We live in a world where it’s easy for us to be overwhelmed by all the problems, responsibilities and concerns of our day-to-day lives. Naturally, our bodies respond to this through stress, but if left unchecked, can damage us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Life can certainly be difficult, but it doesn’t mean that we should allow stress to get the better of us. In this article, we’d like to share 10 simple ways to eliminate stress from your life.
10 Ways To Eliminate Stress From Your Life
1. Identify stressors – This is the most important step of all, as identifying the things that stress you out in your life is the first step towards eliminating them. Take 10 minutes to think about what stresses you out every week during the day (people, activities, etc.), Make a Top 10 list, and see which of them can be eliminated, and start to weed them out. For those that can’t, find ways to make them less stressful.
2. Slow down – Instead of rushing through life, learn to take things slow. Enjoy your food, enjoy the people around you, enjoy nature. This step alone can save tons of stress.
3. Relax throughout the day – Taking mini-breaks during your work day is important. Life doesn’t have to be all about productivity. Stop what you’re doing for a while, massage your shoulders and neck and head and hands and arms, get up and stretch, walk around, drink some water. Go outside and appreciate the fresh air and the beautiful sky. Talk to someone positive in your life. Take note, however; you should also avoid using online activity too much as your de-stressing activity.
4. Meditate – A few minutes of practice per day can help ease anxiety. It’s simple. Sit up straight with both feet on the floor. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on reciting — out loud or silently — a positive mantra such as “I feel at peace” or “I love myself.” Place one hand on your belly to sync the mantra with your breaths. Let any distracting thoughts float by like the clouds.
5. Exercise – This is common advice for stress relief, and that’s because it works … but it’s also a stress prevention method. Exercising helps relieve the stress build up, it gives you some quiet time to contemplate and relax, and just as importantly, it makes you healthy. A healthier person is better equipped to handle stress.
6. Eat healthy – This goes hand-in-hand with exercise as a stress prevention method, of course. Become healthier, and a major source of stress will disappear. Also, try to avoid greasy food, as it can put you in a worse mood (both physically and emotionally) and can contribute to stress levels immediately.
7. Be grateful – Keep a gratitude journal or several (one by your bed, one in your purse, and one at work) to help you remember all the things that are good in your life. Use these journals to savor positive experiences like a child’s smile, a sunshine-filled day, and good health. Don’t forget to celebrate accomplishments like mastering a new task at work or a new hobby.
8. Read a book – Often, when we work, our minds are juggling so many different things at once. We move between cell phone, laptop, desktop, conversations, etc. We never really slow down enough during the day to focus on just one thing for any length of time. Reading a book forces you to do that. Stop. Focus. Read something with some depth and do not check your phone after every three sentences (because that defeats the whole purpose). Stop and focus on one thing for a few minutes. You’ll be amazed at how calming it is.
9. Listen to music – Research shows that listening to soothing music can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety. Cathy Benninger, a nurse practitioner and assistant professor at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, suggests that you should “create a playlist of songs or nature sounds (the ocean, a bubbling brook, birds chirping), and allow your mind to focus on the different melodies, instruments, or singers in the piece”.
10. Negativity is a choice – It’s an unfortunate choice that has become increasingly easy to make the more anonymous our interactions with people become. The simple solution? Learn these two words and make them your mantra when pointless things have you all worked up for nothing: “Oh well.” Really, it’s that simple. Even if you don’t mean it, say it anyway. Training your brain to push out the negativity will eventually make it a more natural, controllable first reaction.
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