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5 Ways to Help You Reduce Stress

Updated on January 26, 2017

Do you go home feeling tired and stressed out? You may think that it’s a normal part of life because you spend almost the whole day at work and sometimes you still have to do some house work. But the thing is, stress has certain ill effects to our health. If it’s left unattended, stress may lead to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other diseases.

That is why it is important that you learn how to manage and even reduce the effects of stress on your body. Here are some ways on how you can do it.

1. Exercise regularly.

Exercise has been proven to reduce stress because it releases endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals in the brain that serve as our body’s natural painkillers. This in turn helps promote sleep. Regular exercise can also improve your mood as it fights off depression and anxiety.

Now, you don’t have to exercise till you drop. A simple walking routine is often enough for most people. If you have the time and money, then consider joining a gym. With a proper instructor you’ll know the safe and best way for you to exercise.

2. Do a bathroom makeover.

The time you spend in the bathroom should be relaxing and stress-free, so make sure that you have a bathroom that’s fully equipped for your purpose. Get a bathtub that you can comfortably fit in. Install light dimmers as soft light can help give you a relaxing atmosphere. You can also have speakers installed so you can listen to your favorite tunes while you’re soaking in the tub.

A beautiful and relaxing bathroom can be your own little getaway from your usual busy world.

3. Learn to meditate.

It’s really easy to do. Just sit up straight then close your eyes. You can stay as silent as you want or say a mantra like ‘I am at peace’.

You can also do it by deeply breathing. Inhale through your nose then exhale through your mouth, exhaling as much air as you can while contracting your abdominal muscles. Continue doing it for a few minutes.

4. Spend time with family and friends.

You can de-stress simply by being with friends and your loved ones. This is probably due to the sense or feeling of safety that you get while being surrounded with people you know. That’s also why it’s important that you have regular conversations with your friends, not only to help with your problems, but also just to have someone to talk to.

5. Live a healthier lifestyle.

Avoid activities that can greatly affect the quality of your health. For example, if you’re a smoker then try your best to quit. You should also eat healthier food and avoid processed food especially junk food. Get enough sleep but also be aware to not sleep for too long as it can also be unhealthy. Stay away from alcoholic drinks. While it can help you relax for the moment, alcohol has bad effects to your body especially in the long run.

Get stress out of your life!

It’s all about having a balanced life. Eat healthy, sleep right, move, and be with your loved ones are all that you need so you can get rid of stress. It’s not often an easy thing to do as you may have to do some lifestyle changes to achieve it. But the reward of having a stress-free life is very much worth it.

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      Denise W Anderson 17 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Stress can be a real problem when we get overloaded with work and family responsibilities. For me, learning how to say "no" when my plate is already full has given me the ability to keep stress at a manageable level.

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