Seven simple ways to beat stress and gain confidence

Stress is an issue that affects all women at all stages of our lives. A certain level of stress is beneficial, it can help us keep focus and motivation. However, too much stress can lead to health problems, a breakdown of relationships, and perhaps most importantly it can be detrimental to personal well-being. People handle stress in different ways and whilst many women thrive under a pressured environment, others feel themselves becoming emotionally and physically drained. There are many things you can do to help combat stress and finding the most effective method for you can improve your well-being immeasurably.

1)    Never underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep.

Sleep is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Stress often invokes periods of insomnia and over-sleep, which are difficult to overcome. To combat this, give yourself a bedtime routine; get your body in the habit of going to bed and resting at a certain time. This sleep routine will eventually lead to a decrease in night time stress and hopefully lead to good, remedial sleep. Having a good night’s rest is important so that you can start the next day feeling reenergised and strong enough to tackle any challenges that day may bring you.

2)    Exercise-even if it’s gentle.

I know this is common advice for anyone suffering from stress, but it works! Even gentle exercise helps to release stress, be it going for a walk or a gentle swim. On the other hand, some women find that high intensity workouts help to release their stress more efficiently than low intensity. The key here is to work out which type of exercise works for you and to stick with it even when you feel drained.

3)    Lists.

Lists are an excellent way of processing your thoughts and prioritising what tasks are important now and what can be left for later. Make a list of everything you need to get done today-and that’s all. If something needs to be done later in the week or month it can be put on the ‘Leave for later’ list. This way your tasks for the day are achievable and manageable; this method makes you realise what is important in the present.

4)    Healthy Eating.

Healthy eating is an important aspect for any woman’s well being. During stressful times, it is important to remember the importance of eating well and keeping the level of nutrients and vitamins in your diet to a healthy balance.

5)    Hydration.

As well as eating healthily, keeping your body hydrated is also very important during stressful periods. The benefits of water are scientifically proven and keeping yourself hydrated also keeps your mind sharp and focussed. Regaining confidence is linked to feeling good about yourself; eating healthily and drinking water will not only make you feel better physically butwill reduce your stress levels noticeably.

6)    Relax and plan days of nothing.

Clear your schedule for a day. Make sure you have no commitments and aren’t expecting any visitors. During times of stress and tension it is important to schedule in time for yourself. This time can be used to catch up on beauty regimes, television shows that you’ve missed, or toread your favourite book. Although this advice may seem clichéd, by making specific time for yourself you are ensuring that you concentrate on your needs and are prioritising your well-being.

7)    Understanding.

This is a very important part of beating stress and regaining your confidence. Firstly, you need to identify and understand the issues and situations that make you stressed. Once this is done, you need to address the causes of the stress using some of the steps listed. Secondly, for your personal well-being you will need to understand and accept that some things are out of your control and that you just have to let them be.

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