Thursday, 11 September 2014

Easy Ways to Reduce Stress

Feeling stressed in certain situations such as before an important meeting, leading up to a big event or even while planning a holiday is quite normal. When stress builds and begins to interfere with every day life, it can lead to health problems. Here are a few easy ways to reduce stress levels and enjoy a calmer lifestyle.

Stress reduction can be difficult when reasons for the stressful feelings are unknown. A good way to discover the reasons for feelings of stress is to talk to another person about it. Talking about problems, help individuals get to the bottom of what the problems are and possible solutions. Often, just talking about feeling stressed will reduce the stress quite substantially. Another way to connect with stressful feelings is to write problems down in a notebook. Seeing difficulties written down can lead to solutions and therefore a reduction of stress levels.

Human minds cannot be stressed and relaxed at the same time, so it’s important to spend some time during each day relaxing. Relaxation activities such as sitting in front of the TV or computer screen can stimulate rather than relax the mind so it can be more beneficial to relax in solitude, somewhere quiet. A stroll along the beach, listening to relaxing music, soaking in a warm bath, yoga, meditation and deep breathing exercises are activities which can relax mind and body.

Exercise is a solid way to reduce stress levels. A short walk around the block can clear the head and work off stress. Regular exercise (30-60 minutes most days of the week), will be even more beneficial for stress reduction.

Sleep is essential for the human body but during times of stress, a good night’s sleep can become elusive. Retiring for the night and waking around the same time each day can reprogramme the mind and body to a regular sleep pattern. Partaking in a relaxing activity before bed such as listening to relaxing music, taking a hot shower or reading a book can inform the mind and body that it’s time to prepare for sleep.

Eating a well balanced diet promotes a less stressful mind and body.  Fatty foods, sugary drinks, alcohol and caffeine can keep the body on high alert; cutting back on these can lead to less stress.
Incorporating these techniques into everyday life can lead to reduced stress but if symptoms persist, consult a medical professional.

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