We all get stressed from time to time. Mounting work pressures and juggling the many commitments of modern life, leaves us with frayed nerves, greying hair, and will lead to an early grave for an unlucky few. And I’m sorry, but…
I’ve got BAD NEWS.
Stress isn’t going anywhere. It’s here for the long haul. It comes with living in fast-paced, modernsociety.
But life is too precious and too short tospend jacked full of cortisone.Although beneficial for productivity in the short term, stress is not good for our long-term health.
Stress has to be managed.
You need to be conscious of your stress levels and learn to relax. If you’re in need of a moment of calm, here are ten top tips to destress and reclaim your tranquillity.
1. Breathe Deeply
It’s amazing what a deep breath can do when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Slow, deep breathing will calm your nervous system and lower your heart rate.
No matter how busy you are, you always have time to take a moment to yourself.
Close your eyes,inhale deeply through your nose, exhale slowly through your mouth,and savour the release of tension and your new found clarity.
2. Daily Meditation
Hailed as the key to inner peace, happiness, and stress relief, it’s a wonder why we don’t meditate more often.Meditation has existed for thousands of years and many swear by it for a peaceful, worry-free life.
It’s easy to get started. Find a quiet place, get comfortable, and then focus only on your breathing for five minutes. Don’t allow any other thoughts to enter your head. If you get distracted, just block the thought, and get back to concentrating on your breathing.
Be aware of EACH. SINGLE. BREATH.
A good belly laugh can make your troubles disappear in an instant. Laughing and smiling put your nervous system and subconscious mind at ease. Laughing releases feel-good endorphins while simultaneously lowering the chemicals associated with stress.
Stress-defeating laughs can’t be faked. Do things that make you happy and surround yourself with the people that make you smile, and you’ll find it happens naturally.
4. Hit Something
Notice I didn’t say someone. We’re not advocating you start a fight. Instead, release your anger and frustrations on the punch bag.
Boxing is a great stress reliever as well as an excellent way to get fit. Hitting the heavy bag for just 20 minutes a day will shred a ton of calories and tone every muscle in your body.
Boxing training can be done at home, giving those with busy schedules the flexibility to work out whenever they want. It’s also relatively inexpensive to get started. All you need is some comfortable clothes, apunch bag, and a good set of gloves.
5. Live in the Moment
Stress is often caused by worrying about a future event. We dwell on our troubles, think of every possible negative outcome, and anticipate the worst.
A lot of the time, our concerns amount to nothing, and we end up wasting all that energy on pointless worries.
Save yourself the torment by choosing to focus only on the here and now. Mindfulness and living in the present moment can be a hard nut to crack, but it’s worth persevering as it leads to increased relaxation and true, deep-rooted happiness.
6. Practice Gratitude
An attitude of gratitude can be cultivated by focusing on the good things in your life and being thankful for the wonderful abundance all around you.
Everyone can think of something in their life to be thankful for. The simple fact of being alive and experiencing the magic of life is something to be grateful for.
Remind yourself of everything you have going for you, and you’ll have no reason to be stressed.
7. Take a Bath
Baths put your mind and body at ease. You can’t help but relax in the warm, soapy water and become lost in your own mind.
If you’re in need of some serious R&R, add a sprinkle ofEpsom salts to relax your muscles, and light a lavender candle to calm your nerves. Then, ensure you get the mood just right and…
8. Put on the Tunes
Music has an uncanny ability to break our thought patterns and lift our mood. Classical music is hailed for its calming effect, but if symphony orchestras aren’t your thing, something upbeat that you enjoy will do the trick.
9. Drink Chamomile Tea
Chamomile is one of the most commonly used natural remedies in the world and has been used to combat anxiety for thousands of years. Chamomile tea is soothing and calming, and when mixed with a teaspoonful of honey, it makes a delicious beverage.
In addition to its natural calming properties, the simple act of taking fifteen minutes to brew a tea and sit down and enjoy it, will help to momentarily disengage from a hectic lifestyle.
10. Chat with a Friend
The worry monster can turn minor events into catastrophes that keep us up all night. Cycling through your worries in your head only magnifies them.
One of the best solutions to overcoming worry, is to voice your concerns to a close friend or family member.
An outsiders viewpoint can give you a more optimistic angle, make you realise your problems aren’t that bad, or reassure you that plenty of people have went through what you’re going through and have lived to tell the tale.
Some people are naturally the happy-go-lucky types, but being so carefree doesn’t sit well with the vast majority of us.
Dealing with stress is often a case of acknowledging it, and putting actions in place to deal with it.
Don’t let stress take over your life.
Take time out to yourself and pause every once in a while to reflect and decompress.
As Ferris Bueller eloquently said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it.”