Chronic stress is a major problem in our society today. This is backed up by claims from health experts who assert that many sicknesses and diseases are caused by chronic stress and worry. The negativity associated with stress really wreaks havoc on the physical and mental aspects of our nature. Haven’t you ever been so stressed out that you can feel your heart beat so strong or feel like your mind is going crazy? It’s not a good place to be and the good news is that there are simple ways you can manage your stress levels.
Here are 5 excellent stress reduction tips and techniques for you to utilize so that you can walk around happy, relaxed, and content day to day:
1. Learn the beauty of deep breathing. Talk to the meditation gurus who have tapped into extreme peace and joy and they will tell you that your breath is significantly more powerful than you think. Deep breathing does miraculous things to your body, as it relieves tension in your muscles and helps clear your cluttered mind. I’m sure you have heard people talk about how they felt better after taking a few deep breaths when they were all in a tizzy about something. We know deep breathing helps, but we usually don’t follow through with it. Begin today to commit to taking time each day to just sit or lie down and breathe deep for a few minutes. Or when you feel stressed throughout the day, take two or three deep breaths. Relax. Let the stress go.
2. Be optimistic. It’s easy to let the mind go to the negative when situations come, so you have to almost force yourself to become an optimist. Things are not always going to go your way, life is going to get busy sometimes, the boss will not be happy as often as you’d like, and you have a choice as to how you will respond: positively or negatively. Allow your thought life to be full of positive thoughts. If a negative thought comes, refuse to entertain it. Purposefully change that negative thought to something positive. You can retrain your brain to automatically think positive on a regular basis. Be optimistic!
3. Get those endorphins moving. Regular exercise is a wonderful way to reduce stress plus get fit at the same time. Maybe you’re stressed out because you are overweight and feel sluggish half the time. If you begin to exercise on a regular basis, your body will release endorphins, which are chemicals that give you a sense of well-being. Some people call them “happy chemicals”. Get those endorphins moving!
4. Slow down. Why are you in such a hurry? It might be because we live in a society that equates productiveness with busyness. It was Socrates that said, “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” What this means is that busy does not always mean productivity and it might mean that you are stressed to the gills. Slow down. Relax. Take some time to pamper yourself. Rejuvenate. Life is not a race; it’s a journey to be enjoyed.
5. Create a “not-to-do list. Scratch the “to-do” list and create a “not-to-do” list. Stop doing the things you absolutely do not NEED to do. They could be time wasters or things that stress you out that you could really live without! Maybe you can leave your iPhone at home sometimes so you don’t feel the need to check it every two minutes or perhaps you don’t have to engage in long, drawn out conversations with your neighbor that give you a headache. Figure out what you can stop doing in order to make your life more peaceful and give you back some of your valuable time.
Life is too short to be bogged down with anxiety and stress. Learn to relax and utilize these tips and techniques for stress reduction. After all, you are worthy of peace, joy, and much love!