Stress invades people’s lives all the time, even daily for some. As a result, dealing with stress in life gets hard and makes it difficult to juggle all the things that are thrown at us. First off, it’s imperative that we get our stress levels under control.
Elevated levels of stress are toxic to the human body. Stress can cause heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.
Decrease your levels by follow these simple steps.
1. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine. Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants and do not decrease your levels of stress; they increase them. Alcohol is a depressant in large amounts and a stimulant in small amounts, making it bad for you to take as a way of relieving stress.
Water and herbal tea are two of the best alternatives.
Motion Creates Emotion
2. Try taking part in physical activity. Stress releases hormones in your body known as adrenaline and cortisol. Releasing some of these hormones can help your stress levels to go down.
Take a Snooze
3. Get more sleep. Not getting enough sleep is a direct correlation to high stress levels. This sometimes prevents us from relaxing enough to fall asleep. Take a warm bath or read. Go to bed at roughly the same time every night. This creates a routine for you to follow, naturally decreasing your levels.
4. Try relaxation techniques. Every day, try a different stress-reducing technique. You can try self-hypnosis as this is very simple and easy to do anywhere. Don’t worry if these relaxation tips don’t work right off the bat. Relaxation is a skill that takes time to master.
Talk to a Friend
5. Talk to someone you trust and who can help. Letting someone know how you feel is a great way to reduce your stress. Many people have said that it’s like a weight being lifted off their shoulders. It can cloud our mind and prevent us from thinking clearly. Talking through your situation with someone can help you figure out a solution to what you’re stressing about.
Write it Down
6. Keep a stress diary. Keeping a diary and writing down your thoughts and emotions will help you become more aware of what you’re feeling. Write down the date and place the stressful event occurred. Most noteworthy, be sure and write what you were doing and how you felt, emotionally and physically.
7. Manage your time. With a schedule to follow you can ensure that you get all of your important tasks done in a timely manner. Having all your work done on time will help to decrease some stress.
Just Say No
8. Learn to say “No”. It’s easy to believe that you have all the time in the world and can juggle one more thing in your life. There’s only a certain amount of hours in a day, making it hard to get multiple things done.
Take care of yourself. Dealing with stress is manageable. Worry will not change anything.