Stress can become a killer and is a leading cause of many chronic health issues.
Get a handle on how to manage stress before it takes over your life. You could use these following tips to reduce your stress and keep it at bay:
Keeping a Journal
This is a great way of reducing your stress levels. Sometimes it can be hard to find a place or person where you can vent your frustrations without any fear of rebuttal. Writing out your feelings is a fantastic way to get your emotions out of your body and mind. With a journal, nobody but you will read it, and journaling is often recommended by therapists.
Enjoy the Pleasures in Life
When was the last time you found yourself laughing for no reason? If you can’t remember then you really need to start enjoying the pleasures of life. It is too easy to get wrapped up in work and life that you forget what really makes you happy.
Spend time with your family and friends and enjoy them. Laugh smile and tell each other jokes. These are all incredible healthy ways to reduce stress and start living your life again to the fullest.
Make Time for You
Everyone is so busy looking after others that they neglect themselves, and this is probably one of the biggest mistakes that people make today. Treat yourself to a sauna or a massage join a yoga class or take a long walk in the country.
Spending time alone helps you clear your mind and relax. You don’t need hours and hours alone. Just set aside a little time each week and do something that you really love.
Exercise and Eating Healthy
Again these two things are superbly critical for keeping stress at bay and for staying fit and healthy.
You can’t deal with stress efficiently if you are not eating correctly. High fat foods and those filled with sugars just add to make you feel more tired and lethargic. Aim to eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables on a daily basis.
Exercise is the key, and you should try for at least 20 minutes of exercise each day. You don’t have to train for a marathon, instead enjoy a walk after dinner or offer to take the dog for a walk. Make exercise a family activity so that you can all spend some quality time together while getting fit.
Use the above guidelines to help reduce your stress levels and keep them at bay. Stress doesn’t have to take over your life, and it won’t if you take action first.
It is extremely hard to avoid stress these days
You have to deal with stress at home, with your children, at work and possibly even with an aging family member. While you may not be able to escape the stress entirely, there are ways that you can deal with stress. Finding simple solutions to reduce your stress levels is critical. Otherwise, if you allow stress to build up, your health can suffer. Use the following easy tips to lower your stress levels on a regular basis.
Walking – this is the perfect way to reduce your stress. Just getting outside and enjoy nature and fresh air, can do wonders for you. You don’t have to go far to walk outdoors. Find a local park or walk down by a river or beach. You may enjoy going for a solitary walk, or you may find walking with your spouse relaxing.
Moving at work – there is no denying that your job is a huge cause of stress. Make a point of getting up from your desk and moving around. Walk to the bathroom and splash cold water on your face. Take a walk and get a drink of water. Try to get up at least once an hour and move around. Even stretching at your desk is a good way to reduce stress.
Stress balls – these small balls can do wonders for you mentally and physically. As you become stressed your muscles start to tighten. If you suddenly seem to get more neck, shoulder and back pain, it could be due to stress. Use a stress ball to massage your hands and relax your muscles.
Controlled breathing – learning how to perform deep breathing exercises can significantly help to reduce stress. This is particularly useful at work, if you are suddenly placed into a stressful situation, you can reduce your stress and tension by breathing deeply for a few minutes.
Sleep – go to bed a little earlier so that you can get enough sleep. Sleep helps to restore your body and relaxes your muscles. When you don’t sleep enough, or your sleep is poor, you wake up feeling tired and anxious. You really want to feel refreshed and re-energized each morning, so aim for seven to eight hours sleep each night.
By learning to take action when you are feeling stressed, your stress levels will remain much lower. (comparing positive stress to negative stress)
This means that you will start feeling better more quickly and that you won’t be carrying your burdens with you for days on end.
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