No matter how positive you may be, and no matter how generally happy you may be with your life, we all end up dealing with stressful and unpleasant situations from time to time that can throw us off track, and that can cause us to feel miserable.
Finding ways to become more resilient against stress can be a very powerful thing to do, and can result in significantly greater overall well-being, and an increased ability to overcome stressful circumstances and to steer things in a better direction.
Here are just a few tips for making yourself more resilient to stress, that are a bit unconventional compared to suggestions like having a meaningful goal or practicing deep breathing exercises.
Willingly expose yourself to physically stressful situations in the right doses
As counterintuitive as it may seem, there's actually good evidence to suggest that willingly exposing yourself to physically stressful situations in the right doses, and at the right intervals, can make you significantly more resilient to stress as a whole, and can boost your baseline feelings of well-being, too.
For some time now, the benefits of occasional fasting and cold water immersion have been getting a fair amount of press – and it appears that both of these things can confer a variety of different health benefits, in addition to making various systems in the body more resilient.
The Dutch endurance daredevil and public figure Wim Hof has earned a name for himself as “The Iceman” after developing a practice of cold water immersion and breathing exercises, that have allowed him to carry out all sorts of amazing physical feats, including hiking part of the way up Mount Everest in his underwear.
According to Hof and his many fans, things like regular cold water exposure have significant mood benefits over time, and increase stress resilience.
Make sure that you're eating good nutritious foods
Everyone knows that eating home cooked nutritious meals is healthy and beneficial, so in that sense this suggestion isn't exactly “unconventional.
At the same time, though, many people may not appreciate the fact that eating good, nutritious foods can significantly reduce how much different situations stress you out, and how resilient you are to stress, as well.
Among other things, simple sugars and high protein diets have been found to cause an elevated stress response in the body. Eating healthy carbohydrate sources and a range of fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, can help to moderate the body’s stress response.
Keep this same tip in mind if you’ve got a stressed pooch, as using a good dog food delivery service may help to significantly improve their temperament, too.
Spend more time with your loved ones each day
Human connection is a deeply powerful thing that we all need on a fundamental level.
Individuals who regularly spend time interacting with their loved ones are more resilient to stress, are healthier, and experience higher baseline levels of well-being, among other things.
Keep this in mind next time you're feeling overwhelmed. Simply spending time with those you care about can be very therapeutic.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.