Tips for Reducing Stress

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Stress is something that affects every person and can have a debilitating effect on your personal health. One of the reasons for its effect on a person’s health is that they are unprepared to deal with this stress. It can make you sick both mentally and physically and it is important to recognize your stress and try and mange it. There are a number of different ways to reduce stress; here are five strategies for stress management:

  • Address your stressor. Whether it’s a person, a task, a job or an event, figure out what is causing your stress and acknowledge why it is troubling you. That alone can lighten the stress in your life and, if not, it is an essential first step to making you happier.

  • Exercise. When you exercise you release endorphins and endorphins make you feel good.  Apart from that, while we may not want to make the trek to the gym, when we do it and put in a good workout, you can’t deny that successful feeling that we crave.  

  • Yoga. Yoga is all about relaxing your mind and your body. The stretches are designed to help you relax and many people promote yoga as being a stress relieving activity.

  • Sleep.   Make sure you are getting your eight hours a night. You will have more energy and a better outlook on your day. Also, have a power nap through the day if you can/need to, it will give you that extra boost you may need to get you through the day.

  • Do something for yourself. Whether it’s splurging on a spa treatment, or just having a relaxing bubble bath, do something that you know will your mind. Music is a great thing to incorporate in this  “me time” as it will soothe you into relaxation. Go out with your friends and have a few laughs. Do anything and everything that you can think of that will lighten your mood.

Before anything else, remember to acknowledge what is stressing you out and then use these tips and anything else that works to relieve your stress. Don’t let the stress win, be positive and optimistic about making yourself happier. Life is too short to be stressed out.