress levels down is to start practicing deep breathing exercises. Deep breathing exercises are a form of mediation and they allow you to feel more relaxed and peaceful. You'll notice your heart rate slowing down and you'll feel much better.
Ahhh…. Who doesn't love a hot bath? Soaking in a bath is a great stress reliever. But, we don't always have time for a hot bath. If you don't have time for a bath, wash your face or even your hands with some hot water and imagine you are soaking your stresses away.
Getting a pet can help you with stress management. Some research has shown that petting animals for even a few moments can greatly reduce stress levels.
As you can see, being kind to yourself really isn't that hard, and it sure feels better than being stressed and angry. Don't underestimate the ill effects of stress on your health. Factor the above tips into your daily habits, and you will be making a very positive investment in your health and your life.