Are you feeling overwhelmed and anxious all the time? Whether you work for a large corporation or work for yourself, things can become a bit much every so often. Even simple tasks can become daunting when you're at your physical and mental limits. There are all sorts of tricks that can help you alleviate your stress. However, these are more for general anxiety.
While taking a few deep breaths or going for a walk can help, they're only quick fixes. To truly treat stress, you need to find out what is causing it. By doing so, you can find more lasting solutions to help prevent it in the future.
One thing that might be stressing you out is your diet. While stress eating might feel good in the moment, it can have massively negative effects on not only your physical health, but mental well-being as well. Strong coffee might make you more productive, but it can mess with your mood.
Cutting fast food out of your diet is a no-brainer. But to help deal with anxiety and stress, try cutting out as much sugar as possible. Like coffee, it will give you a rush but mess with your emotions. Sugar is much worse for you than you realize, as its effect was hidden for decades through nefarious means.
Being stressed out can lead to you gaining weight. Gaining weight in turn can lead to you being stressed out. It's a vicious cycle that can make you feel worse and worse. It's easy to feel like we're stuck and have no way of breaking out.
As mentioned before, changing your diet can help with this. Couple that with exercise for added benefits. Not only will it help with your physical health, but when you exercise your body releases endorphins which make you feel happy. It's easy to just say, "Go and exercise more." It will be work, but there are tricks to help motivate yourself into doing so.
Being human is stressful in and of itself. Besides work, you have to manage relationships, keep track of finances, find enough time for leisure, etc., etc. etc. Your mind can easily get overworked and you must give it time to rest.
As mentioned earlier, taking a few deep breaths can help calm you down in the moment. Meditation is a useful practice to help calm you down overall. It centers around clearing your mind and focusing on your breathing, learning to live in the present moment. By doing so, it pushes back the stress of wondering what will come next.
Besides the stress of everyday life, there's also so much technology coming at us. We're all addicted to social media, our phones and computers. While it's wonderful to have so much information available to us, our brains aren't fully equipped to handle it.
How can you best deal with the over-abundance of technology? Unplug every now and then, and avoid taking in too much before bed. Being overstimulated at night can cause you to lose sleep, which only further adds to your stress levels.
There's little in life more stressful than taxes. Hell, besides death we say it's the only thing that's unavoidable in life. While we know when it's coming every year, it never seems to get any easier.
The best way to get through tax season is to prepare for it. While technology can lead to stress, it can also help with it. Use it to your advantage. There are many apps out there that can help keep you organized throughout the year with your finances and taxes, so when it comes time to file, it's already prepared.
Keeping your tax information organized can greatly reduce anxiety in your life once a year. However, that's difficult as many of us are naturally disorganized. Clutter can build up, important items become hard to find and our lives feel in general disarray year-round.
There are many ways to help keep yourself organized. Use as many of them as possible. Having a sense of control over your space can help you feel like you have more control over your own life. And while spontaneity can be wonderful, having a plan will help ease your nerves.
Lastly, don't be afraid to take a break. While it feels like you have to keep moving and grinding, understand you have your limitations. You must rest every now and then. Don't be afraid of how it will affect your work, as you will actually be more productive this way. Practice self-care as often as you need it.