Exercise: Sometimes it’s all about staying in shape. Remember, stress might be a mental thing, but if it extends through a period of your life it can also take a toll on you physically. With stress can come anything from headaches, to insomnia. Some people will even join yoga classes just for the reason of stress. Erica Nemmers, a fitness trainer in Los Angeles, CA, explains, “Often times my clients say they are too stressed to find time to work out, however, the fact is, they are probably too stressed not to work out. Exercise releases hormones into the body that allow people to bring balance into their lives and focus better on everything they do. It is the natural remedy that brings the body into homeostasis in a hectic world that constantly threatens to throw us out of that balance.”
Eat Right: Haven’t you ever heard the saying, “You are what you eat”? Well in this case, it’s true. If you eat something unhealthy, it causes not only your body to be unhealthy and thus physically stressed, but it can mess with your mind and emotions as well. Eating junk food constantly can lead to overloads of acne, obesity, diabetes, and many more problems, all of which would cause any sane human to become stressed.
Discover: Sometimes knowing exactly what or who is making you stressed can be the answer to your problems. Once you find out exactly what it is, then you might be able to discover a way to defeat said problem, or alter it in a way that beneficial for yourself.
Music and Soothing Sounds: They have specially made CDs that were originally created for the purpose of stress. Sometimes it’s soothing music, other times it’s nature sounds, there are even CDs with hypnoses sessions on them made for the individual to cope with stress. Better yet, do some research online and you can find videos and recordings of soothing music and hypnosis right at the tips of your fingers.
Relax: Relaxing is one of the best things you can do when you’re stressed. Even if there is one time out of the day that you can use to sit for ten, fifteen, even thirty minutes to be by yourself and just unwind. You’d be surprised at how much this can help if you keep it up over time. Adding a peaceful ambiance like soothing sounds when you’re relaxing isn’t a bad idea either.
Sleep: Make sure to get a good night’s rest. Getting enough sleep can really improve the quality of your life, whether or not you’re stressed. Again, it helps that you are physically fit, thus aiding to your mental fitness. It’s recommended that the average adult get at least eight hours of sleep a night. If you have trouble sleeping, one thing you can try is cooling down the temperature in your room; studies show falling asleep in a colder environment promotes not only sleep, but better quality sleep.
Outlet to Vent: Another great way to cope with stress is by having some kind of outlet instead of letting your emotions bottle up inside you. If you have someone close enough to talk to, this would be great. Not enough people let out their emotions (according to recent studies, this is especially true with men more than women). But, if you don’t have anyone to share your thoughts with or you simply don’t feel comfortable enough talking, then you can always find something else to do: write, read, listen to music, do something creative and/or productive, just something that can help you vent without building up all that emotional turmoil. For some people (including my own sister) they say that even the simple chore of cleaning helps them when something is stressing them out.
Stress Ball: Get a stress ball if nothing else, and squeeze it in situations that might call for a bit of “chilling out.” One recommended “hand workout” would be to squeeze the ball slowly, each time counting once, until you’ve reached ten. Repeat this several times if you have to.
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