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7 Ways to Reduce Stress in Your Life

Updated on August 31, 2017

Stop the Clock!

It's no secret that we live in a fast paced world. We are constantly surrounded by chaos through the media that has become more available to us than ever. With all the noise around us it can be a real struggle to find a moment of quiteness to recharge. "There aren't enough hours in the day," describes the feeling of always needing more time that many can relate to, but is it true? Do we really need more time in each day or have we bogged our days down with unnessary tasks that we deem vital?

Regardless if you are a full time student, employee, or parent, if you feel overwhelmed and worn out more often than not than this article is for you. Take a moment, grab a cup of coffee, and take in the tips below to help reduce a little stress from your life!

1. Just Breathe!!!

It's true, breathing really does help reduce stress! The challenge can be taking the time to do it; however, if you practice it will become a habit to take nice, deep breaths to help relax your tense muscles and frantic mind. Above is a video with three different breathing techniques demonstrated. If you've never practiced breathing techniques, don't be afraid to give it a try!

2. Write

Writing can be an excellent way to relieve stress. It serves as a useful outlet for many people to be completely uncensored and get all their thoughts out without any fears of repercussion. Another benefit regarding writing is that once you put your stresses down on paper, you will find a sense of feeling lighter and less overwhelmed.

3. Eliminate Excess

We have become consumers as a society. We consume products, TV shows, movies, food, and the oversharing of people around us. We are constantly taking something in. Take a moment and think about the tasks that consume your time. What is essential and what isn't? For me and as much as I hate to admit it, screen time limitation is critical. If I'm not intentional about limiting my phone I will carelessly sacrifice precious time on social media that could be spent doing things much more productive and meaningful to myself. By eliminating or reducing excessive tasks you will free up time and allow yourself to do something that helps you to recharge.

4. Get Outside

There is something truly majestic about spending time outdoors, soaking up the sun and letting a nice breeze sweep across your face. Every time I'm outside I can't help but feel reminded of how small my problems are and how big God in all his creation is. It always seems to give me a fresh perspective.

5. Reducing Stress through Exercise/Yoga

There are many benefits to exercising; reducing stress is one of them. I believe the trick to enjoying exercise is finding what works best for you. If you don't like it you won't do it. My husband loves sports of almost any kind and enjoys playing competitively and recreationally when given the opportunity. I have never really enjoyed participating in any sports, but I have always enjoyed strength and weight training in a gym. Although I don't go very often anymore, I do enjoy it. I have also always wanted to be a runner, but at every attempt to run I wound up despising it. Until recently that is. I have found that in order for me to run, I need a distraction from running. Some people get pumped up running while listening to music, but when I run I prefer listening to a good podcast. I find myself focusing on the message of the podcast and forgetting that I'm running (although I'm still very much a beginning.) There are also runners that prefer to run with others and some who prefer to be alone in their thoughts while running. lf I feel stressed or physical tension in my body I have found running and yoga to be my current top choices for exercise. Yoga is a wonderful option if you prefer something low impact, and slower paced. It's also excellent as a warm up or cool down as it incorporates poses helpful for stretching your muscles. There is a video above that demonstrates three different yoga poses to help you relax. The key is finding something that appeals to you as an individual.

6. Let Go of What You Can't Control

One might add "or it will control you." Letting go of what is beyond our control can be extremely challenging. First, you must be able to accurately identify what is beyond your control. Then you must work through a way that helps you to let go best. For me prayer is an integral part of letting go of things beyond my control. If there is nothing I can do about it, I pray to help me let go and give it to God. Another strategy I find helpful is focuslong on the things I can control and trying to do them better. I usually find that I have so much room for improvement that it leaves little time to focus on others.

7. Make time for the things you enjoy

When are you happiest? What do you enjoy? Who do you love to be around? Provided that your answers are healthy for you, make it a priority to do them more! Take a walk! Read a good book! Spend time with your loved ones! The never ending task of housework can easily leave me feeling overwhelmed if I'm not careful. I appreciate tasks that can be accomplished and then checked off the list never to resurface again. Housework with small children doesn't really work that way! I have managed to create a pretty organzied system that works well for our family. However, every now and then it's good for me to take a break from my housework and declare this can wait! On those days when I choose to instead spend every minute with my kids, truly being present with my kids, I am more at peace than any other time. Of course every day can't be like that, but it is good to "let go" when you can! What tasks would you benefit from ditching for a day?

I'd love to hear your answer, please share in the comments section below and don't forget to be a part of the poll.


Have a blessed day,

Amy

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