Easy Ways To Beat Your Stress…
Overcoming stress can sometimes seem like an impossible challenge and where to begin can have you clutching at straws. Living in a world that is global 24-hours a day powerhouse makes it hard to escape stress and anxiety, and you can feel as though you are slowly drowning in problems, issues, and worry.
Stress has a huge impact on the body, spirit, and mind and can cause some detrimental effects no matter how strong you think you are. The impact stress has on the body ranges from an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, high blood pressure, mental health conditions such as anxiety, paranoia, and depression, weight loss and weight gain, comfort eating, taking undue risks you would not normally do and an increased risk of substance abuse such as alcohol and drugs.
These are just a few of the reasons as to why it is so important to try to eliminate as much stress and anxiety from your life as possible. After all, we only have this one life and it is not a practice, we can’t just press a reset button and try again. A life spent stressing out is a life not lived, so it is time to let it go and try to invite some peace and serenity into your life. Stressing out and worrying over issues will never change the problem, only make it appear worse than perhaps it actually is. The way to resolve stress and anxiety is with pro-active and positive thinking and actions.
One of the first things to do when it comes to casting stress aside is to learn some deep breathing techniques. The rhythmic motions of deep inhalation help calm the mind and the increase in the oxygen levels in your body helps to relax the body. Deep breathing is one of the most vital elements of yoga, which is famous for its calming and meditative benefits on the body. Breathing in through the nose, holding for 5 seconds and then exhaling out through the mouth can help alleviate built up stress and tension in the chest area.
Another excellent way of beating stress is by doing something you love and reconnecting with nature. While many people think of gardening as a pastime performed by the retired and elderly, it actually has many amazing stress-busting benefits. Being outdoors on a brilliantly sunny day can help the body with the production of vitamin D. A lack of vitamin D can cause the condition known as SAD and sufferers develop depression, anxiety and an all-around feeling of emptiness. Being out in the garden is also very calming on the mind. Simple tasks such as pruning, trimming and weeding are repetitive and help relax the mind. There are also natural mood elevators such as the colours and fragrances of the flowers, the songs of the birds and the feeling of a gentle breeze on the skin.
Gardening helps you remove yourself from stressful environments, but if it’s not for you then try to dedicate a bit more time to anything you feel passionate about and love to do. Baking, painting, walking, swimming … if it is something you enjoy it will help you forget about the stress of the day.
Of course, the only way to overcome stress is to get to the root of the problem and come up with a strategy to deal with it. As an example, you are facing a heavy workload every day and feel like there are not enough hours to finish all of your tasks on time. Arrange your tasks in order of importance and focus on those first, there is no point in sweating the small stuff. If you have people around you who can help, don’t be shy to ask. People can achieve amazing things when they put their minds together, so don’t suffer in silence.
Exercise can make all the difference between stress and bliss. When we exercise our bodies release endorphins and other feel good factor hormones that help put us in a better frame of mind. This creates a more positive outlook which can result in positive changes being made that will allow stressful situations to be resolved better. Exercise also allows us the chance to work out our emotions, be it by pounding the ground on a long run, performing some kickboxing or karate or by lifting weights. Even a simple 15 -minute leisurely walk is enough to boost endorphins by as much as 37% and can be performed on a break or at lunch both in or outdoors.
Nutrition can also play a role in reducing stress. When people are facing stressful situations the body gets into flight or fight mode and sends out chemical signals that encourage the consumption of carb rich foods. While carbohydrates may make you feel warm and full quickly they also lead to spikes in blood glucose levels. As your glucose levels drop your cravings increase and you can soon find yourself stuck in a vicious cycle of eating to feel better, or comfort eating as it’s also known. Comfort eating usually leads to feelings of guilt which when combined with stress and anxiety makes for some troubling times.
The most important thing to take from all of this is that you don’t live to work, you work to live. No job is worth risking your physical and mental health for and if this is what you feel is happening, move on to something else. The same can be said for anything in life be they money worries, relationship problems or work issues, stress will never make a situation better and nor will it change the outcome of it.
Think of stress as being a red hot coal held in your hand. The longer you hold onto it the more it hurts … and the only person it hurts is you, so cast it away. Your life is important and you should be able to enjoy the world around you without the daily bombardment of stress, so take some time to learn about yourself and start to do things that make you happy.