Today, Thursday, January 17, 2019

Short-Term Strategies to Reduce Stress

Life presents each of us with unpredictable situations and countless problems which can often lead to an increased level of stress. Since it has become widely known that too much stress is likely to result in serious health-related problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke, stress reduction is vital to living a longer life with less illness. Fortunately, there are many effective ways to relieve stress that can be done in a short amount of time, making them both helpful and convenient.

Identify the Source
The first step in dealing with stress is to think about the things in your life that bring about the most tension or anxiety.  After identifying these catalysts, alter your behavior to avoid them as much as possible. For example, if a particular subject that upsets you is brought up in a conversation, you can excuse yourself from the room. Or, if a person tends to make you feel uptight or on edge, limit the time spent with them, and in some extreme cases, end the relationship completely. Also, learning to control your environment, personally and professionally, by setting boundaries and sticking to them, is a tremendous help.

One of the things people find difficult is looking inside themselves to find the source of their stress as it is common for specific personality traits to trigger anxiety. When a person procrastinates, meeting deadlines is a much bigger problem, so they need to understand how that habit affects them, prioritize, and plan accordingly.  Finding the balance between paying attention to detail and excessive worrying will also keep things in check, while significantly reducing stress on a daily basis.

Be Active
The most important part of handling stress is having an outlet for releasing the tension associated with negative feelings and emotions that build up in our bodies. Exercising not only improves self-confidence, but it also reduces fatigue and causes the brain to produce more endorphins that naturally boost positive feelings. Walking, swimming, aerobics, and weight training are all excellent ways to lower the amount of pressure we encounter and raise optimism at the same time.

Eat a Healthy Diet
Eating foods that are low in sugar and caffeine, and high in balanced nutrients, will keep the energy moving throughout the body during the day. For an improved metabolism, try eating healthy, smaller meals every few hours instead of waiting long periods of time to consume larger ones. People with good nourishment have the benefit of being better prepared to deal with stress and will overcome it much easier.

Listen to Music
Music has the power to alter moods and change a person’s emotional state. Different styles of music will help with overall stress reduction in a number of ways. Soft, mellow music has a calming effect and encourages relaxation. Faster music with more excitement and momentum can inspire people to reach new levels. In addition, research has proven that listening to music stimulates creativity and actually lowers blood pressure by slowing down breathing to provide a more consistent heart rate.

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