Many people have a tendency to get overwhelmed and stressed. This stress occurs for a variety of reasons (circumstances, personality, pressure, etc.) Sometimes it can be almost impossible to get rid of stress. Fortunately, there are certain activities and choices that reduce stress and promote a healthier lifestyle. The following fifteen suggestions are great ways to reduce stress.
Ways To Reduce Stress:
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1 – Meditation and Breathing Exercises
First, try meditation or breathing exercises. These activities promote a healthier mind and increase a person’s emotional health. Yoga, in particular, is a great meditative activity that can significantly combat stress.
2 – Do Something That You Love
Next, make time to do something you love. Too often, life is filled with responsibilities and work. These activities, while important, can increase stress. Those who make time for activities that make them happy have an easier time reducing their stress and coping with life’s challenges.
3 – Spend Time Outside
Spending time outside is another way to reduce stress. Lounge in the sun or breathe some fresh air. These activities will allow you to distress and acquire some much-needed vitamin D.
4 – Service
Service also allows people to decrease their stress. Even better, there are a variety of service opportunities.
Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
Visit a friend in need.
Clean up the neighborhood.
Even the simplest acts of service can help people to forget about their stress and focus on others.
5 – Exercise
Furthermore, make time to exercise. Physical activity is one of the best options to reduce stress. It eliminates harmful, stress-causing toxins in the body. In addition, exercise can also be rejuvenating to the mind and body.
6 – Relax
Sometimes relaxation is the best cure for stress. It is important to take a break from time to time. Relaxation promotes balance and often allows people to gain perspective that minimizes their stress.
7 – Turn Off The Phone And Computer
Another stress reducing solution is to turn of the phone and computer. These two technologies, while beneficial, often result in added stress. On occasion, it is nice to pull the plug and find joy in the simpler things of life.
8 – Spend Time With Positive People
When stressed, it is particularly beneficial to spend time with positive people. Those who are negative can increase stress. Optimistic people help minimize the stress and are often more proactive at overcoming challenges that cause stress.
9 – Learn To Say No
In addition, everyone needs to learn to say no occasionally. Taking on too much can be exhausting and particularly stressful. It is completely ok to realize that you simply cannot do it all. Learn to say no and find joy and power in doing so.
10 – Stop Procrastinating
Next, stop procrastinating. Determine now to do things today instead of waiting until tomorrow. Procrastination leads to stress and also causes discouragement.
Those who are stressed also need to find time to laugh. Sometimes laughter truly is the best medicine. It can provide a temporary escape from stressful situations. Even better, it allows people to find joy in the simpler aspects of life.
12 – Think Positively
Positive thinking is another way to reduce stress. A can-do attitude enables people to overcome even the biggest stresses. Negativity only hinders progress and makes life even more stressful.
13 – Listen To Uplifting Music
Listening to uplifting music is another activity that can reduce stress. This uplifting music can be found anywhere – at home, online, or in the car. Good music can help you develop a happy tune that will anchor you during life’s challenges.
14 – Stay Healthy
Furthermore, make sure to focus on healthy living. Go to the doctor regularly and make healthy decisions. In particular, focus on developing a healthy mind that can enable you to overcome trials and handle the stress that comes your way.
15 – Forget About Yesterday
Finally, forget about what happened yesterday. Many people waste too much time, stress, and energy on the past. Remember that you cannot change the past; however, you can change tomorrow. This mentality allows you to minimize your stress, and it allows you to realign your priorities.
Everyone has stress. It comes in all shapes and sizes- even parenting stress. Fortunately, stress can be reduced with the right activities and choices. Those who learn to reduce and control their stress are often healthier and happier.
Guest post by Missy who writes for Solstice Med – she loves to write about health, diet and fitness topics.