How to Reduce the Stress in Your Life

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If you work at a stressful job, have recently experienced stressful situations or are continually pressured by school, family, friends, society or life in general, you need to spend time developing your own stress-reduction approach.

Putting a concentrated effort into formulating an approach to stress and stressful situations can help you to avoid or minimize the symptoms of stress.

Stress symptoms are nothing to laugh at – stress can cause anything from a loss of appetite, hunger and sex drive, to more potentially lethal things such as chest pains and heart issues. Here are five techniques you can use every day to manage and eliminate stress.

Meditation

Meditating in Madison Square Park, Manhattan, ...

Meditating in Madison Square Park, Manhattan, New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We’ve all been urged, at one point or another, to go any try meditating if we feel incredibly stressed. There are many forms of meditation – you’ll need to find the one that works right for you.

The simplest form of meditation is simply to close your eyes, sit or lay comfortably, and focus on not letting a single thought come into your head. When a thought does arrive (because it will, despite your efforts), you will acknowledge it and then let it fade, so that your mind slowly floats back to stillness and emptiness. Reports show that meditating for even fifteen minutes a day helps to greatly alleviate stress.

Sleep

Getting a solid night of sleep can be hard when you are already stressed, but getting the proper amount of down-time is essential for regaining your mental equilibrium. Even if you can’t manage to fall asleep, resting your body by laying down on your bed and closing your eyes can be nearly as beneficial for you as sleep itself.

Physical Engagement

When doctors suggest that their patients get “exercise”, the patients often sneer, shrug, and ignore the suggestion. Rather than “exercise”, commit yourself to physical movement, or “physical engagement”. Changing the name often helps to get you out of a task and “chore” mindset that is often associated with physical movement.

Supervised physical therapy may be helpful to ...

Supervised physical therapy may be helpful to overcome some symptoms. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Engage in physical movement in whatever way you can. Take a walk outdoors, jog in place, or do jumping jacks while doing other relaxing activities (such as watching TV). Whatever you do, make sure that it entertains you rather than frustrates you. Physical movement will decrease your stress, as well as making you feel happier and healthier.

Diet

Sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and other chemical additives have been shown to increase the amount of stress that you experience on a daily basis. If you’re struggling with stress, avoid having your morning coffee, don’t guzzle down soda, and avoid snacking on chips and sugar-filled snacks. Eat healthy meals involving meat, vegetables, and fruit.

Therapy

Therapy is always an option available to those who are effected by stress on a daily basis. A trained professional can help you tackle your stress-filled day head-on with useful techniques and thought-training exercises. Cognitive or behavioral therapy could be of use to you, but many other types of therapy are now opening up. Talk to your doctor and ask them for local recommendations on therapists and counselors.

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