We’re no strangers to stress and anxiety. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, businesswoman, or even a student – we often take on more than we can handle alone.
Anxiety and stress can affect anyone, even the most laidback individuals, and it can impact many different areas of your life if you don’t deal with it and treat it properly. These emotions can cause upset stomachs, increased blood pressure, fatigue and much more. However, if you are suffering from anxiety and/or stress, there are many things you can do to help subside the effects.
Here are four ways you can manage your anxiety and stress and keep yourself healthy!
Exercise doesn’t just have physical benefits! It can actually help a lot of areas, like increasing your energy, reducing health issues, and of course, lowering your stress and anxiety levels.
Physically moving actually reduces mental stress in a few different ways. It can lower the cortisone in your brain, improve your mood, put the spark back in your sex life, and help to get you on a good sleeping schedule.
Talk About It
Sometimes you just need to get that weight off your chest, right? Talking to someone can be super beneficial at reducing stress and anxiety. Even if you don’t want actual advice from someone – just venting can help significantly. It doesn’t have to be a professional either, it can also just be a friend or family member.
Breathing exercises are a great way to just relax and get out of your head for a minute. You can practice meditation, yoga, or even just do simple breathing exercises in a quiet place. You’ll start to notice a difference and feel more relaxed. Practicing these techniques and getting in the habit of doing them once or twice a day will give you the best results.
Learn to Say No
As a business owner or entrepreneur you likely always want to say yes. We get it, we’re guilty of this too. But sometimes you just have to learn to say no. Saying no isn’t always bad thing, and it can be crucial to staying healthy and stress-free. Plus, if you have too much on your plate, you’re probably not giving your job and personal life the attention they both deserve. Only take on as much as you can handle.
What are some of the ways you cope with and handle stress and anxiety? Share them in the comments below!
Alyson Pittman is a contributing writer for WBD and a JR marketing associate for Excite Creative Studios, an Atlanta-based creative agency.
Alyson graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. She was in multiple organizations at KSU where she held leadership positions. As a part of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, Alyson held the Social Coordinator position and planned/promoted large events.