There are plenty of resources which teach you how to relieve stress and it is no suprise. The world is a very stressful place these days. We are so busy being busy we have little time for anything else.
Our lives are a result of the crazy world we live in. Think about it. Our lives are so busy and we never seem to have enough time. Money, success, careers and family are what drives us to keep going day in and day out and as a result we have become ‘stressed out’; ticking time bombs ready to blow at any minute.
The symptoms of stress can be fatal leading to disease, chronic illness, hypertension and even heart attack. Half the time we don’t even know the kind of stress we put ourselves through. Our bodies have amazing coping mechanisms that protect us from a sudden burst of stress which could be caused by a traumatic event or fear. We were not however supposed deal with stress all the time.
So how does one relieve stress and avoid the effects of it on the body? Before we get to the 5 tips for effective stress relief there are two things you should be doing, if you are not already, on a daily basis to free yourself from stress.
The first thing is to get off adrenaline. One of the best tips on how to relieve stress is to plan better. There are situations in life that are unavoidable but this should be the exception and not be happening all the time. A little planning can be the best thing you can do to keep your stress levels down. Your health and well-being could be at stake.
The second thing is to drink less caffeine and if you are a smoker to cut back, or better yet, quit smoking. Caffeine and Nicotine put a lot of stress on your body. Where possible try to avoid them.
Now we can work through the 5 tips to avoid stress on your mind and body.
1. Regular exercise
Regardless of what your definition of exercise is. It could be jogging or taking a long brisk walk or even doing a workout at the gym. What is important is that you exercise regularly and you do an exercise that relaxes you. There really no point to an exercise if you are not enjoying it.
2. Relaxation and meditation
I know it sounds easy to say just relax or chill out but most people don’t know how to. It is not necessary to meditate like a Zen master, although this can be very relaxing, but you should take a time out where you are free from disruptions and noise and you can have a little alone time.
3. Treat yourself
Ladies this does not mean go on a shopping spree. It does mean doing something for yourself. What you could do is go to a spa and enjoy a relaxing massage or you could sit down to a good book and a little alone time.
4. Video and board games
Games can be a great way to relieve stress. You may want to choose careful the people you play the game with so as to avoid tension because of competitiveness. There are some great free software games you can download off the internet that are great to help relieve stress
5. Get some decent sleep
Get proper rest. Disruptions to your sleeping patterns can cause tremendous stress on your body. Part of resting properly is to stop thinking. The simplest way to control your constant thinking is to not react to negative thoughts as this can cause you to stress.
Don’t feel pressure to start on all of these ideas just try one to start off with and make sure it works for you. Relaxing is what is important not what you do. Get started today.