5 Tips to Be Stress Free
As our lives become more and more hectic it is no surprise that stress levels across the globe are rising. This makes perfect sense. But it seems a lot of people do not know how to deal with stress, succumbing to it and allowing it to dominate their lives. There are many ways to reduce stress but in this article we are going to review the top 5 contributors to being stressed and how to deal with them.
Cut Out Caffeine, Nicotine and Alcohol
For many, caffeine is the fuel on which we thrive, but stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine are more likely to increase your stress levels than do any good. If you are feeling over-stressed, one of the first things you should do is cut out caffeine and nicotine from your life, or at the very least, severely reduce your intake.
Alcohol, as fun as it can be, acts as a depressant when taken in large amounts and as a stimulant when taken in smaller doses. Neither of these two effects is beneficial. Replace caffeinated and alcoholic drinks with more natural alternatives such as water, teas, fruit juices or smoothies.
Get Plenty Of Exercise
A lot of people don't really do much exercise. The human body has evolved to be active for most of the day; to spend most of your time lounging around on sofas, sitting behind desks or driving cars is not only detrimental to your physical well-being but also to your mental health.
Individuals who do not exercise regularly exhibit lower cognitive functions than those who do. Similarly a lack of exercise can also lead to you feeling more and more stressed.
Exercise regularly to avoid this. It doesn't have to be a strict regime of everyday training, but once or twice a week it would be to your benefit to get your body sweating for an hour or two.
Get Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep is a significant contributor to stress, but paradoxically stress is also a major component of sleeplessness. The two are linked and one must find a way to achieve the balance that your body needs.
A good way to do this is to make your sleeping space a tranquil space. Do not watch TV in bed, or play games or any other activity that doesn't evoke feelings of peace. If you have trouble sleeping it has been shown that training your mind that your bed is for rest only, will increase your chances of falling asleep. For those of you who do not have trouble sleeping but just do not get enough sleep, this is also going to affect your stress levels. Let your body fall into a routine and try to avoid irregular sleeping patterns. Also avoid trying to get by on 4 or 5 hours sleep. Get a decent amount of rest each night and you should see that you feel more relaxed and calm as a result.
Meditation has been around as a practiced technique for thousands of years. Originating somewhere in South East Asia, meditation techniques have flourished and diversified. The basic element remains the same; focus on a repetitive motion or action until the mind achieves an altered state of consciousness.
Whether you are seeking to become the next Buddha or not, meditation is an easy way to deal with stress. Find a quiet space and simply relax, banishing all thoughts and worries from your mind and focus on something. It can be keeping an image in your mind or repeating a word, or as simple as focusing on your breathing.
Manage Your Time
Everybody puts things off for later. Sometimes you just don't have the time, other times you just cannot be bothered. But do it too often and things start to pile up; bills, deadlines, due dates, appointments. When this happens it can be stressful for the individual.
Sometimes you just ruin a day as a result of poor planning, or a week or a month or even a year. All these things can contribute to stress, and they can all be avoided through proper time management.
Managing your time properly will allow you to set aside chunks of time to do different things, with clear solid boundaries. So work time will never overlap into relaxation time or sleeping time. This way you fall into routines or at the very least, know what to expect, and this will contribute to decreased levels of stress.