1. Social support
Social support is a BIG one. Foundation can come from anywhere. From your work environment, your friend group, your family, even strangers. It is assumed that social support only comes directly from friends and family, when in reality all you need is a little push by someone who may understand the situation that you are in, or has the same goals as you.
2. Physical touch
And no, I don’t mean intimately. Hugs are the best way to help someone going through a rough time, and even a stressful time, get through. Even if you can’t find the words to say to someone who is stressing out, simply offer them a hug. Studies show that it helps release more oxytocin, which in turn decreases heart-rate and the “stress hormone”: cortisol.
Although meditation can take some time, practice makes perfect. And no, meditation does not necessarily mean you have to run out and buy a yogi mat and put on rain-fall sounds. It means taking at least some time out of your day, to just breathe. Sounds simple enough right? Practice the rhyme of your breaths. The ins and outs. The timing. Focus on that and only that, for however long you want, as many times throughout the day. It can be for a minute, or for an hour; just try. There are many studies done as well stating that meditation reduces cortisol levels as well, just as hugs do! While increasing the “good” hormones.
I will forever be an advocate for exercise! Exercising is beneficial for de-stressing, focus, working on yourself and relaxation. Exercise is known for releasing endorphins such as norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine. All of which contribute to feeling good, as well as happy! Exercise can be a great way to better your body, mind and soul.
Finding the motivation within yourself is important. Find the incentive to keep pushing. To keep moving forward. Identify the things that stress you out, or cause you to feel a certain way and decide whether or not it is “good” or “bad” stress. That’s the first step. The second is to take action. Decide how you are going to fix this, or not fix this. Decide whether it is something that is predictable or unpredictable. Use that to your advantage. If a stressor is unpredictable, chances are you can’t control it: so let it go. If a stressor is predictable, plan out how to deal with it! I know it can be hard at times, but always play to your strong side and KEEP YOUR HEAD UP.
Most importantly though, don’t be afraid to ask for help; someone is always out there looking out for you.