Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! I am very much excited to share another guest post from one of the bloggers that I really admire, Kat from Kat Spills The Tea. I will put all her links down below so please check it out! Now, I’m giving the floor to Kat to share her top 10 stress management tips. Enjoy her post!
Top 10 Stress Management Tips
Today’s topic is: Stress Management Tips – helping you live a stress free life!
- Introduction to Kat
- The Definition of stress
- Common causes of stress
- Symptoms of stress
- My top 10 stress management tips
Hi, I’m Kat!
I’m a Lifestyle, fitness and wellness blogger, based in Surrey, UK.
Over at katspillsthetea.com I’ll be blogging about a little bit of everything that falls under the “lifestyle” umbrella.
Everything that I blog about, centres around one overarching theme: how to live a more positive lifestyle. As a relatively new blogger my posts so far have focused on work and home life tips and health and fitness. But I have a lot more exciting things coming very soon, so keep your eyes peeled!
You can read all of my blog posts here.
Overview of today’s post.
I love Ji’s blog, so I spent ages pondering over what the perfect topic to discuss in my guest post for her blog would be.
Plus, I always focus my writing around what is going to drive real value. So I wanted to write something that would really help her readers!
I finally decided to write a post on my top 10 stress management tips when I was wide awake at 4am one night. Unable to sleep because I was feeling super stressed and overwhelmed by everything I had to do.
It made me think about the steps I take to manage stress so that it doesn’t consume me.
I’m going to let you all know what they are below!
What is stress?
Stress is something we all have to deal with at some point in our lives. If you don’t have good stress management methods in place, it’s easy to buckle under the pressure.
So, before I get into my top 10 stress management tips, it seems natural to begin with defining what stress actually means.
We all know what stress feels like right? We’ve all said the words “I’m so stressed” plenty of times before?
Yet, it is actually quite difficult to pinpoint what stress actually is and put it into words.
Probably because we all experience stress in slightly different ways.
Stress looks different for everyone. It’s triggered by different things, has different symptoms, and different levels of intensity.
So, now we have an understanding of what stress is, what is stress caused by?
What are the common causes of stress?
Similarly to the definition of stress, the causes of stress are also subjective.
What triggers stress totally depends on the person and their situation.
But some of the biggest common causes of stress that spring to mind are:
- Financial worries (poverty, debt)
- Poor living conditions
- Pressure at work
- Starting a new job
- Exams and deadlines
- Difficult relationships (whether it be romantic, platonic or with family)
While these may be some of the most obvious causes, stress is extremely personal. It can be caused by a multitude of things, depending on the person.
For example things like making a phone call, or what to wear on a night out might feel stressful.
Plus, even things that are supposed to be enjoyable can be surprisingly stressful. Like planning a holiday or a birthday party.
I personally think that stress has a lot to do with time pressure. If you have a lot going on it can be incredibly stressful to get everything done in a certain amount of time.
What causes me the most stress is finding the time to balance work, regular exercise, socialising with friends and family, writing blog posts, running all my social media for my blog, all while practicing self care and getting enough sleep.
It’s a lot.
But I’m sure there are people out there who don’t succumb to the worries of time at all.
Like I say, it’s all relative.
Common symptoms of stress.
So, now we know what it is and what some of the common causes may be, the next thing to discuss is what stress looks like.
Now, you might’ve guessed it, the common symptoms of stress vary from person to person.
Stress can manifest both mentally and physically. I’ll provide some examples of both below.
- Feeling overwhelmed, emotional or irritable
- Lack of focus
- Inability to fall asleep due to overactive thoughts
- Constant worries
- Memory loss
- Stress induced headaches or migraines
- Weakened immune systems / illness
- Stomach / digestive issues
- Chest pains
- Hives / rashes
- Breakouts / acne
Some people experience a lot of physical symptoms, whereas others don’t experience any.
Also, some people experience recurring symptoms every time they get stressed, no matter what it is they’re stressed about. Whereas other people show different symptoms depending on the situation or the stressor.
For me, I experience a bit of both.
My experience of stress
In terms of mental symptoms I overthink and worry a lot.
Often because there’s so much I want to do, I always feel like I could be doing more.
This has also caused me a lot of sleepless nights in the past. As when I’m stressed I struggle to fall asleep and wake up constantly throughout the night.
On the physical side of things I’ve actually experienced all of the bullet points I listed above (apart from breakouts/acne) at some point in my life. But my most common physical symptom is chest pains.
The worst thing about physical symptoms as well is that they can actually cause added stress. Because if you don’t realise the symptom is caused by stress, you might worry about what it is.
Sounds like a hopeless, endless cycle right?
Well it’s not! There are absolutely ways that you can alleviate stress. It’s just about finding what works for you.
I’m going to recommend my top 10 stress management tips below.
My top 10 stress management tips:
My first, and probably one of my favourite stress management tips is organisation. There are many reasons for this.
Firstly, it is a lot harder to focus when you’re unorganised.
If you’re feeling stressed because you have a lot of tasks to complete in a limited amount of time, you’ll find it a lot easier to focus on what you need to do if you’re organised.
Secondly, I’m a big believer that the space around you influences your state of mind. So, if your room or office space is a mess, it’ll make your mind feel “messy.”
Thirdly, being organised will save you time in the long run. Saving time means you’re more efficient, which means you’ll get tasks done quicker, which means less stress. Makes sense?
I know not everyone finds it easy to get organised. So, check out my blog post on organisation for some simple and affordable ways to organise your life.
2. Regular exercise
Exercise can be a huge stress reliever. It produces good endorphins and allows you to channel negative emotions, worries and frustration into physical activity.
Moving your body can give you a new burst of life and stop you from feeling sluggish as well.
It’s important to do exercise that you enjoy and makes you genuinely happy!
These are some of the workouts I do when I feel stressed:
3. Meditate in the morning or before bed
Meditation and mindfulness is a great stress management tip.
It allows you to really connect with your body and focus on how you’re feeling physically. While completely clearing your mind of any thoughts or daily stressors.
I’d recommend meditating first thing in the morning – to start the day with a clear mind. Or do it right before bed, to free your mind from the stresses of the day.
Writing this post has reminded me I should get back into meditating. I meditated all the time when I was at uni and it was definitely beneficial.
4. Don’t neglect your self care routine
Make sure you take time to look after yourself no matter how stressed or busy you are.
I have a bad habit of letting my skin care routine slip when I’m really stressed. So I have a reduced skin care routine for when I’m feeling like this.
At least that way I’m doing something to look after myself!
5. Take a proper break
If you’re under a lot of stress or time pressure you’re probably going to skip taking proper breaks.
I do this too, and to be totally honest on some occasions it is impossible to avoid if you’re working to really tight deadlines.
But it’s important to try to take proper breaks every single day if you can.
And if you do have to work through your break one day, make sure once that task has been completed that you reward yourself with some time off.
6. Do one thing at a time
Try not to overwhelm your mind with all the things you need to get done – this is counterproductive.
You’ll probably end up getting less done because you’re thinking about too much at once.
Just tackle one thing at a time. Work smart and efficiently, and you’ll get the job done.
7. Reflect on the things you have achieved
Rather than getting so bogged down on the things you haven’t done yet. Or didn’t quite get to finish.
Take a moment to reflect on what you have accomplished.
Write a list of the tasks you did manage to achieve that day or week. Pay attention to the milestones you have crossed.
This will help you to keep everything in perspective.
8. Write down how you feel
Writing down how you feel can be an amazing stress reliever.
Putting pen to paper allows you to get everything out for the moment, so you can then compartmentalise and move on.
Plus, it might even inspire a future blog post? or a self help book? Who knows!
9. Do something that makes you happy
Stress can make you feel really down.
When you’re stressed take some time to do something you enjoy.
Whether that’s reading, drawing, playing an instrument, dancing, baking – whatever your hobbies may be!
10. Talk to someone
Sometimes when you’re stressed all you need to do to feel better is talk to someone.
It doesn’t have to be a serious conversation.
Perhaps it’s just a quick five minute rant and you might find you feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders!
It’s good to get things out in the open. Sometimes when you verbalise stresses and worries they seem a lot more manageable.
So, to effectively deal with stress you need to:
- Identify what stress means to you personally
- Try to understand what is making you stressed
- Think about how your stress is manifesting
- Find out what helps you to relieve stress
That’s all for now!
Thank you for reading my post, I hope you’ve found it useful and enjoyable.
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I’d love to know how you manage stress? Let us know in the comments below.
Thank you so much for the wonderful tips to manage stress, Kat! This has been really helpful for me as I’ve been feeling stressed these past few days.
I hope this can help you as well in managing your stress. Thank you so much for reading! Please go check out Kat’s blog, you’ll definitely be filled with lots of informative stuff about caring for yourself!
I’ll see you in the next post, bye! Also, don’t forget to enter my 2000 Followers Giveaway!