Put Time First and Turn Off Your Phone
Many of our readers relate to the advice to prioritize their time. Stress can be draining and exhausting, so it’s important to notice which people and activities energize you and which drain you. You must then dare to be true to yourself and avoid companies or activities that drain your energy.
“Pull the plug completely,” advises Louise Adelholm. Turn off your phone. Do what makes you happy and avoid what does not. Whatever the cost.
If you’re stressed and have a lot planned, Kirsten Baggesgrd Laursen advises setting tough goals: “Allow only a daily half-hour walk. Everything else must be fun. I should relax. ” Keep in mind that there is hope.
Stress has had a major impact on our reader Lene Jensen’s career, but she has gradually learned what works for her: “As an early retiree, I finally have the time to discover who I am. Before I became a workaholic and had a few unfortunate cohabitants, my mother became ill and called me daily for years, which I couldn’t handle calmly. I used mindfulness to relax my mind and watched boring movies on TV to relax my body. I tried hypnosis, and now I see a doctor. My surroundings can tell I’ve changed in the last two years, and I’m getting better. But it’s a long and hard fight. My stress-relieving advice is to always listen to your gut and never say yes to something you don’t want to do. If the work is bad, find a new one. If you are too tired to go to the family party, stay home and be honest. Respect your own limits if you know them. Take care of yourself.”
Take Advantage of Nature
Another good piece of advice we’ve received is to seek nature to get away from the hectic everyday life:
Remove your headphones, enjoy the sounds of nature, and keep a notepad and pen handy “”It is healthy and refreshing to get beautiful impressions, exercise, and fresh air,” says Pernille Gindrup.
Nature also re-energizes Annbritt Elena Nielsen. She enjoys a morning walk down to the beach and a swim in the sea, even in the winter: “Winter swimming. The blood rolls so well in the years after a dip. I am ALWAYS happy when we start the day with a fjord dip “says she.
Pernille Gindrup, another reader with professional experience with stress, suggests that people with stress talk to a “completely neutral person”. It can be a trusted therapist, coach, or psychologist. It’s also possible that your workplace has a free psychologist on staff who can refer you to if needed. Then contact a work environment or trust representative who can listen and perhaps make some sensible suggestions on how to proceed.”
“Also remember to talk to the family and/or a close close friend,” she advises people who are stressed. Turn your thoughts around with them and see if they can help you ‘take off’ on some of the tasks you can’t handle yourself.
Stress made Connie Ellen Overgaard sick, fired, and depressed. For low-practice, she suggests meditating, walking and then binge-watching Netflix’s long, boring series. I’ve had hours where I didn’t have to relate to anything but just get my brain going. I still use it to relax. Then the pulse slows and the brain believes there is no danger.
“I’ve been on sick leave for 8 weeks due to work stress,” says Pia Laustsen Simonsen. The residents and staff at my job are loud and extroverted. Having done this for 4 years with great joy, suddenly my body said no. I shivered, couldn’t sleep, felt dizzy, and got headaches at the slightest movement. It has helped me a lot of reflexology and meditation, and I have found wonderful meditations on YouTube.
Take Charge of Your Sleep
Stress causes many worries and often causes sleepless nights. Sleeping issues are serious. They can exacerbate your stress response by making it harder to get through your daily tasks if you are constantly sleep deprived.
“Get control of your night’s sleep,” advises Pernille Gindrup. ‘Non-upsetting’ reading, listening or watching TV before bedtime. Every night before bed, listen to the same ‘non-stress calm music’ and do calm breathing exercises.
Pia Laustsen Simonsen can help with sleep issues. “In addition to the usual. Getting reflexology, meditating, and falling asleep to a’sleep well’ app has helped me a lot “she pens.
Internet research can also help with sleep issues. But be critical of what you read, as not all advice is worth following.
While some prefer to get straight to work, others find that moving around in everyday life reduces stress:
In her words, Barbara Louise Bech: The more intense, the better. It’s great to combine with something more mindful like Pilates, which focuses on breathing and intelligent movements. It’s amazing how underrated breath is. Lie on the floor, feet flat, knees bent. Put your hands on your stomach and breathe deeply into your hands. You will notice the difference in minutes. Pleasure.”
“Get more exercise, fresh air, and beautiful nature experiences – preferably alone, so you have ALL of you out there,” says Pernille Gindrup.
Experiment with Therapies
Others of our readers have found relief from stress through various forms of therapy.
“Deep breathing and Yoga Nidra in the ears help me to calm down and get back in touch with myself – simple but effective,” says Helle Bruun Pedersen “says she.
Some of the NADA’s bulls include ear acupuncture, which can help relieve stress, headaches, sleep issues and anxiety. “Get NADA treatment. 5 needles per ear “It worked for me,” Kirsten Baggesgrd Laursen says.
Finally, Cranio Sacral Therapy helped our reader Hanne Laursen: “I have had great success with Cranio Sacral Therapy and a wonderful calm in my body as a result. I have since begun training as a Cranio Sacral Therapy Therapist.
However, no two stressors are alike, so what works for one may not work for another.
“High-intensity exercise is not good for all of us with stress,” says Lene Jensen. My metabolism increases and I lose weight after just 30 minutes of moderate fitness exercise. So give it a shot and see how it goes. “Some people benefit from exercise, while others do not,” she explains.
The most important step for you as a stress sufferer is to get in touch with yourself and listen to your body or mind. It’s normal that it takes time to figure out what’s best for you.