5 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress In Your Life
For me stress is like that little bee that keeps bothering you while you are eating. No matter how much you swat at it, you just feel like it’s always there. But, as soon as you stop paying attention, it somehow flies away. You have to think of stress like that little bee flying around you. Don’t give it attention and focus on your self and it just seems to fade away. The most important factor is that you have to remember that things will get better and that you control your life. Now, let’s focus on ourselves with these 5 easy ways to reduce stress in your life.
Remember that it will pass
You have an assignment due yesterday, your boss wants you to work late, you forgot to pay your bills, Covid-19 has your kids going crazy in quarantine. Sound familiar? Not one person going about his or her life is above stress, and if you let it stack up it can lead to sleepless nights, upset stomachs, and anxiety. You first have to remember that you aren’t the only one going through this and it will pass. If you try and fight it will make it stronger but on the opposite side of things if you accept the feeling then your body has a natural relaxation response.
Eat Well and watch your diet
What you consume on a daily basis can be a large contributor to your stress levels. Eating real foods reduces the effects of stress on your body while helping you stay stress-free. Replacing harmful substances like alcohol and caffeine with whole fruits, vegetables, and clean protein can help regulate your stress levels. Studies have shown that even the smallest amount of caffeine can cause anxiety while alcohol can lead to feelings of depression and emptiness. By making small adjustments to your diet can lead to a happier mindset, now just think, is a happier state of mind worth drinking less coffee or alcohol. That is up to you to decide!
Get moving or exercise
As we all know that exercise is good for our physical and mental health. During any form of exercise, the body releases chemicals called endorphins that lead to euphoric feelings that can reduce mental and physical pain. Now, by maintaining a regular exercise routine it can lead to reduced stress levels, better energy levels, and enhanced self-esteem. It not only also gets you up and moving but helps clear your mind while in practice. It’s a little mini-vacation!
Sleep, Sleep and sleep
When we think of sleep and stress we often think that they are related. If you are stressed then you can’t sleep. If you can’t sleep then you are ill-prepared to address the stressors the following day. Like all of our doctors and parents said while we were growing up “Make sure you are getting 7-8 hours of sleep!.” The reason why they are saying that is because those allotted hours of sleep can be a powerful stress reducer and prepare you for the next day. If you follow a regular sleep routine it allows your body to calm down and restore itself. It also improves your mood while helping your concentration.
If you are having a hard time falling asleep try and follow these practices:
- White noise in the background
- Can either be soothing sounds or sounds that comfort you
- Make sure that they are only background sounds and no too loud
- Guided imagery
- Picture yourself in a calming place like the forest, lake, mountains, beach, etc
Yes, you need to breathe! We don’t often think of the healing powers of concentrated(deep) breathing because we are constantly breathing all day every day. By specific deep breathing, we allow our heart rate to go down leading to our blood pressure to lower which in turn relieves stress. Now you can go online to look up specific breathing techniques but any form of slow, deep breathing can help you relax and relieve stress.
“People often think of happiness as something that just falls upon the fortunate or it’s just for those that are financially stable and don’t have stress factors. But happiness is something that you as a person have to go get. It’s self-work, self-love, one has to look for it and always want it.” – Warner Marquez
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