6 Life-Changing Strategies to Boost Mood, Build Resilience and Increase Happiness while working in the fashion industry.
3. Learn how to keep your stress levels in check
Stress takes a heavy toll on mental and emotional health, so it is important to keep it under control. While not all stressors can be avoided, stress management strategies can help you brings things back into balance.
Talk to a friendly face. Face-to-face social interaction with someone who cares about you is the most efficient way to calm your nervous system and relieve stress. Interacting with another person can quickly put the brakes on damaging stress responses like “fight-or-flight.” It also releases stress-busting hormones, so you will feel better even if you are unable to alter the stressful situation itself.
Appeal to your senses. Does listening to an uplifting song make you feel calm? Alternatively, smelling the ground coffee or a favourite scent? Or maybe squeezing a stress ball works quickly to make you feel centred? Everyone responds to sensory input a little differently, so start experimenting now to find what works best for you. Once you discover how your nervous system responds to sensory input, you will be able to calm yourself quickly no matter where or when stress hits.
Make leisure time a priority. Do things for no other reason than that it feels good to do them. Go to a funny movie, take a walk on the beach, listen to music, read a good book, or talk to a friend. Doing things just because they are fun is no indulgence. Playing is an emotional and mental health necessity.
Make time for contemplation and appreciation. Think about the things you are grateful for. Mediate, pray, enjoy the sunset, or simply take a moment to pay attention to what is real, positive, and beautiful as you go about your day.
Take up a relaxation practice. While sensory input can relieve stress at the moment, relaxation techniques can help to reduce your overall levels of stress—although they are likely to take more time to learn effectively. Yoga, mindfulness meditation, deep breathing, or progressive muscle relaxation can put the brakes on stress and bring your mind and body back into a state of balance.*
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Authors: Melinda Smith, M.A., Robert Segal, M.A., Lawrence Robinson and Jeanne Segal, PhD.
*Find the strategy number 4 in the next article.