When you’re stressed, your breathing rate increases and become shallower. Taking control of your breathing is an immediate way of changing how we feel. Taking slow deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth has been shown by research to activate our parasympathetic nervous system (our body’s rest and digest system). This creates immediate physiological change which you can implement, as well as taking your attention away from a racing mind.
Whether it’s running, going to a gym, doing a yoga flow. Physical movement has been shown by research to be incredibly beneficial to health both in the short term and long term. If you feel overwhelmed, just going outside for a quick 20-minute walk can dramatically impact your mood. Try different activities and find one you enjoy love, and try to implement it into your life long-term. Being physically healthy has tremendous effects on our mental wellbeing as well. Find a way to make it work for you! Don’t be afraid to try new things.
3. Speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust
Often when we feel stressed, it can fell overwhelming and isolating. The truth is so many people feel this way. Don’t be afraid of speaking to the people close to you about your feelings. Sometimes, a specific event such as a work deadline can be stressful, other times it can just be living in this modern life. You don’t need to explain your feelings, they aren’t right or wrong things. Just by expressing how you feel can be extremely liberating, even if the other person is listening.
4. Practise mindfulness
You don’t have to all of a sudden become a professional yogi and meditate for an hour a day to get the benefit of mindfulness. In fact, we can practise mindfulness where ever, whenever. It may be sitting still and focusing on your breath or finding an activity which you find calming. If could be drawing, sewing, baking or cleaning.
The point is becoming aware of your mind and not resisting it. You know that constant inner chatter that going on in the background. Next time, become aware of that constant thinking and say to yourself, ‘ah that’s my thinking mind, it’s not me.’
5.Seek out a professional
Even though there are many self-help things out there on the internet. Sometimes, our problem can be more than that. If you suspect that your stress or mental wellbeing is something more serious, or you have had people close to you being worried. Then definitely seek out professional help. There is no shame in your feelings, and professional workers such as doctors or therapists are trained to help.