- Mental Health
15 ways to reduce stress
15 Ways To Reduce Stress
1. Practice mindfulness: Instead of worrying about tomorrow’s checkup while you have dinner with your family, focus on – the food, the company and the conversation.
2. Laugh out loud: Just anticipating a happy, funny event can raise levels of endorphins and other pleasure inducing hormones and lowers the production of stress hormones.
3. Go to sleep: Getting into bed early with one good book can do more for your mood.
4. Just say no: Avoid the activities which are unnecessary and that you don’t enjoy. If you are feeling stressed by the thought of the commitment done by you, step down and let someone else handle things.
5. Make a list: Organize your thoughts and calm down your anxiety. Make a list of tasks which are important and another list of tasks which you want to avoid. Checking the list provides a great sense of fulfillment.
6. Do one thing at a time: Don’t handle multiple tasks at a time. Instead of talking on the phone while you clean the kitchen, sit down in a comfortable place and turn your attention to the conversation.
7. Give priority to close relationships: Share your feelings with your family members and friends. This also maintains a good relationship with your family and friends.
8. Spend time alone: Sometimes you need time to recharge and reflect. Simply spend an afternoon reading, browsing or by developing some hobby.
9. Ignore the stock market: Don’t check the stock market regularly. Time heals most of the financial wounds, so give your investments time – and give yourself a break.
10. Turn out the news: Go without reading the newspaper or watching the news for a week. Take a vacation from the misery we are exposed to everyday via media and use that time to walk, a meditation or some exercise.
11. Track your time: Write down the things you do and rank it on a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of what gives you the most pleasure. The next day try to make sure the scales tip in favor of those things that satisfy you.
12. Learn to forgive: Forget the hurtful memories and grudges. Once people forgive those who have hurt them, they often speak of feeling a weight lifted, feeling “lighter” and at peace. People who forgive develop an optimistic attitude towards life.
13. Act happy: Talk to others as if you feel positive, outgoing, and optimistic. Going through the motions often help trigger the emotions. “We can act ourselves into a frame of mind” says David Myers, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.
14. Don’t take personally: Rather than viewing setbacks as signs of your own incapability, view them as signals that a new approach is required. This doesn’t mean that you never accept the blame, learn from your mistake, and move on, rather than dwelling on the experience.
15. Schedule some fun: As you schedule your appointment with your doctor, schedule some fun time. Try to plan a pleasurableactivity at least once a week. Don’t forget to put vacations on the calendar a few times a year.