If your life is feeling more complicated than it should be, or you’re constantly being asked “what’s wrong, Mary?” (Even though your name is, John) you might be in need of a good stress reliever.
Here’s ten ways to reduce stress and help you feel like a normal human person again.
15 Minutes Of Complete Silence
Nothing will reduce stress faster than completely shutting off all the noise in your life. Even a fifteen minute break from your cell phone, computer, crying children (or co-workers) can recharge your stress battery and make you feel better. Just find a quiet dark room, and sit there enjoying the silence for fifteen uninterrupted minutes. Use earplugs and a sleep mask for the full effect.
Spend Time With Friends
When it comes to happiness, it isn’t money or your professional life that tops the list. The relationships you have, and cherish, are at the top of the list of what makes people most happy. Spending time around your friends and family brings an expectation of comfort and freedom you don’t get from your co-workers or your boss.
Laugh & Smile More
Smiling is a physical habit that has emotional and mental connections. The mere act of smiling has shown to reduce stress, and it doesn’t even have to be about anything in particular. If you stare at the ceiling and smile for no reason whatsoever, the physical habit releases hormones that make you feel happier and reduces stress. So laugh and smile as much as possible.
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Don’t Try To Be Perfect
Striving for perfection doesn’t seem to be what raises your stress level. It’s the failure to live up to your expectations of perfection that cause mood and stress problems. You become irritable, moody, and even hostile.
Don’t Hold Onto Grudges
Trying to forget about an argument, or overlook a perceived slight from another person can prove incredibly difficult. It’s also shown to significantly increase stress which is bad for you heart health. You may think “getting even”, or never forgetting how someone wronged you is in your best interest, but it’s really not.
Reduce Daily Caffeine
It’s become a daily habit for millions of people. It isn’t about the caffeine anymore, it’s just what you do when you wake up. Grab a cup of coffee and start your day. While the caffeine can make you more alert it also elevates your stress hormones. Take a quick inventory of your daily caffeine consumption. You may be overloading with coffee, tea, and sodas.
Anything that gets your heart pumping like running, swimming, cycling, or basketball has proven to help reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
Eat A Balanced Diet
What you eat has a direct influence on your mood, anxiety and stress levels. You’ll want to eat a balanced diet with plenty of lean protein, fruit and whole grains. Try to limit the simple carbs you find in sugary foods which can spike your blood sugar and increase your risk of diabetes.
Improve Your Sleep Cycle
Getting a good nights sleep isn’t just about feeling rested each morning. The quality and quantity of your sleep has been linked to obesity, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. If you find yourself tossing and turning, or waking every few hours you might want to try some chamomile tea before heading off to bed.
Limit Alcohol Consumption
While it’s true moderate amounts of alcohol (one drink per day), has shown benefits to your heart and blood pressure, over consumption can lead to serious complications including heart failure. You may turn to alcohol to relieve stress once in a while, but it can actually increase your stress with prolonged health problems.
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