It’s normal to experience stress from time to time in life, it is part and parcel of being human and living life. The good thing about stress though, yes I said good thing, is that it can be quite easily brought under control; there are ways to reduce it and ways to cope better with it. There are certain times in life when you are going to experience a little more stress than at other times.
Take moving house, for example. It is a major life event, whether you are moving near or far, it means everything changes. Plus there are lots of things that are associated that can be stressful, like updating addresses everywhere, financial burden and so on; there is so much to remember. In fact, next to death of a loved one or divorce, it is said to be one of the most stressful things that you can do in life. Sleep company Happy Beds have also done a little research into moving house and found that the stress that comes with a move, both before and after can have a big impact on your sleep. And when you don’t sleep well, everything else doesn’t go well either.
So if you want to put your stress in check if you’ve got a move coming up, or just a big life event, then here are some simple tips to help. You’ll be on your way to making the move as stress-free as possible in not time.
Make Time for Self-Care
If you are making a move or another big life event, then taking some time out for self-care can be really important. It might not feel like you’ve got time for it, as there will be a lot to do, but a few minutes a day can make a difference. It could be having a relaxing bath, painting your nails, or just taking some time to read a book you enjoy. It makes such a difference when you’re faced with stressful things.
The thing with some life events is that they don’t come as a surprise. There is plenty of notice for things like moving house or starting a new job. Of course, there are some things that can be stressful that you can’t plan for, but if you have something coming up, then you just need to make sure that you do plan ahead. For moving house, for instance, then cleaning up is really important and planning that in, as well as things like setting up a mail re-direction with plenty of time. When you give yourself enough time it can have an impact on stress levels.
Eat Mood-Boosting Foods
Diet is something that is linked to most all conditions that we can deal with. So it makes a lot of sense that your diet is linked to mood and stress levels as well. Eating healthily is one of the best things that you can do for your health, both mental and physical; we all know that. But if you are stressed are you more likely to eat bad food, grab comfort food, and less likely to cook food from scratch. Bad foods can give temporary comfort, but then give you a downer. Eating foods that are better for you will be much more balanced.
Get Enough Sleep
It can be hard when you’re stressed out, but you can never overestimate the importance of sleep as a way to keep your mood and stress in check. Adults typically need around eight hours a night, but if you are going through something traumatic, then you are likely to need more sleep than at other times in your life.
Next time you’re feeling stressed out, try to resist the temptation to lay awake at night thinking about the problems you have or the things that are stressing you out. Try sleeping instead1 After all, when you get a good night’s sleep, you will wake up the next morning feeling rested, refreshed and ready to deal with the challenges that you face.