5 easy stress-management tips and tricks to take care of yourself

5 easy stress-management tips and tricks to take care of yourself

Stress is not something we should take lightly: It leads to feeling ill, mentally drained and having no energy for anything. Yet when we are stressed, we tend not to focus on some simple daily routines that can make or break our recovery.

When you are stressed, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and it might be difficult to help ourselves -because we might not even notice how stressed we are! While we hope life in 2021 is not as stressful as last year, we do need to have some techniques at hand to unwind when we need it. Loving yourself is important, but what is actually to love yourself? To have an extra glass of wine? An extra piece of cheesecake? We need to learn to reduce stress in a healthy way, that is why here’s a list of 5 things you should be paying special attention to when stressed.

1. 1. What and how you eat

Some stress-busting foods include dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds and dark chocolate among others.

Certain foods induce or reduce our performance. Therefore, we recommend that you become aware of what you eat and how you eat it.

Focus on nutrient-dense foods such as vegetables, whole grains and fruit. Take time to eat slowly and without any distractions and don’t eat on the go. Some stress-busting foods include dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds and dark chocolate among others.

2. 2. Smile, even if it's stormy

The attitude with which you start the day and the way you deal with it has an impact on the experiences you develop.

The attitude with which you start the day and the way you deal with it has an impact on the experiences you develop.

This will help you keep your mind healthy and balanced because stress and negative thoughts have been shown to influence our physical health, even contributing to the development of certain illnesses.

Try to start your day a bit earlier so you have time to have a proper breakfast, move a little, read a book or a magazine and meditate. Rushing out to work in the morning will not do you any favors.

3. 3. Start talking to your emotions

Being able to talk about what is going on will help you manage your stress levels

Instead of trying to suppress your emotions, relate to them and try to understand why you are experiencing them. Talk to a friend or a colleague. You may find that you’re not alone. Spending time with friends and family or just joining a local gym/pottery/drawing class can make all the difference to your emotional well-being.

4. 4. Get moving

Exercise is key to feeling well. It helps us produce feel-good hormones, helps us sleep deeper and is highly important to our mental health

Exercise is key to feeling well. It helps us produce feel-good hormones, helps us sleep deeper and is highly important to our mental health. You don't need to do an intense HIIT, even gentle yoga or pilates will do. Don’t push yourself too much.

5. 5. Speed some time outside

Scientists have time and again confirmed that spending time in nature positively contribute to our well being.

Scientists have time and again confirmed that spending time in nature positively contributes to our well-being. You don’t have to go for a hike either. Your local park will; provide much-needed greenery. Listen to your favorite music or a relaxing podcast and enjoy some fresh air.

6. Bonus Tip: Rest & Sleep

Sleep is beyond important in times of stress

Sleep is beyond important in times of stress. Your body and mind need to recover and regenerate and sleep is the time for them to do so.

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Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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