If there’s one thing that we know to be true right now, it’s that life can be stressful. With so much chaos going on, we are all under more stress than usual. One minute we’re being told to do one thing, the next we’re being told to do another. The change in the seasons doesn’t help much either. Here in California, we are still experiencing so much smoke for the fires on some days that we cannot even go outside. We all need outlets to deal with stress and anxiety. Here are some tips for dealing with the stress of life.

Relaxation Techniques 

Practicing relaxation techniques is so important right now. Finding ways to put yourself in a position where you can help yourself rather than feeling like you have to rely on others. One great tip is breathing techniques. Focus on breathing in through your nose, and out through your mouth. Repeat until you feel ease. Or, you could download an app that talks you through guided meditation. Meditation can be done anywhere even if it’s for five minutes. Some people also find exercising a great way of releasing stress. Whether that be going for a brisk 10 minute walk or an at-home workout.

Learning When To Seek Help

Sometimes life is going to get too much. And there is nothing wrong with asking for help. Help can come in many forms, and the first thing to do would be to speak to a friend or relative. But if that’s not doing the trick, you could try anxiety therapy. If you suffer terribly with anxiety, as I have in the past, then therapy could be the way forward. It sometimes helps to talk to a professional until you feel you can cope alone again. 

Doing Things You Enjoy

Make sure you’re taking time in life to do things that you enjoy. Life is definitely going to weigh you down if you don’t feel like you have the time to do things you love. Whether that be simply taking a bath at the end of the day or going for a bike ride, make time to do something you love at least once a day.

Remember, we are all in this together!

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