Ways to Handle Stress

How to Reduce the Stress in Your Life

All of us are stressed from time to time, but we might not be aware how much it can harm our health until something serious occurs. Stress contributes to inflammation, which is associated with a number of chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular disease and arthritis.

If you feel particularly stressed, try the following and your you should see an improvement in your stress levels. They may not all be applicable to your particular situation but try them out and your will likely comes across some that will help you.

  • Meditate.

    Meditation is like a mini-vacation for the mind. Sit comfortably and close your eyes. You can then focus on your breathing, or empty your mind of all conscious thought.

  • Yoga.

    Yoga poses require concentration and therefore allow you to focus on other things besides how much you have to do each day. Sit in a quiet room alone and begin breathing exercises. You can also meditate as part of your practice.

  • Eat well.

    Ensure you eat three healthy meals a day, and skip the sugary snacks, which can trigger a sugar rush. Also try to avoid too much caffeine, which can put you on edge. Definitely avoid diet pills. They will make you jittery and can be bad for the heart.

  • Exercise regularly.

    Exercise relieves tension and produces a calming effect. Walking 20 to 30 minutes a day can help you de-stress, especially if you do it at the end of the day to unwind before getting on with the rest of your evening.

  • Sleep well.

    Sleep deprivation makes you struggle with the simplest tasks, which can lead to stress. Aim for 8 hours of sleep per night but no more than 9. Avoid sleeping pills as they can alter your chemistry and make you dependent and even more stressed feeling.

  • Don’t worry over minor things.

    Most of the things you worry about are really not the end of the world. Will you even remember them a year from now? If not, just relax.

  • Talk about the problems you are experiencing.

    A problem shared will often help to reduce how it impacts upon you. Spend quality time with friends or loved ones. If the issue is very serious, try talk therapy with professional. Keeping everything bottled up will likely increase your stress levels.

Your life can quite possibly be shortened by stress and so if your are under stress, try one or more of these strategies and hopefully they will improve your quality of life.

As always, consult a qualified medical practitioner if you are not able to manage stress yourself.

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