5 Ways to Deal with Everyday Stress
Every day, we are exposed to a vast amount of potential stressors: work duties, chores, family responsibilities, and so on. Even fitting in extracurricular activities can be overwhelming!
Americans live stressful lives. In fact, nearly half of us claim that our stress levels have increased in the last five years. Trying to accomplish all of your duties can leave you feeling anxious. This can lead to everything from insomnia to heart disease, to more extreme outcomes, such as alcoholism and addiction. In order to avoid these negative feelings and actually enjoy life, there are ways to balance out your stressors with stress relievers.
Make Time For Friends and Family
When you lose yourself in your work, your friends and family can help you remember who you are and what you love. They are also a great resource for advice and support when you need it most.
Not only can social gatherings help you de-stress, but studies show that they can also help you live longer. The trust, positivity, and reassurance of close family and friend relationships can lead to a healthier, longer, life.
Sedentary work habits or a lack of scenery can contribute to feelings of stress, but also boredom. You need to get moving to break up your day and re-energize. Studies show that exercise is a proven stress reliever. Various physical activities you can try are:
● Jumping rope
These are great exercises that help improve your physical health (and mental health, as a result). As you get moving, your body produces endorphins, which send happy signals to your brain. In turn, your body and mind will feel more at ease. Additionally, focusing on sports or activities instead of stressors will help relieve your mind of the very thing that was causing you issues in the first place.
If you’re not into chanting mantras, don’t worry, meditation can still work to relieve your stress. Even if you don’t have a lot of time, simply sitting in silence for 15 minutes while focusing on breathing can help. The steps to a simple meditation practice include:
1. Closing your eyes or focusing them on a stable object
2. Breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth
3. Noticing how your ribs or core move as you breath in and out
If your mind wanders, focus back on your breath, but do not try to force your attention. Just enjoy the moment!
You can also visualize a relaxing scenario to help your mind unwind. There are many types of meditation, so find which one works for you!
If you are feeling stressed, write down your feelings. There is no need for any particular structure when journaling, just let your thoughts flow onto the page. When you are done, you can think over what you’ve just written. This will help you identify the root cause of your stress; you may even find that the problem is not as bad as you once thought. As you read past journal entries, you may be able to see the improvement in your stress levels over time.
If you are doing something that causes stress, see if you can change it or cut it out. By removing the source of stress, you will be able to live a happier and healthier life. Outright removing something may not be as easy, but here are some things to consider:
● Work: Find a job with a shorter commute, better boss, or fewer obligations, if you can. Even if you take a small reduction in pay, the improvement in your lifestyle and happiness may be worth it.
● Home: Clean and organize your home, or hire someone to do so. When you come home after a long day, the absence of clutter can provide instant stress relief.
● Travel: Stress sometimes relates to a lack of change in environment. If your lifestyle allows it, moving to a new place may be in order—even if it’s in the same city. If that is too big of a commitment (for the time being), allow yourself time to take a trip, even if it’s for the weekend. It’s amazing how rejuvinating seeing another city can be.
There are countless ways to reduce stress and improve your overall mental and physical health. It’s a matter of exploring and finding the right ones for your life.
Steve Johnson has always been dedicated to promoting health and wellness in all aspects of life. Studying in the medical field has shown him how important it is for reputable health-related facts, figures, tips, and other guidance to be readily available to the public. He created PublicHealthLibrary.org with a fellow student to act as a resource for people’s overall health inquiries and as an accurate and extensive source of health information. When he isn’t hard at work in his studies, Steve enjoys playing tennis and listening to his vintage record collection.
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