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The best ways of reducing your Stress Levels

Updated on February 2, 2013

How to Reducing your Stress Levels

Stress can cause problems both your physical health and your life as a whole as well. Reducing your stress levels can be a real life-changer!
Stress can cause problems both your physical health and your life as a whole as well. Reducing your stress levels can be a real life-changer!

You want to be reducing your stress levels? Start here!

Stress is all around us. It is like the air – we cannot actually see it, but we all know it’s out there. Whether it would be in the form of anger, nausea or the boring pile of work we just can’t get through all week, it’s out there. At this point, most of you probably think “well, you know, it’s just a part of our lives, you know,” right? Wrong!

Step 1: Learn What Causes Your Stress

Scientifically stress is a negative mental state. Interesting definition, isn't it? And even scientists are not sure what exactly causes stress. It is believed that stress is a state of mind, a way of thinking, which you subconsciously induce. That’s right! You may not want to believe it, but you are the reason for your own stress. You are what make you stressed out. And the first step to reducing your stress isn't to try and change the environment in which you are, but to change your way of thinking, your state of mind.

Step 2: How to Begin Reducing your Stress Levels?

The first thing you have to do is take a deep breath. Whenever you feel stressed out, take a minute to clear your mind. Start thinking of something that usually makes you happy or something that is completely different from what you are doing in the moment. For example, if you feel pressured out by the quantity of work you must do, take a deep breath, clear your mind and start thinking about what your family is doing right now or how exciting it would be to visit France, for example.

Step 3: What do you do when your mind is cleared of stressful thoughts?

You have probably heard of self-hypnosis or meditation, but these words just distract you from what is immensely important - getting your mind ready to work. There is one basic exercise to help you with your stress - Close your eyes and imagine you are in a clear dark room. Imagine you feel quite relaxed and notice that there is a candelabra with six candles in front of you. They are all lit, and their height is different, the sixths being the highest, the first - the lowest. Start putting out the candles one by one, starting from the sixth and imagine that with every candle you put out you receive an energy spike that starts from your neck and continues down your spine. When you have put out the last candle, you can start thinking about the problem you have on your hands.

Clearing your mind is extremely beneficial. You will be able to solve your problems and to reduce your stress levels more quickly
Clearing your mind is extremely beneficial. You will be able to solve your problems and to reduce your stress levels more quickly

Step 4: How to Solve your Problems more Easily?

When you think about the problem you have on your hands, don't over-think it. Don't go around trying to comprehend all the possible negative outcomes and think about what will you receive from solving your problem. Try to think about the reward you will get and the positive outcome of your situation. For example, if you must do a lot of work think about what you will get from that (probably a salary or an elegant review). Don't think about how though are your problems and problematic situations. Think about why are you solving them. This is a genuinely satisfying way to become more ambitious and have stimulus to solve your problems faster without the additional stress.

Step 5: What additional things you can to reduce your stress levels?

There are a lot of stress reducing exercises that don't require your working mind. You can try them out, as they will definitely help you in your fight with stress:

  • Sleep About 7 to 9 Hours per day - Many scientific studies show that people who sleep less have a lot more stress in their lives. Sleep deprivation can even cause health problems. However, oversleeping is not good for your body and mind as well. Try to spend from 7 to 9 continuous hours per day in sleeping, because it is good for you.
  • Take a bubble bath - Try taking a nice and relaxing bubble bath. Fill your tub with armoa bath soils and just give your mind and body a little break. You will see how quickly stress will leave your body.
  • Go to a massage saloon - Massages are also very helpful in the stress reduction process. They calm down your body and mind and help you achieve full relaxation.
  • Exercise more - When your body is out of shape your mind can't work properly. Make sure you exercise regularly. Don't exercise to get fit, but rather to help your mind relax and get your body the energy it needs.

Living a stress-free life

By reducing your stress levels your whole life will change. You will start seeing the world in a brighter way and smile more. You will feel more relaxed and enjoy life a bit more. So remember, think about the solution, not the problem at hand and clear your mind every once in a while. After all stress comes from your mind.


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      Ivan Ivanov 4 years ago from Plovdiv

      I'm glad you found my hub interesting :)

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      Audrey Selig 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Excellent article. You are right that we are responsible for our own stress. Then what also exists are the stressors on a scale. The death of a family member is a real stressor. That is when, as you say, we must meditate., change thoughts and have a massage and give it all a double dose. It would be nice if we all could be highly successful at these stress relievers, but your article sums it up nicely. It is well organized and touches on the main relievers. I am glad you reminded me of these techniques. We sometimes get caught up in our own lives, that we forget to take breaks. I will definitely try the candle relaxation. I am already picturing it in my mind. Thanks.