Everybody gets stressed from time to time. Different people feel stress in different ways. We need stress but not too much. So the question is how do we get rid of it? What do we have to do to fight it?
1. Relaxation, whether through listening to music, meditation, get a massage, yoga, play with a pet, or taking a long batch have been show to lower blood pressure, slows respiration and metabolism, and releases muscle tension. Studies show that dedicating a certain time of the day to focus on your body and on actually relaxing, (not) caring about the other things that are going on your day, is very useful.
2. Healthy lifestyle – Adpoting a healthy lifestyle can increase your resistance to stress by strengthening your physical health. Make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise, three times per week (like running, walking, swimming and even dancing). Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and drugs, and reduce caffeine and sugar. Studies show that aerobic physical exercise helps build up new neurons and connections. Regular exercise increase self-confidence, by boosting the production of endorphins, the “feel-good” neurotransmitters and promotes good sleep. Keep your energy up by eating balanced, nutritious meals throughout the day. Well-nourished bodies are better prepared to cope with stress, so be mindful of what you eat.
3. Connect – Spending too much time on your own can affect not only your mental health but your heart health as well. There is ample evidence that satisfying social relationships are crucial for both mental and physical health. So get out and about. Cultivate social networks of friends, family and even pets. Spend time with positive people who enhance your life. A strong support system will buffer you from the negative effects of stress.
4. Keep your sense of humor – Laughter is the best medicine. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. It boosts your immune system, triggers the release of endorphins and protects your heart.
5. Adjust, Accept and Think Positive – Some sources of stress are unavoidable. You can’t prevent or change stressors such as the death of a loved one, a serious illness, or a national recession. In such cases, the best way to cope with stress is to accept things as they are. Look for the upside. Positive thinking helps with stress management an can even improve your health. Positive thinking just means that you approach the unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst. Accept the fact that we live in an imperfect world and that people make mistakes. Let go of anger and resentments. Free yourself from negative energy by forgiving and moving on.