- Mental Health
Tips for Living a Low Stress Life
How To Reduce Stress
Tips To Reduce Stress
1. Eating Habits: Eating the right foods can make a huge difference in how you feel each day. Just remember what ever you put into your body, must come out. Eating foods such as fruits, whole grains and vegetables. These are all considered stress reducing foods. Remember, eating fattening foods when you are stressed is not going to help your stress level. Set a schedule of foods to eat and foods to avoid and live by it. Do not suffer. For example, set aside one day a week, such as Sunday, to kind of spoil yourself to a degree.
2. Exercise: Having a regular exercise program that you do each day, will help keep your blood pressure down, reduce your risk for diabetes and stroke and it will reduce your weight and stress level. Not to mention it will help you remain healthy physically and mentally and also, it just makes you feel much better. Exercising is a natural high as they say meaning that eventually you want to do it because your body and overall health begin to improve a great bit in a quick time.
3. Avoid Confrontations: If you are like me, I do not like confrontations of any kind whether major or minor. If I do have a confrontation with someone it just makes things awkward between you and the other person involved so, if you can avoid them altogether then, you are probably better off. They will only make you worry which can lead to many health problems such as stomach ulcers. You certainly don't want that because it will bring about pain and discomfort.
4. Sleep: Having worked for a very prominent sleep specialist that taught me a lot about sleeping disorders and sleep studies, most people do not sleep well. We are so busy and pulled in so many different directions, that it is impossible to get good sleep. If you can have a consistent as possible bedtime and rise time and regulate your sleep wake pattern, this will make you feel like you got better rest, even if it is for a short time.
5. Occupation: When choosing a career, do your best to find one that does no t require you to be in a lot of stressful situations. Some examples would be to become a Teacher vs. being a Cop and being a Dentist vs. being a Cardiologist (heart doctor). A good idea is to chose a job that you believe you would love to do.
6. Avoid drinking and smoking: Drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes raises your blood pressure which in turn could cause your stress level to go through the roof. Not to mention it's very bad for your heart, lungs, throat and liver. You can die from health related problems, or is sadly the case many times, by auto wreck if using lots of alcohol.
7. Take Time For You: No matter how hectic your schedule can be, we all need time to "re-charge" our batteries. We all deserve and need a vacation. If possible, try to take a vacation, at least once a year, even if it's just for a few days to get away from the "norm."
8. Breathe: If you are having a stressful moment, it is important to remember to breathe. One way to do this is to count to four as you inhale and count to ten as you exhale. Repeat these steps until you get calmed down.
9. Prayer and/or Meditation: Praying and meditation is a great way to relax and get you mind off of the problems that you may be having. Quiet time in meditation and praying are a good way to relax and think of solutions but, to also get your mind off of your problems.
10. Use Self Distractions: All of the people who are fortunate enough to own an I-Pad or I-phone, Kindle or Kindle Fire or any other electronic device I may have skipped. All of these devices have games that you can play to get your mind off of what ever is producing your stress.
11. Get a Massage: Getting a massage can relieve your overall stress and help improve your well being. Not to mention they help deal with aches and pains and it feels better than just using muscle rub cream.
12. The Great Outdoors: When you are very agitated, sometimes you just need a little fresh air. It is always good to think before you speak and say something that you may regret later but, had just spouted out in the heat of the moment. Granted this is not easy to be the one to step back and admit that you overreacted. It takes quite the humble person to admit that they were wrong.
13. Aroma Therapy: Certain oils and candles provide an aroma therapy that is very stress relieving. There are certain stores that make millions off this type of therapy. Millions of people in several countries use aroma therapy for relaxation purposes.
14. Friend/Confidant: Whether it is your mom, brother, sister, father or your spouse, or friends, it is a great stress reliever to have a person in whom they can confide. More than likely you will encounter hurdles in life. Some of those hurdles are life changing and there is a good chance that you would need someone to talk to.
15. Playing Music: Find the music that is most soothing for you to listen to. Soothing music is known to increase serotonin production and also it helps induce deep breathing. I would recommend listening soft rock music such as Phil Collins.
Which Is The Worst?
Which is the most stressful thing in your life?
Relieve Your Stress
Always remove yourself from fights and arguments. Sometimes it is just better to walk away. Turning the other cheek will make you feel better about yourself later on. This is very hard to do but, a great rule to remember. Always think about your words before you let them fly out. This will help you avoid confrontation and make your relationships more pleasant and healthy.
© 2013 Buster Johnson