Too much stress can affect our mood, our body and our relationships, especially when it feels out of our control. It can make us feel anxious and irritable and affect our self-esteem, which over a long period of time can also lead to a feeling of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion.
If stress is making you frustrated and irritable, there are methods you can try out to help restore calm and serenity to your chaotic life.
- Get outdoors for some exercise
Virtually any form of physical activity can act as a stress reliever, whatever your athletic ability. Regular physical activity can pump out those feel-good endorphins and other natural chemicals that enhance your wellbeing so you can refocus your mind by focusing on your body’s movements. Consider walking, jogging, gardening, housecleaning, biking, swimming, weightlifting or anything else that gets you active and keeps you moving so you can improve your mood and help the irritations fade away.
- Get hot under the sheets
Sex is a great form of stress relief, helping you forget about any concerns as you focus purely on your pleasure and shake off all of that tension that has built up through the day. If you are in a relationship, sex is a great way to maintain intimacy with your partner and keep the spark alive, spending uninterrupted time together by exploring each other’s pleasure spots. If you are single, fear not because masturbation is just as great for stress and there is still plenty of pleasure to be had. To take the fun up a notch, try out some sex toys in the bedroom such as lesbian masturbators and vibrators.
- Try out some meditation before bed
During meditation, you focus your attention on your breathing and relaxation which in turn reduces any stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. It can instil a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. If you don’t know where to begin, follow a guided meditation tutorial online or practice visualisation anywhere you may be at a time when you feel stressed.
- Make time for your friends and family
Social contact is a good stress reliever because it can offer distraction, provide support and help you tolerate those up and downs. Making time for a coffee break with a friend during the work day, sending an email to a relative from a different city, or arranging a reunion with your friendship group can work wonders for your stress levels. Although your instinct may be to isolate yourself when you’re stressed and irritable, reaching out to family and friends to make social connections can make a huge difference.
- Write down your feelings
Keep a diary and write whatever comes to mind; no one else needs to read it, so don’t strive for perfection in grammar or hold back on your true feelings. Writing down your thoughts and emotions can be a good release for otherwise pent-up stress so just let your thoughts flow on paper and if you prefer, you can even toss it out once you’re done.