7 Effective ways to tame everyday stress

By on November 21, 2018

Stress is not always a bad thing—sometimes it can help you achieve positive outcomes in some situations. And some people work best under pressure.

Nothing motivates such people like a deadline that approaches fast and furious. No one can avoid stress entirely, though. The good thing is, a little stress occasionally won’t kill you.

Long-term stress, however, can lead to serious health issues while worsening existing conditions.

Here are 7 effective ways that help to reduce stress in the short- and long-term:

  1. Calm the Mind and Nerves with Yoga

Yoga might be a 5000-year old tradition, but it can decrease your stress right now. Yoga prepares you for deep meditation that provides various health benefits. Pranayama, a form of yoga that involves deep breathing, can help you decrease your stress right now. Studies show that yoga induces stress resilience, helping you manage stress effectively. You can read books on yoga. But working with a trainer seems like a better option.

  1. Practice gratitude journal

When you start feeling stressed out, spend a few minutes looking through your gratitude notes to remind yourself what really matters. Try keeping 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.

  1. Do Practice Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Progressive muscle relaxation, also known as PMR, is not only highly effective but also easy to learn. Many people use this technique to manage stress, insomnia, and even chronic pain. PMR is a kind of a “tense-and-release” relaxation technique. You can try it out now. Start by tightening a group of muscles. Then, allow a relaxation phase. At this point, release all the tension in your muscles. Repeat the process until you feel great again. It works. Doctors recommend it.

  1. Listen to Some Music

Listen to some calming music. Rock might not work best when it comes to calming you down. But go ahead and play whatever soothes your soul. Studies have shown that music relieves stress. It triggers “stress reducers” in your body, lowering your stress. Your favorite music is what you need when you’re getting over a stressful medical procedure.

  1. Laugh out loud

Now is the time to call that story-teller who makes you laugh your heart out. We all have a friend like that. Sometimes, they’re not a close friend. They’re just a guy you met at the local pub. Don’t have someone? You can quickly find tons of funny stuff on Facebook and other places online. Scientists recommend you should be laughing it off. So, laugh your lungs out. Release everything that threatens to diminish your happiness.

  1. Treat yourself and visit a spa

Show yourself some love — get a nice massage. Drive down to the local spa right now. Scientists find that a massage achieves more than just relieving pain. That rub could be all you need to reduce your stress at this time. You might have to make a little budgetary adjustment. But it’s all worth it in the end.

  1. Get Moving

It sounds simple. And it is. But it works. Instead of sitting in the coach and switching on the TV, take a stroll around the neighborhood. Walk briskly or jog. As you walk, your brain’s nerve cells are busy trying to relax your senses. One study showed that running mice were better able to handle stress. The Journal of Neural Science believes humans should experience the same effects if they get more active.

Overall, it may be said…

Although stress and anxiety may arise in both workplace and personal life, there are many simple ways to keep it under control by setting realistic expectations of yourself, learning how to keep problems in perspective, and enjoying relaxing breaks from the daily demands of life. Yes, stress is not completely bad, but you don’t want too much of it. Long-term stress can be detrimental to your overall health and rob you of your peace.

About Samantha Lippiatt

Samantha Lippiatt is an entrepreneur, healthy lifestyle advocate and co-founder of Australia’s first specialty wellness travel company www.healthandfitnesstravel.com.au Samantha has an unbridled enthusiasm for all things travel, health and fitness and is committed to providing healthy holidays options that not only enhance but change lives. Samantha’s goal is to bring wellness tourism into mainstream acceptance in Australia and showcase that taking care of yourself can be both a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.

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