Developing tools for managing stress and learning how to cope when life gets tough are keys to living a busy life and maintaining your overall wellbeing.
When an individual is suffering from stress they will find it’s difficult to control their emotions and may become more prone to certain diseases. According to Healthline, “stress has been linked to cancer, lung disease, fatal accidents, suicide, and cirrhosis of the liver (a side effect of combating with stress with alcohol).”
Get ready to enjoy life and reap the benefits of happiness with these stress-busters.
Laughter is one of the best stress busters. Surround yourself with loved ones who make you laugh. Grab lunch with a friend or go for a walk in the park with your significant other. You may not realize it, but you need human connection in your life.
Drowning your mind trying to remember the millions of projects, upcoming events and daily tasks you have to do will definitely cause you stress. Write a list and keep track of your events on a calendar. This way, when something comes up, you can check your calendar instead of relying on your brain remember everything.
You have been running around all day and just realized you forgot to eat. This could be the cause of your stress. Lack of nutrients in your body can cause your blood sugar level to drop which in turn can result in stress. Tip: Always carry around a snack that contains carbohydrates.
Natural remedies such as lavender and Kava Root have been proven to help reduce feelings of stress. The smell of lavender can promote quick stress relief. Mix about 5 drops of lavender oil in your bath or diffuse a few drops of it into the air when you are feeling stressed out. Kava Root has a vast amount of positive effects. According to WebMD “kava's calming effect may relieve anxiety, restlessness, sleeplessness, and stress-related symptoms such as muscle tension or spasm.”
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Learning to breathe properly is a major component when it comes to managing stressful situations. When we are under stress, our minds tend to be clouded making it difficult to think clearly. Before making any decisions take deep, full and controlled breaths. Give yourself time to sit back and relax your mind. This way, you can make rational decisions and think clearly about your current situation.
Set aside 10 minutes each day for meditation. It will help reduce your stress levels, lower anxiety and clear your mind. According to the Mayo Clinic, “during meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process may result in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.”
Busy people often complain they don’t have time to exercise. But are you really too busy to boost your overall heath, reduce your stress, increase your energy and lift your mood? Getting in a few minutes of exercise a day will result in less stress. Tip: Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk around on the phone or workout on your lunch break.
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You spend your days busy and stressed out, so why not take some time for yourself and plan something fun? Select a day (maybe few days) in your calendar and cross it off. Go see a movie, grab a bite to eat with your significant other or if you can really spare the time, take a much needed weekend getaway.
Whether you are at work or running errands listen to music. According to Psych Central, “listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music. This type of music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones.”