5 Healthy Ways to Reduce Stress In Your Life

5 healthy Ways to Reduce Stress

Feeling at the end of your rope with the never ending chaos of life? Here are 5 healthy ways to reduce stress in your life.

Stress is one of the most common health concerns. With busy schedules and a decreased ability to unplug from demands through technology, adults are more overworked and stressed out than ever. Occasional stress is normal, but frequent, long-term stress can interfere with your life and even take a toll on your health. Learn five ways to cope with stress to help stave off the negative effects.

Get Some Shut-eye

Women who get enough sleep are less likely to feel stressed out than those who run on fumes. A lack of sleep decreases your lack of judgment, increasing the likelihood of anger and frustration over minor occurrences. Unfortunately, catching up on sleep during the weekends is not enough: the Mayo Clinic recommends between seven and eight hours of sleep every night to maintain a more restful and positive state of mind. Also, feel free to take a short nap on an extra stressful day; you will likely wake up feeling more prepared to tackle problems. If you suffer from chronic stress-related insomnia, try this.

Learn to Relax

When you’re stressed out beyond belief, relaxing can seem impossible. However, regular periods of relaxation are the ticket to long-term stress management. Relaxing takes your mind away from the things that stress you out, and refocuses it to the present and how your body feels in the moment. Some popular relaxation techniques include meditation, aromatherapy, massage and yoga. There is no right or wrong way to relax—you can even spend five minutes a day closing your eyes at your desk.

Get Moving

Physical activity offers a range of benefits for your body, including your brain. It’s no surprise that athletes tend to have better mental health states than adults who are sedentary. Exercise increases brain function while also boosting your mood. When you do encounter stressful situations, you’re more likely to handle them better if you work out regularly. Ironically, exercising and frequent movement also makes it easier to relax and sleep at night, thereby reducing other triggers of stress.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, a daily 30-minute walk may be enough to manage stress. Even a slow-paced walk can help, as long as you’re moving steadily. To gain the most consistent benefits of walking as exercise, make sure you walk 30 minutes every day. If you can’t block off 30 minutes at a time, break it up into smaller increments. Sitting down at a desk can increase sleepiness and moodiness, so make it a point to stand up and walk around at least once an hour.

Revisit Your Social Life

It’s difficult making time for social activities with a busy schedule. Aside from missing out on time spent with friends, socializing actually reduces stress. Conversations can act as an outlet for everyday frustrations, but this is also a good practice for your overall mental well-being. With that being said, it’s important to surround yourself with positive friends, co-workers and acquaintances—not those who will stress you out even more.

Staying in touch doesn’t necessarily have to translate to a social call. Reaching out to others for help when you’ve reached your limit can drastically improve anxiety. To battle long-term stress and feelings of the blues, try out a new activity. This can be something challenging, such as training for a marathon, or even a less strenuous activity like scrapbooking. Sharing a new hobby with others is a bonus.

Decrease Daily Responsibilities

One of the most common reasons why people are stressed is because they have too much on their plates. Cutting down on responsibilities may seem impossible, but it’s important to delegate obligations when you can. Doing so can leave you with more time to complete the other four stress-busting tips. Consider asking someone to help you with doing chores, making dinner, walking the dog or taking the kids out. Try not to feel guilty: you are trying to get healthier so you can be less stressed for your loved ones.

Reducing stress is the key to a more relaxed, joyful and healthy life. However, coping skills may prove futile unless you can first identify the triggers of stress. It may be helpful to keep a journal to identify when and why you become stressed.

If you implement these 5 ways to reduce stress and you still feel overwhelmed, reach out to a mental health professional for help.

About Darlene

Darlene is passionate and enthusiastic about helping women simplify their lives, develop stress resilience, regain balance, and find happiness, despite the personal storms life throws at them. She has published a popular series of stress management books which focus on simple, practical and healthy stress relief strategies, as well as provide FREE resources and services that help women become more stress-resilient.

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