Today, stress is one of the major causes of medical health problems. Due to its ability to affect sleep cycles and eating habits, stress can trigger depression that would usually lead to inactivity and low metabolism. In addition, stress is like an oppressive master that dominates your existence as well as ruins your enjoyment of life.
Are you having problems reducing your stress levels? If so, here are some ways that can help you reduce stress:
- Regular exercise is a superb way of dealing with anxiety, depression and stress. During exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins into your blood stream, which makes you feel good and ultimately, happy. Additionally, exercise provides you opportunities to be distracted from your problems.
- Pamper yourself with activities that can help reduce stress levels. If you feel that you are stressed out, do something relaxing – make an appointment with your favourite massage parlour, attend a yoga workshop (or Google positions and techniques and do it at home) or consider spa treatments and aromatherapy sessions. The list is endless so pick something you really like.
- Whenever you are stressed out, it’s best for you to retreat to your imaginary “happy place”. Through imagination, you will be able to relieve stress without going anywhere or doing anything. If you feel that you’re stressed out, just lean back in your chair, close your eyes and fly to a place of pure happiness through nothing but your thoughts – whether it’s a sunny island in the Pacific Ocean or a sweet moment back in time with your loved ones.
- Another great way to alleviate stress is to get together with friends or spend quality time with family. With the help of the Internet and social networking websites, you can easily plan a meet-up or a gathering that would help you interact regularly with your friends and family members.
- Listening to soothing and relaxing music helps one to relieve stress. Let your troubles of the day float away by playing some soothing music such as jazz, instrumentals and inspirational songs.
- Laughter really is the best medicine for anxiety and stress. Laughter not only helps lighten the mood, but it also makes you physically healthy. Research has shown that laughter helps boost the immune system, protects the heart and gives you a mini work-out with all that contraction action of the abdominal muscles!
- Make a list. You’ll be surprised how this small action can help. Sometimes you’re stressed not because of the situations at hand, but because you have TOO much going on at one go. These tasks may be easy but, too much means it’s too much. List down everything you’re worried about and take one good look at that list when you’re done. Prioritise things, set your own deadlines, cross out those that aren’t worth stressing over and see how you feel afterwards!
- Sleep for at least seven hours a day. Lack of sleep affects your mood and it also increases stress levels. If you sleep for the recommended number of hours, chances are you will be happier, healthier and more productive at work.