Stress affects us all in different ways, at different times, at different degrees and for different reasons. It can be relatively mundane or due to a larger cause. In any case, it is important to try to reduce stress, otherwise it may become uncontrollable and affect your health. Here are six quick tips that can help you reduce and manage your stress. I hope they will be useful to you.
1.Have a You Day
This may seem obvious – we all need a little time to isolate ourselves in order to try to get away from things for a while.
Life is hard enough with all the demands it imposes on us, which in turn can cause stress when life takes over.
Make a conscious effort to share some time for YOU.
No distractions, turn off the laptop, turn off the cell phone – your time is for YOU – no one else.
Then do what you want to do to feel happy and less stressed.
It can be reading a book, listening to your favorite music, relaxing.
Find time to turn off your laptop for a while and you’ll feel better about it.
2.Your Happy Place
Another tip to quickly reduce stress is to imagine yourself in a happy place when things get tough.
We all have one (or maybe several) – imagine you’re there and how you feel.
This is sometimes referred to as guided imaging, which has been around for hundreds of years.
If you want to get serious, there are therapists and guided imaging practitioners that you can consult.
You can also buy books and guided imaging CDs.
And of course, there’s the good old YouTube for videos.
Guided imaging goes hand in hand with meditation, which is another technique to help reduce and manage stress.
3.Clean and De-Clutter
A clean, tidy house (as silly as it sounds) can help reduce and manage stress.
Sift through everything you have and identify what you need, what’s valuable to you and what doesn’t – be brutal – what you can do without.
Anything you can do without or no longer need can be sold online or donated to charity.
Then clean the house – not necessarily all of a sudden (you can do it if you want of course) – maybe one room at a time.
Just cleaning up will stimulate hormones that will help you feel good.
To help you pass the time while you’re cleaning, put on your favorite CD.
A clean, tidy house also makes you feel better, doesn’t it?
Now that you’ve decluttered and cleaned the house, it’s time to do the same for your digital life.
Emails, social media, pressure for instant responses, more amateurs, more Twitter followers and keeping control of it all can be stressful in itself, right?
So do a cleansing and decluttering your digital life.
Remove from email lists that you don’t need to be registered with.
Turn off notifications, changes and similar items you don’t need.
Book specific times of the day to check your emails instead of constantly checking them (this doesn’t apply to business emails, of course).
And turn it off (or at least silently) before you go to bed, because you don’t need to be woken up all night by emails coming in and social media changes popping up.
This stress reduction trick matches the “happy place” trick we examined earlier.
The right type of sound can help you relax and reduce your stress.
Just like closing your eyes and getting to a nice place, listening to a relaxing sound for a while can have the same effect.
It can be bird songs, waterfalls, gentle wave snaps, whale songs and other similar sounds – all that’s right for you.
A large number of CDs of relaxing sounds, streaming and downloads are available everywhere.
Plug in, listen, relax and feel the stress leave you.
A little meditation can go a long way to reducing stress and improving your overall state of mind.
It can be as simple as sitting down, emptying your mind and doing repeated deep breaths.
For four seconds to fill your lungs, hold your breath, exhale slowly and repeat for a few minutes.
It’s a bit like you’re in your place of happiness that we talked about earlier.
If you want to start meditation and have a smartphone, you can download many meditation apps.
And of course, you can also download books, videos, etc.
In addition to helping to reduce stress, meditation can help combat anxiety, depression and high blood pressure.
Start now. Take action. One step at a time. Don’t put off
There is no right or wrong order to try these stress reduction tips. See which job is best for you.
Feeling Stressed – Do This First
There are so many causes of stress these days. It can often invade us without anyone noticing or it can be a major crisis due to a perhaps unpleasant event.
Whatever the cause of our stress, it is important that we try to overcome it and take steps to reduce it. There are all kinds of ways and methods to manage and reduce stress that alone can turn your head – but what do you do in the first place?
Here’s the first step when you’re feeling stressed for some reason – just take a moment to think about it and identify exactly what’s bothering you. Be as specific as possible.
Write your thoughts on a piece of paper, on your mobile device, on your laptop or anywhere. What causes stress, why do you feel stressed, what can you do about it?
Just taking this step alone allows you to start managing and trying to reduce your stress level.
Cut it into pieces and tackle it one by one, starting with what you think is the easiest.
When you start putting into practice the measures you have written to help you control your stress, add them to your notes as well. This will give you a valuable visual tool that you can use over and over again to see what you are doing and how effective your action is.
You’ll be surprised at how just writing things helps you free yourself from the weight of your mind. Especially at bedtime if the stress keeps you awake.
When you scratch the little things, you can move on to anything that causes you a higher level of stress. Again, check your notes and add them by breaking them down in concrete steps.
As you take measurements based on your grades, you should start to regain control, feel better, and reduce and manage your stress.
In many aspects of our lives, simple measures are often the most effective. Identify the origin of the problem and what you can do to prevent it from becoming step one. Stress reduction and management are no different.
Start now. There must be something that stresses you to some degree. Take a pen and paper, an iPad, a laptop and write.
There is no right or wrong order – just take note of it. What bothers you, why and what you’re going to do.
It’s just a technique to manage stress. There are many others.