7 Ways To Combat Stress
By Brandi Monasco
Stress is something that everyone deals with from time to time. Life is full of deadlines, frustrations, demands and so many other things that you deal with on a daily basis that can cause you to become overwhelmed and stressed out.
Sometimes stress is not always bad, such as when you are on a tight deadline for a project; you might have a little more motivation to get it done. But when you are stressed day in and day out, that is when it can become dangerous and needs to be taken care of sooner than later.
Being constantly stressed can damage your health, your mood and your quality of life. It can cause you to gain weight, have fainting spells and headaches, cause you to have difficulties sleeping and can increase your chances of having a heart attack later on in life.
Stress is something that you just cannot avoid because it will always be there. There will always be something in your life that stresses you out. Instead of trying to run away from it or suppress it, learn how to manage it and how to easily combat it every time it strikes.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Get A New Attitude. Easier said than done. But the way you have to look at it is just changing the way that you think. Most of our problems are not because of the problem itself, but because of how we react to the problem. Try viewing a difficult work task as something that you can use to improve your work skills or learn something new. Try taking those challenges and turning them into something positive for your life.
- Think Positively. This goes along with getting a new attitude. Thinking positively can make a major impact on your stress levels and how you perceive problems. Eventually, something that you might have found to be a big issue, suddenly will not be that big at all.
- Use Affirmations. Have a list of small chants or sayings that you can use to calm yourself when you are feeling stressed. It can be something as little as “I can handle this, I can do this.” Use anything that you feel will calm you down and pull you away from the symptoms of stress.
- Count To 10. If you are getting completely overwhelmed, stop what you are doing and count to 10. Take a deep breath in, hold it and then slowly let it out. Do this a few times while you count to 10.
- Get Moving. Getting exercise is a great way to relieve and manage your stress levels. Try taking a quick 10 or 15 minute walk around the block or the park. Exercise releases endorphins, which make you feel happier and more calm.
- Set Aside Time To Relax Each Day. And stick to it! Make sure that you have enough time to set aside for yourself whether it is to do yoga, meditate, or even take a bubble bath.
- Soak In A Bath. Speaking of bubble baths, when you soak in hot water, the heat restores circulation to your extremities, which is normally reduced when you are stressed. The warmth of the water tells your body that it is okay to relax and it does just so. Try adding Epsom salts in your bath water for an even more relaxing experience.
Give one or all of these ideas a try when you feel that stress is getting the best of you. Do you have any favorite stress relieving techniques? Share with us in the comments below!
Source: The Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies. (2009). New York, NY: Rodale.
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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