10 Steps to Reduce Your Stress

REDUCE STRESS & FEEL REJUVENATED

Whether it’s a tight deadline at work, a colicky baby or an argument with your partner, stress is part of life. Although some stress actually can help you focus and be more productive, too much stress is not good for your physical or mental health. While it’s impossible to eliminate all stress from your life, there are steps you can take to reduce your stress level and live a calmer life.

RECOGNIZE YOUR STRESSORS

Not all stressors can be eliminated completely. For example, you may not be able to quit your job or speed up traffic. But once you recognize what is causing the most stress in your life, you may be able to make some adjustments. For instance, consider learning to say no to extra projects or taking on more than you can handle.

EXERCISE REGULARLY

Not all stressors can be eliminated completely. For example, you may not be able to quit your job or speed up traffic. But once you recognize what is causing the most stress in your life, you may be able to make some adjustments. For instance, consider learning to say no to extra projects or taking on more than you can handle.

EXERCISE REGULARLY

Not all stressors can be eliminated completely. For example, you may not be able to quit your job or speed up traffic. But once you recognize what is causing the most stress in your life, you may be able to make some adjustments. For instance, consider learning to say no to extra projects or taking on more than you can handle.

GET ORGANIZED

It’s easy to get stressed if you’re disorganized. Make your life simpler by organizing your home, work life and schedule. Start by de-cluttering your home, which makes finding things easier and reduces distractions.

BE SOCIAL

Most people need a sense of connection to others. Spending time with friends and family can help you gain perspective and feel supported, which in turn may help fight stress. Having a laugh with a good friend may be better than any anti anxiety medication.

CUT OUT UNHEALTHY HABITS

If you have unhealthy habits, such as skipping meals, smoking or skimping on sleep, you could be increasing your stress meter. Think about the last time you were sleep deprived. Your patience goes down while your stress goes up.

LEARN RELAXATION TECHNIQUES

Even if you try to decrease stress, it sometimes has a way of creeping up on you. But you can learn ways to reverse your stress response. For a quick stress buster, take a few slow deep breaths. Focusing on your breathing can help slow your heart rate and prevent stress from taking over. Additional relaxation techniques, which are helpful to reduce stress include visualization and meditation.

LET IT OUT

If you’re feeling stressed, talk it over with someone you trust. Just getting it out and venting may be enough to make you feel better. In other instances, a good cry may relieve stress. The bottom line is always keeping your feelings to yourself may not be the best way to deal with stress. If stress seems to be decreasing your quality of life, it may be time to consider professional help. A counsellor or therapist can help you develop ways to live a more relaxed and peaceful life.

EAT HEALTHILY

Getting the nutrients your body needs is good for your overall physical and mental health. Eating the right vitamins and minerals supports your nervous system and helps you deal with stress better. Healthy eating also includes limiting excess caffeine, sugar and alcohol, which can all make stress worse in the long run.

PAMPER YOURSELF A BIT

Getting the nutrients your body needs is good for your overall physical and mental health. Eating the right vitamins and minerals supports your nervous system and helps you deal with stress better. Healthy eating also includes limiting excess caffeine, sugar and alcohol, which can all make stress worse in the long run.

CARVE OUT DOWNTIME

Everyone needs a little downtime to have fun and relax. Regardless of how busy you are; you need to find time to unwind. Whether you pursue a hobby, hang out with friends or just do nothing at all, downtime is a must to decrease stress.


 

Author: MaryAnn DePietro
Author Bio: A health and fitness writer with 13 years’ experience, MaryAnn has been extensively published in magazines, newspapers and websites. Her work has appeared on websites, such as Healthline, Symptom Find, Livestrong and Modern Moms. MaryAnn earned degrees in both respiratory therapy at American River College in Sacramento and rehabilitation education at Penn State University. MaryAnn lives in northern California where she trains for 10K marathons, plays golf and hangs out with her husband and son.