How to cope with Stress/ Worry/ Anxiety

It may come as a surprise to hear that I actually cope really well in stressful situations. Put me under pressure and I will generally exceed expectations. I put this particular trait down to how I cope with my anxiety. I’m often in a heightened state of anxiety and still have to function, which has allowed me to develop certain coping skills and excel in stressful situations. I know this is not the case for everyone though and so I thought I would share with you my top tips for coping with stress.

 

*I think these techniques can also help anyone struggling with worry and anxiety too*

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My top 5 tips for coping with stress

 

Make Plans

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My approach to coping with a stressful situation is to make a plan. Look at the situation and decide how you’re going to tackle it. You might make a plan as to how you’re going to complete a piece of work, or you might plan how to start a conversation with anyone – you can literally make a plan for anything!

 

If you were to scroll through the numerous redundant notes on my phone you will find endless lists. As some of you may be aware I have finally reached out for help with my mental health and because of these I’ve had a number of appointments to attend. I find appointments stressful and they make me incredibly anxious. At the start of each week I write down my plans and appointments so that I can easily glance at it. This allows me to visualise my plan for the week and I get the joy of crossing the item off once I have achieved it.

 

Planning won’t eradicate the stressful situation, however I believe it will help you cope with the lead up to it.

 

Exercise 

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I know, everyone harps on about exercising but the benefits are literally endless. If I’m feeling a little bit stressed I like to take myself out of the situation and go for a walk. I tend to feel so much better when I return – both from the break and from the exercise. Living in England it’s all too easy to blame the weather and skip my daily walk, however in the winter I try to get into exercise videos. There’s loads on YouTube and all you need is a spare 15 minutes.

 

Why does exercise have such a positive impact on stress?

Exercise helps to reduce the stress hormone in your body and produces endorphins, which make you happy. Regular exercise is also likely to help improve your sleeping, something that can often be disrupted when you are suffering from stress, worry or anxiety. You have nothing to lose (other than a few lbs!) by dabbling in some exercise!

 

Take 5 minutes out 

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Take 5 minutes to relax. I know from personal experience that relaxing is not very easy when your mind is racing and you’re worried about something.

Here are my top three ideas to relax;

  1. Have a cup of tea – Be mindful as to what beverage you choose. If you’re already highly strung then caffeine will only feed into your current state. Decaf or herbal teas are a good alternative, if you know that caffeine will have a negative affect on you. If the weather is nice make a drink and sit outside. In the afternoon I sometimes make myself a cup of tea and sit on the backdoor step. It’s amazing what taking a few minutes to yourself can do.
  2. Meditate – I know I often go on about meditation on this blog but I love it and only wish I could get into a better routine with it. When I do meditate I find myself feeling so much more relaxed and more able to cope with situations. It takes practice and perseverance so don’t worry if it doesn’t click on the first attempt.
  3. Go for a walk – I know I mentioned this in the above tip, however I find that it’s the perfect time to take 5 minutes to yourself. If you find your mind won’t quieten down then play some music and get some fresh air.

 

Believe in yourself

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Stress, worry and anxiety can often be attributed to your own confidence. If this is the case then believe in yourself! You can go to that job interview, you can pass your driving test, you can do anything you want to!

 

I have to admit I am guilty of often not believing in myself or having very little confidence in my abilities. Sometimes I have to take a step back and really question myself as to why I don’t think I’m capable of something. I often find that I can’t come up with a good enough reason not to try something even if I think I’m not 100% capable of achieving it.

 

My guilty pleasure is to scroll through the positive and empowering quotes on Pinterest. I always come off of Pinterest feeling more positive about myself and the world. If you’re ever in need of a quick pick-me-up then have a little look and learn to believe in yourself.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

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If something is causing you so much stress, worry or anxiety then ask someone for help. Help can come in all different shapes and forms – whether it be that someone physically helps you complete a task you are stressed about or they just offer an ear for you to talk things through. People often bottle things up too much, we shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help.

 

It’s taken me a while to come to terms with this tip and after having struggled with my anxiety for a year now I’ve finally asked for help.

 

How do you cope with stress?

 

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29 thoughts on “How to cope with Stress/ Worry/ Anxiety

  1. These are some great tips and I especially love the one about making lists. I always find jotting something down or putting it my phone is a nice quick way to clear my head. I really need to get back into exercising though – I’ve lost all my motivation these last few months and it really helped me a while back so I feel a bit annoyed with myself that I’ve stopped 🤦🏻‍♂️ I really must start taking some time out too, like you said just a few minutes for a cup of tea can make the world of difference! Xx

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    1. Thank you ☺️ I have a love hate relationship with exercise and once I stop it for a while it’s so difficult to get back into it! There’s very little that a cup of tea can’t solve 😆xx

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  2. I generally end up lists out loud and it drives my housemate a little nuts. I should definitely get back to writing on pen and paper. It helps me work through some stuff without even thinking about it.

    Great tips on here. I have been trying yoga to tone but at the same time, it has helped me a bit in the mornings to find some balance.

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    1. It’s great to write down your list as it allows you to visualise it ☺️

      Thank you! Yoga can be amazing for you, both mentally and physically.

      Thank you for reading ☺️

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  3. Excercise and fresh air are both fantastic. I used to meditate back in the martial art period of my life. Awareness of physical changes like tense neck and shoulder tell me I’m stressed and I take a few deep breaths.

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    1. They really are! Meditation can be a useful skill in all areas of life, it’s a shame it’s not taught in schools so that you can start building the skill from a young age.

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  4. I have to say for me the most relaxing terapy is when I am doing yoga and exercise, I used to have a lot ansiety a few years ago I didnt know the simptoms of this sicknes when I discovered started to focus nutrition and exercise I have to say is the best I started to do.
    Thank you so much for the post I am sure will help so many people.

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    1. Thank you for reading ☺️ Looking after your mind and body is one of the best things you can do when suffering from stress/worry or anxiety xx

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  5. Such a really helpfull post. I used to have ansiety long time ago and for me the best thing to relax is yoga and exercise.
    Thank you for share it somepeople live with this stress and sometimes never ask for help I am sure will be really helpfull.

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    1. Thanks for reading ☺️ Stress, worry and anxiety can lead to some really dark times unfortunately 😔 I believe the more we talk about it and support each other the better things will be in the future x

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