With the wet season soon approaching, we often find ourselves getting stressed for several reasons. Recent studies have shown that sleep length, appetite and energy levels all decrease during the wet season. So what are some ways to relieve stress and anxiety throughout this time of the year?
Here are 5 simple ways to relieve stress during the wet season:
- Pray Often
It’s as simple as that. When you’re feeling stressed or anxious, the best thing to do is take everything to God through prayer. As Christians, we have direct access to God anywhere, anytime.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
– Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
God’s the author of our lives and it’s reassuring we can take comfort in His promises. As we bring our stress and anxiety to God, we can experience God’s peace and protection over our lives.
- Plan your day off
When you’ve got the weekend off or it’s school holidays, plan those days off. For example, if you spend all your day sleeping in and watching TV – then you most likely won’t feel rejuvenated. By planning your day off, you have something to look forward to during the stressful week and you can make the most of your time.
And remember, it’s a day off so try not to sneak that quick email check. Enjoy the time you’ve got to relax, unwind and de-stress.
- Get enough sleep
When you don’t get enough sleep it can influence your stress levels. It’s important to have the right amount of sleep for your age group, so you’re rested and recharged for the upcoming day.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, below are the recommended hours of sleep for each age group:
|Average hours of sleep||Age|
|9 – 11 hours||Children (6 – 13 years old)|
|8 – 10 hours||Teenagers (14 – 17 years old)|
|7 – 9 hours||Young adults (18 – 25 years old)|
|7 – 9 hours||Adults (26 – 64 years old)|
|7 – 8 hours||Seniors (65 and above)|
- Do something you love, once a week
It’s easy to get caught up in work or school, you don’t leave much time to do something you’re passionate about. For some people, it could be taking your family to the footy, going fishing or camping on the weekends.
- Catch up with family and friends
When you spend time with your family and friends, it helps reduce your stress levels. It allows you to create special moments together and sends a strong message of love between each other. It’s easy as having dinner together, watching a movie or playing a board-game. Whatever you choose to do, it will help you re-energise for the next week.