Having stress is a very common and major problem in today’s life. So many people of various ages are facing this problem. Some are aware of it and some are still unknowingly dying from it on the inside every day. People should work on it and try to remain stress-free as much as possible. Stress is actually a feeling of being under too much pressure. Most of the people are suffering from moderate to high level of stress. Stress can affect people’s mental, physical, behavioural and psychological states. Anything like work pressure, difficult situations, negative thoughts etc. can cause stress. It can cause so many health problems.
Here are some tips for you mentioned below about Reducing Stress.
1. Rest Yourself Time To Time
Tiredness is another reason for experiencing stress. And in return, stress can further disrupt your sleep. So, you need to leave stress out of your room and have a nice, deep sleep daily. Rest your mind regularly. Because constant thinking about something would not give a solution.
2. Be Social
Spending some time on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp or Instagram and watching videos on Youtube is may be one of the new ways to stay away from stress. Seeing other people doing their stuff is quite interesting, but don’t end up overdoing it by spending endless hours on social media. And if you connect with people directly, in person, then it may be more precious and beneficial for you. Stay connected with people(both online and more importantly, offline), talk about good and happy things.
3. Avoid Alcohol, Nicotine and Caffeine
Alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine are the most widely consumed psychotropic drugs worldwide. The effects of nicotine administration on stress system response are well documented. Acute exposure to nicotine via smoking causes an immediate spike in cortisol(it fires up the alarm system of the body) even in habitual smokers and it can happen only within a minute. And on another hand, heavy consumption of alcohol can damage your liver and other body organs as well as your system too.
4. Say ‘NO!’
Maybe there are so many important people in your life and they might have so many expectations from you. But you cannot fulfil every single expectation of each and every person. It may be so difficult to refuse them, you may think that they can get hurt. But it is impossible to fulfil all the expectations of a person so you have to learn how to say NO to them. Maybe that will hurt the person but it will save you from stress. You might feel bad while saying No, at least the first time. Instead of that, you may use some pre-prepared phrases to let them know, like – “I am sorry but I cannot commit to this as I have other important work to do at the moment”, or “I would love to do this, but…”, or “This is not the correct time, I am in the middle of doing something, why don’t you ask me again at…?”
Regular meditation helps to reduce a huge amount of stress. It is one of the simplest and easiest ways to reduce stress. What you have to do is to sit straight with both feet on the floor and close both your eyes, Concentrate properly, focus on your attention. Chant a mantra silently or loudly as you wish, It may be “I love my self” or “I feel at peace”. Let the stress move out gently.
6. Follow a Healthy Diet
Overeating of junk-food may affect your mental as well as physical health. Having unhealthy food can upset your stomach which can be the reason of having stress. Have healthy food daily with sufficient quantities of vitamins, minerals and protein. Eat fresh fruits and a sufficient amount of water daily. Do not let stressors affect your life.
7. Exercise Regularly
Exercise is probably the most important thing to combat stress. Regular exercising can improve your metabolism and build your strength. Not only physical exercise, we are talking about some other physical activities and also mental exercises. These activities can produce endorphins. It is the chemical in your brain that acts as a natural painkiller, and also improves the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress.
8. Give Time To Yourself
You have to take more care of yourself. You can list the things that hurt you and start avoiding them so that they do not hurt you again. Stay away from the person with whom you feel unsafe. Avoid those who laugh at you and get closer of those who laugh with you. Talk with someone who you trust. Try to avoid the things that distract you and stay focused towards your goal. Love yourself.
Massage therapy is actually a great way of reducing stress. In this therapy, the therapist manipulates the body’s muscles and sensitive tissues to relieve pain and tension and elevates muscle relaxation and manipulates the deeper layers of muscle. If the message is done using essential and warm oils then it will be more fruitful.
10. Laughter Therapy
Laughing is actually good for health. It not only reduces stress but it also improves one’s immune system and mood on a long-term basis. It is very hard to stay anxious when you are laughing so keep laughing when you are feeling stressed. You can also watch some funny videos and shows to divert your mind.
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