As 2019 approaches, it’s time to say goodbye to the past year and embrace the new one. A new year means new opportunities and more potential success, but it also means new problems and new stressors as well.
Here are 5 stress management tips that can help you handle what 2019 has to offer.
Remove Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms
Removing unhealthy stress management coping mechanisms is just as important as developing healthy ones. Many people turn to food, alcohol or even drugs when they feel stressed about their life situations. Unfortunately, these mechanisms often only serve to make matters worse. Take the time to identify and remove unhealthy coping mechanisms and replace them with healthy ones.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is very important for stress management. Sleep deprivation can cause individuals to be:
- Less productive
- More emotional
- More reactive to stressors
Making sure to get 8 hours of sleep every night is a great way to manage your holiday stress.
Take Up a New Hobby
It’s important to keep learning and doing things you enjoy as you get older. Taking up a new hobby will not only help you learn something new but also will supply you with mental stimulation and help you manage your stress. A hobby may also supply you with eustress, which is a positive form of stress that helps you feel vital and alive.
Exercise brings many benefits, including a means of stress management. Swimming, dancing or even going on a short run are all good ways to manage stress and lift your spirits. Committing to a long-term exercise regimen is even better, as that will bring even more health benefits.
Talk to Someone
Everyone goes through periods where they are overwhelmed by life. When these times come, it’s important to have someone to talk to. Let those close to you know how they can help and make your burdens easier.
If you need professional help, do not hesitate to talk to a therapist or physician.
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