Do you deal with unwanted stress? For many of us, stress can affect our day to day lives- and we may be unaware of it. Learning how to prevent it, and ways to help release it can do wonders for our mental and physical health, improve our relationships and result in an overall happier life.
First things first, recognize that stress is completely normal. In fact, it’s a regular part of life. However, it is important not to let it get out of control, or diminish your quality of life. When you experience high levels of stress, it means your body is experiencing high levels of cortisol- which can physically damage your body overtime. So, how do you recognize when your stress levels are too high? If you’re having trouble sleeping, experiencing loss of appetite or finding your thoughts overburdened, it’s time to take action. Here are some simple ways to help reduce and prevent stress in your life.
Get regular exercise. Besides just staying fit, regular exercise is good for the soul. When you get your body moving, endorphins are released, which help to clear your mind and improve your mood. You don’t have to run or lift weights- any kind of activity that you enjoy and gets your heart rate up is just fine!
Try meditation. Meditation is known for calming your mind. Even just five minutes of meditation encourages you to release your worries and simply relax… just breathe! Deep breathing allows more oxygen to reach your brain, which has been proven to “nourish” your brain. Meditation has been shown to be a form of deep rest, which we could all use a little more of.
Talk it out. It is often underestimated just how much talking to someone else about your struggles can help you feel better. Whether it’s a friend or a therapist… simply emptying your brain and voicing your thoughts can be healing in and of itself. Remember, the ones you love are there to support you! However, if you feel like you need a professional opinion, seek out a therapist.
Look out for yourself. While work can get hectic at times, it’s important to remember not to take on more than you can handle. Ensure that on a regular basis you’re able to complete your work, and maintain time for family and friends, relaxation and other activities you enjoy. Above all, make sure you’re getting enough sleep. An adult needs approximately eight hours of sleep to function properly. Any less and you could be slowly damaging your brain overtime, lowering your ability to focus and be productive.
Relax, and take it one day at a time. Begin by trying to implement some of these techniques into your life, and watch your life begin to change!