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In today’s modern life, stress is as much part of our life as our mobile phone. We answer “HOW ARE YOU?” with very busy, flat out, and truly stressed THANK YOU VERY MUCH. The reason behind it, we wear stress like a symbol of how meaningful or significant our lives are.
Stress can really have an effect on the daily choices we make in terms of our health and well-being. If you’re reading this article while eating lunch at your desk and suddenly you realize that you’re already 5 minutes late for your important meeting, then you understand what I’m talking about.
As per the research by health fund Medibank, about 4.9m Australians are affected by stress in 2016-2017.
We all have experienced stress at some point in our life. It is actually a very normal emotion. Without a doubt, controlled level stress can create a positive impact on our lives. Follow these simple tips to manage and reduce your stress levels and live a healthy and hearty life.
Tip #1: Deep Breathing
Stop thinking too much and take a deep breath. It will take away your pressure. You’ll really feel better once you get good at it. All you need to do is follow these simple steps:
- Lie down or sit in a comfortable position.
- Close your eyes.
- Imagine yourself in a relaxing place such as a beach, in a beautiful garden, or anywhere you feel peaceful.
- Slowly take mindful breaths in and out.
- Do this for 5 to 10 minutes at a time and give yourself a mental break from your stressful thoughts.
You can also consider a guided meditation session to help get your breathing under control. Kundalini Yoga is also a great option for breathing exercises.
Tip #2: Make Connections
Developing good relationships with close family members, friends or others is vital.
Talking to someone who really cares about you and accepting help and support from them can strengthen your resilience. It can help you discover solutions to your stress.
Additionally, it can either distract you from your stressful thoughts or can help in releasing some of the built-up tension by discussing it.
Tip #3: Avoid Smoking or Other Bad Habits
Stop smoking or try to reduce it. Consumption of nicotine and any drinks containing caffeine and alcohol will raise your stress level rather than reduce it. The reason behind it is caffeine and nicotine are stimulants.
If you’re struggling with trying to quit smoking, consider a switch to vaping as it is an effective way to kick the smoking habit. These e-cigarettes do not produce odor or leave behind residue like cigarette smoke.
Plus, where can you get flavor-rich smoking other than vaping? With e-liquid available in favors like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, you can really accentuate the entire experience of smoking with e-cigarettes.
Tip #4: Regular Exercise
To reduce your stress level you should indulge yourself in any kind of physical activity. Regular working out is one of the best ways to relax your mind and body.
In addition, exercise will improve your mood by releasing endorphins, a natural substance that helps out you feel better and keep up a positive attitude towards life. But you have to do it regularly for it to pay off.
Tip #5: Eat Well-Balanced Diet
Regulate your food intake and eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet. It will help you feel better in general and help control your moods.
Your diet should include vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and lean protein. Do not skip meals. It’s not good for your health and ultimately can put you in a bad mood, which can, in fact, raise your stress level.
Tip #6: Make Time for Hobbies
Always set some time aside for your favorite things which you truly enjoy. Try to do something new every day that can light up your mood and will help relieve your stress. Some relaxing hobbies include things like:
- Listen to music
- Watching movies
- Playing cards and other board games
- Solving puzzles
Tip #7: Get Enough Sleep
You should try to get 7+ hours of sleep because a lack of sleep is an important cause of stress. Stress will interrupt our sleep as thoughts continuously keep whirling through our heads. It will stop us from relaxing enough to fall asleep.
Try to go to bed at approximately the same time each day so that your mind and body get used to an expected bedtime routine. Enough sleep will make you feel ready to tackle the upcoming day.
Tip #8: Set Realistic Goals and Go Easy on Yourself
Accept that you can’t be successful at everything at once. It is perfectly okay and healthy to realize that you can’t control everything in your life. So do a favor to you and stop thinking too much.
Set realistic expectations and aim in life. Always keep your sense of humor and laugh out loud. It will make you feel relaxed.
Tip #9: Maintain a Stress Diary
Write down the situations which cause you to become stressed. Keeping a stress diary as an effective stress management tool will enable you to stay away from stressful situations and build up better coping mechanisms.
Writing down things is one of the best ways to handle stress. It will help you ease stress and anxiety by focusing your thoughts on what is optimistic in your life.
In addition, a stress diary can become your checklist of things that need to be accomplished. And by knocking things off this list one by one, you’ll gain a sense of control over the things that stress you out.
Tip #10: Time Management
Time management is an effective stress management tool. We all have experienced overburdened by ‘To Do’ list. And this is actually a common cause of stress.
Accept that you can’t do everything at once. Start to prioritize your tasks and create structured To-Do lists. Set realistic deadlines and try to follow it. Try to balance your professional and personal life and stay away from stress.
Tip #11: Learn to Say “No”
The main reason for stress is having too much to do and too little time in which to do it. Still, many people will still agree to take some extra responsibility.
Learn to say NO when you feel that you won’t be able to do things on time. It will help you in reducing your stress level and assist you to develop more self-confidence.
The Bottom Line
Even though stress and anxiety may arise in your professional and personal life, there are many simple ways to ease stress. Above discussed tips will be really helpful for you to get your mind away from the source of stress.
Exercise, deep breathing, music and enough sleep can all work to ease anxiety and stress. These tips will improve the whole work-life balance as well.
Out of the 11 tips, we have confidence that you will be able to adopt at least one of these. It will help you in finding an excellent way to deal with stress.
Lynda Arbon is a passionate and enthusiastic health blogger. She likes keeping herself updated on health trends and blogs. Her favorite pastime is learning history and solving crossword puzzles. Follow her on Twitter.