Stress. Everyone gets it. It's an unfortunate part of life.
Did you know? The average teenager has the same level of anxiety as a psychiatric patient in the 1950s. It's crazy to think that by those standards, we aren't doing more for our young people.
Thirty-nine percent of millennials said their stress levels increased in the past year, which is a higher rate than many of the older generations. Young Americans are also more likely to experience irritability or anger due to stress than older people, and more millennials reported being diagnosed with anxiety or depression than their elders. On top of that, only twenty-three percent think their health care provider supports them a lot or a great deal in their desire to make healthy lifestyle and behavior changes.
If you're someone who has been feeling overwhelmed and stressed out by looking at the list of all of the things you have to do, Here's one that can help you combat it and put your mind at ease.
1. Take a nap
Yes, it really is that simple. Power naps and naps, in general, are great ways to give you that boost of energy you need while letting you wind down.
2. Meditating or doing yoga
Meditation is a great way to calm the mind. Here are some easy meditation techniques for beginners. As for yoga, its the same thing as meditation, just a bit more of a physical aspect to it ( it will also help you get into shape if you are looking to.)
3. Getting off social media/ the internet
Believe it or not, social media is one of the main causes of stress. Constant connection to social media can spread you thin. So the less connected you are, the more relief you will feel (even if it's just for a little while).
Fun Fact! Cuddling with a pet can trigger a physical reaction in the body that allows you to relax and be distracted from what is plaguing your mind.
6. Engage in your interest
Reading, writing, cooking, or whatever it is that you enjoy. Just make sure its something you like to do and do it.
7. Saying no
If all else fails just say no. I know its hard (really I do), but sometimes it can be a good thing.
9. Eating chocolate
Fact: Chocolate has been found to reduce stress and boost overall happiness. Dark chocolate (especially) has been found to improve mood by increasing serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain.
Best paired with the bubble bath idea. Aromatherapy can go a long way in making sure you are relaxed. Scents just make sense. Check out this page for some scent ideas.
12. Go outside
People watch. Enjoy the sunshine. Go for a short walk. Henry David Thoreau once said, "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life…and not, when I came to die, [to] discover that I had not lived." In short, greenery makes it easier to relax.