Stress is a huge problem in our society. In fact, health experts say that chronic stress is one of the main contributors to sickness and disease. High stress levels can certainly affect your mental, emotion, and physical body.
When you are too stressed or anxious, you may begin to feel agitated, fatigued, dizzy, or simply overwhelmed. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, work, and so on, there seems to be too much energy expended on tedious tasks and not enough rest and relaxation.
Maybe your mind is racing, and you can’t seem to slow it down. Or perhaps it’s causing you to be agitated and you have trouble sleeping at night. You may even find yourself reaching for a drink to attempt to bring your stress levels down. Or, you may wonder about getting on anti-anxiety medication.
Anxiety and stress are real, and while it may not be possible to remove every stressor in life, know that there are things you can do to reduce or eliminate excess stress in your life. It takes a proactive attitude and some consistency.
Managing stress is possible when you learn a few stress-reduction and management techniques and perform them regularly. Here are 7 effective ways that you can reduce and manage stress, so that you can feel you are in control of your world again!
Life will throw some hurdles and unfortunate circumstances on you at times. There’s no getting away from that.
Decide now that you will face them head on with an optimistic attitude. Your thoughts matter, so commit to engaging with positive thoughts when it comes to life’s stressors.
If a negative or fearful thought comes, acknowledge it and then release it. You may want to have some positive affirmations handy to reframe your mindset.
You might as well surrender now to the fact that you can’t control everything.
The boss yells, the car breaks down, your child breaks the antique vase, and so on. Accepting things as they come will help you to relax more and have faith that things will work out one way or another.
Most of the things we stress out about don’t even occur and aren’t indicative of the end of the world.
3. Take a deep breath.
Deep breathing techniques work wonders for relaxation and letting go of tension.
A few times a day, or when you’re feeling stressed out, sit or lie down and take two to three deep breaths and let them out slowly. Then take a minute to focus only on your breathing. As you do, entertain positive thoughts about the stressing situation or life in general.
Health experts report that regular exercise helps reduce stress significantly. If you will commit to exercising 3 to 4 times a week, you’re likely to feel better mentally and physically. Endorphins are released as you exercise, which are chemicals that provide you with some happy feelings. This sounds like a win-win situation.
5. Get some energy work.
There are various alternative techniques that have been very successful at reducing or eliminating anxiety and stress. Check into avenues like emotional freedom techniques (EFT), energy therapy, yoga, acupuncture, shamanic breathwork, or acupressure.
Some people find journaling, or writing down their feelings and day to day musings calming and relaxing. You can write as little or as often as you’d like.
Grab a cup of tea or coffee and sit out on your porch while writing. Through the years you’ll have a log of your life, which will be quite interesting to read.
7. Make a “not-to-do” list.
If you’re busy all the time, it’s time to make a “not-to-do” list. This list is for the activities that are taking up your time and stressing you out that you can cut out of your life.
Too fatigued to clean the house after putting in a long 40 hours at work? Hire a house cleaner.
Spending many hours on the computer or watching television? Cut some out and spend more time with your family.
Think about the things you can cut out and do it!
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Living an ultra-busy life can surely cause stress. You may even get addicted to the chemicals that are swarming your body as you run from here to there, always having to do something.
Take some time to learn to relax. Cut out the stress that you can, take up a few anxiety-reduction techniques, and focus on your breath more often. This is a more mindful way to live and can help you live less stressed and more relaxed. Take these tips and put them into action today!
You deserve to enjoy more peace, more joy, and a more fulfilling life.