The ways to reduce stress are
nearly as long as the list that causes Stress. Find one that suits
Exercise. Exercising helps work
muscles, increase blood flow, and clean cells. All of this
helps handle the side effects of stress. Also, exercising can
help us feel better about ourselves, improving our morale and
Nutrition. Eating properly
balanced diets and getting the nutrients your body needs is
vital for fighting stress. Your body needs Vitamins to
grow and replenish itself. If you aren't replacing lost
nutrients, youb body will not be able to fight off infection
and you will be more likely to get sick or feel exhausted. You
know the adage, an apple a day....
Reduce stress situations. This
is the hard part. Take a few moments to reflect on your day.
What causes you anxiety? What can you do to reduce or avoid it?
If it is work related, can speaking with a manager help? If
it's driving in traffic is taking a bus or listening to
classical music an option? Whatever the cause, you must take
charge and reduce the stress.
Yoga. Find a gym that offers
Yoga or some other form of meditation and stretching. Find a
quiet place and spend time each day reflecting on the happier
things in life and, if possible, stretch your muscles while
you're at it. This will increase blood flow throughout your
body and decrease muscle stiffness, reducing the chance for
headaches or muscle aches.
Play with a child. Try it. Take
some time and play a game with a child. Watch them smile, hear
them laugh, and remember what it was like to be young and free
Pet an animal. Petting an
animal has actually been proven to reduce stress. Whether it's
from the emotional bond, the exercise, or just giving your
brain a break, it will do wonders calming you down.
Spa treatment. Treat yourself
to a spa or massage. If finances prevent this, then draw a hot,
bubble bath, light some candles, turn off the lights, and turn
on some quiet music. Enjoy yourself while you melt away in the
Read a book. Read something
light and funny.
Take a walk. Take a walk,
either alone or with a loved one. Reflect on your life and,
please, stop to smell the roses!
Find a service project. Serving
somebody else can help you remember the important things in
life and help put things in perspective. Give it a
Communicate. Communicate your
issues with a spouse or trusted friend. Sharing the burden can
lighten the load.
Therapy. Often stress causes
side effects like depression or mental health disorders that
need to be treated by a physician who can prescribe the proper
medication handle therapy sessions.