At one time or another we all feel stress. It’s a pretty well known fact that if we don’t deal with stress, it can build up and be both physically and mentally harmful to us. Thankfully, there are some steps we each can take in order to alleviate the stress that we feel so we can all live happier lives.
1. One way to alleviate stress is to write. You don’t need to be a journalist or an aspiring novelist to write down your feelings. Many people gain a feeling of catharsis just by writing down whatever comes to mind. You can write about what is bothering you or you can write about things that are calming to you. There are no rules. Just write, write, write.
2. Get some exercise. When you exercise you are focused on yourself and that fact that you’re doing something good for yourself. Also, by getting in some vigorous exercise, your body automatically calms itself down. If you’re not into a heavy lifting session at the gym you can simply go for a walk. Just get moving and your stress will start to disappear.
3. Do something fun. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s true. If you are engaged in an activity you enjoy you will be much less apt to think about the things that are stressing you out.
4. Call an old friend. How many times have you told yourself that you don’t keep in close enough contact with your friends from high school or college? The next time you’re stressed out, pick up the phone and call one of them. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel after a session of reliving the “good old days.”
5. Turn off your phone. We have become a society of people who have become too dependent on technology, particularly our phones. But, constantly checking our phones for missed calls, text messages, status updates, or any other type of data that may come through, starts to eat at us. Keep in mind that not everything needs to be addressed or responded to immediately. The simple task of turning your phone off, even for a brief time, can offer a strong sense of release and a reduction of stress.
6. Meditation has long been known as a great stress reliever. All you need to do is find a nice quiet place where you can focus on your own thoughts. Taking a few deep breaths and resetting your mindset can do wonders for your stress level.
7. Stress can sometimes be caused by our bodies being out of sync. You may find that the stress you’re feeling is being caused by pangs of hunger or thirst. If you’re feeling stressed, try drinking a glass of water or eating something light.
8. Listening to music can be a great stress reliever. Your best bet is to tune into some classical music or something else soothing, but any calming music you like will do to help chase the stress away.
9. Finding something to laugh at is another great way to combat stress. It’s difficult to be stressed-out and on-edge when you’re busy laughing at something. Also, laughing increases endorphins and decreases cortisol and adrenaline which are stress-causing hormones. So the next time you’re feeling stressed out, do something to make yourself laugh.
10. Finally, it may seem odd, but fixing your posture is a great and easy way to reduce stress. Simply by standing properly you can present an air of power and self-confidence that will automatically help to reduce your stress level.
Even though stress is inevitable, there are many easy ways to combat it head-on. So the next time you’re feeling like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, try one of these techniques, and you should find yourself singing a happy tune.