There are seven billion people and they all either have been, are, or will be stressed at one point or another. Going through stress at some point in your life is as sure as death. The good news is that there are multiple ways manage it to lower its negative impact on you.
Personally, I always feel stressed because of work, bills and other problems; life gets hectic. I am positive many of you feel the same. The part I hate the most is the anger that boils inside me from so much stress. I hate getting angry and it’s not usually in my nature. Moreover, there are many impacts stress has on health. To start: high blood pressure, heart attacks, depression, insomnia and the headache that never seems to stop. Well, you get the point. So, to prevent this, stress must be managed properly.
Here are 7 ways to manage stress:
Weight lifting and running are two of the best ways to reduce stress. The repetitive effort you output when exercising allows your brain to relax. It also helps to reduce fatigue, increases your ability to concentrate and makes you feel more awake. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins. These endorphins work as natural pain killers that literally take away the stress. You will feel better, happier and be ready to deal with your problems head on. One other great benefit is that exercise helps you sleep, which for most seems impossible when stressed. So find your nearest gym and kill your stress.
2. Put down the electronics
I know it’s a bit ironic since you’re probably reading this on your tablet or some sort of electronic device. However, being constantly plugged-in takes its toll on your brain. Studies have shown that constant usage of electronics leads to sleeping disorders, stress and depression. So put down your phone and look around at the beautiful world around you for once.
Reading is a great way to reduce stress. It helps calm brain activity and improves focus. It’s also a great way to pick up on your vocabulary and learn a thing or two.
4. Draw and color
Like reading, drawing or coloring helps calm you down. In kindergartens, teachers make kids color for that exact reason. It also helps develop you creativity and makes you feel happier.
5. Go for walks
Walks are the most relaxing things ever. Whether, you’re on the beach, a forest or walking up hills. The view alone, is enough to ease your stress. Not to mention the added benefit of exercising. Some use it as a great way to clear their heads. So take your loved one or a friend and go to a park or a local attraction. Trust me, you’ll thank me for it.
6. Be social
Being social is more of an indirect method of managing stress. Being around with other people and interacting with them is in our nature. So, it makes us feel good when we are socializing. Apart from that, the more people you meet and talk to the less you worry. It keeps your mind busy and less stressed. In the long run, building a large social network will give you the comfort and support you need to manage your stress successfully.
7. Play sports
As someone that’s played a variety of sports, I can tell you if nothing else works, this will. It combines the benefits of doing exercise and being social into one. Sports are also a ton of fun and the amount of endorphins that are released in your brain is crazy. You get to build a network of friends that you can depend on and exercise at same time. Although, playing sports may seem time-consuming and even expensive, it’s well worth it. Find your sport and enjoy it! Even if you are older, there is a ton of people who just get together for a Friday night soccer game. There are even senior adult leagues and if you can’t find any, just grab a couple of friends and throw/kick a ball around.
Whatever problems you’re going through, start doing these 6 simple things and your stress will vanish. Leave us a comment with an answer to these questions:
What do you do to relieve stress?
Have any of these methods worked for you?