In today’s current environment it is more important than ever to take care of your mental health. There are many ways that day to day life can impact the quality of your mental health. There are also a range of different ways that you can address and manage these. Which in turn supports your mental health. As well as build a degree of resilience to support yourself. One aspect of your mental health is the level of stress you experience on a day to day basis. Alongside how regularly and consistently you manage that. By building a solid plan to support you and your stress levels, you can significantly reduce your stress levels. And in turn support your overall mental health and wellbeing. Below are some of the essential steps to building a plan that will support you in stress busting.
A Time for Self-Assessment
The first step in the process is giving yourself time to reflect and assess where you are at. Begin to assess how you are feeling day to day, emotionally and physically. Take stock of your day to day situation. What aspects are positive and what aspects would you like to be different or better? Give yourself space and time to reflect and assess where you are currently. Rate (out of ten) the different aspects of your day on a stress basis, which causes the most stress (so say that would get an 8 or 9/10). And which causes the least stress (say 1 or 2/10) and are generally manageable. Initially try to do this on a daily basis, for a week or two. Then you will have a good picture of what things are like for you.
Identify the stressors
Through the process of this regular self-assessment, and the stress ratings, you will have a better picture of what aspects of your day are consistently stressful, and may need addressing. Using this information you then can pinpoint the more stressful aspects of your daily or weekly routine. Once these are identified, work to create some solutions that would help reduce your stress. The important thing here is how you approach dealing with your stress. Rather than see stress as an unsolvable problem, brainstorm, seek possibilities for yourself, seek solutions, keep an open mind, all of these approaches help reduce that feeling of “being stuck” with that stress.
See Solutions not Problems
When feeling stressed, it can be hard sometimes to think clearly for yourself. Stressful feelings can fog your brain. So take a breath, ground yourself, and remind yourself not to get stuck in the problem. Allow yourself to consider all possible solutions. If it helps ask people you trust for some suggestions, to get your ideas flowing.
Get out of your Head
Some times when feeling stressed our brains can go into overdrive, swirling thoughts and problems around in our heads without end. So work to get out of your head. Do something active, Being physically active uses another part of your brain, and can distract you from your thoughts, giving you a much needed break. Check yourself when you recognise you are too much in your head with your thoughts. Focus on something in the present, your breathing, the cup you are holding in your hand, play some music and listen to the lyrics. See what works best for you to take your mind off your swirling thoughts. Remember to get out of your head, when you feel the swirl of stress thinking begin. Get out of your head, get active.
Test out different solutions
Another important aspect of working to tweak your day to day or weekly routine, is to remember to test out a number of different solutions for yourself. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. Things take time to change and become something different. So pace yourself and be patient and compassionate with yourself while you work to create a more supporting and less stressful daily routine.
So to recap on your best steps to bust your stress, take the time to regular assess where you are at, recognise what are your biggest stress triggers, seek solutions to addressing these, get out of your head and do activities that help take your focus to something else, when you then start to test out solutions to reduce your stress, remember be patient, take your time, be compassionate to yourself, remember creating change is a work in progress, and takes time, but it will be worth it in the end.
If it is helpful you can download the free “Stress Busting” Workbook that walks you through the above steps and guides you through each stage of the process to support you to getting to a better place in managing your stress levels and in turn your overall mental health and wellbeing.