9 Tips to Reduce Stress
Everyone deals with stress. The process of stress management is developing healthier ways to cope with stress, lessening the effects of stress, and preventing stress from escalating more. One of the key reasons people need to learn effective stress management methods and techniques to deal with stress through healthier outlets and avoid the effects of stress on your body, mood, and behavior.
People often deal with stress in unhealthy ways. Individuals who deal with stress in non-effective methods often only experience temporary relief and worsen their stress or overall health in the long-run. Some forms of unhealthy stress outlets include the following:
- Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
- Withdrawing from support groups such as friends and family
- Misuse of medication and drugs to find relief
- Making themselves busy and procrastinating to avoid stress
- Sleeping too much
- Letting stress out on others through angry outbursts and physical violence
Stress also has many serious negative side-effects on the body, mood, and behavior of individuals. It is so dangerous because stress can even go unnoticed and the symptoms cannot always be easily traced back to the main cause.
Mayo Clinic states some effects of stress on the body include headache, muscle tension or pain, chest pain, fatigue, change in sex drive, upset stomach, and sleeping problems. Effects on one’s mood include anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation or focus, feeling overwhelmed, irritability or anger, and sadness or depression. Finally, effects on one’s behavior include overeating or undereating, angry outbursts, drug or alcohol abuse, tobacco use, social withdrawal, and exercising less often.
The 9 Tips to Reduce Stress
- Become more active and exercise more– any form of physical activity can help, release those endorphins and let your body thank you for it!
- Find ways to smile and laugh– doing this will trick your nervous system into releasing endorphins which help reduce stress causing hormones like cortisol.
- Eat a good diet– Stress and diet are connected. When we are stressed we often forget to make healthy food choices and use junk food as a temporary pick-me-up.
- Jam it out– Now, we don’t mean make some homemade jams (although that may work for some people). We mean listen to some music. Music has a profound effect our brain and mood. Calming music can very easily calm our body, thus reducing stress.
- Eat some chocolate– Wait, doesn’t this contradict #3 on our list? Not necessarily, in healthy amounts chocolate has been linked to activating feel-good chemicals within our brain which aide in stress relief.
- Keep a journal– We recommend using a journal to record what you are going through and dealing with. Doing this helps you meditate and reflect on what is stressing you out. Another helpful tip is to write about things that are positive. Once a day, try writing down something you are thankful for.
- Smell something nice– Noticing a common theme yet? Our physical senses are a gateway to body and minds. We have talked about chocolate and taste but now we are talking about smell. For example, certain scents such as lavender help reduce stress.
- Unplug, Shutdown, and Logoff– Try a media detox, this means disconnect yourself from your smart phone, TV, or computer for a little while. We promise, you will be able to survive without them. Some surprising research has been done indicating smartphones actually raise stress.
- Get some proper sleep– We are a “time-poor” society. Meaning we continually have less time while what we need to do increases. Finding time and planning to get a healthy amount of sleep can make all the difference when it comes to managing stress. Too little sleep can leave you feeling cranky and too much can leave you feeling slow and depressed. Finding a right balance of sleep means that you are well rested and ready for the day.
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