Ever struggled to reduce stress in your life?
Being successful and constantly improving yourself while striving to be the best is hard work and very often it comes with a fair bit of stress.
While having a constant state of urgency and alertness might be quite beneficial while perusing your ambitious goals, it can really wear you down unless you combat the effects of stress on your body.
19 MUST TRY Techniques to Reduce Stress
It’s really important that you take care of both your body and mind and not allow the strain of working hard to chip away at your health.
Here are some of the best ways to reduce stress in your life:
1. Stop Doing Things You Hate
This may seem obvious; but jobs are the biggest cause of stress for people.
Is this because they’re tough and pressuring?
Maybe, somewhat. However, the big difference linking jobs to stress, is that the people who regularly get stressed out by their career don’t really enjoy their job.
You can quote me on that.
The logical first step to dealing with stress, and completely ridding yourself from it, is to look at the source. What’s giving you all your stress? Is it a side effect from an activity you love? Or is it coming from your boring career choices?
2. Exercise In-between Work
We all know that exercise is important, and yes, some people do still neglect it.
Although, have you ever tried exercising in-between workloads? Say, in your lunch hour?
If you’re self-employed, it’s probably a lot easier for you to exercise during the day. If you’re employed working 9-5, then maybe you could squeeze a quick workout during your lunch hour.
The idea behind this is that you’re resetting yourself for the afternoon ahead, and not allowing any stress to build up. Give it a try, and see how different it is to simply exercising before or after work instead.
I always say: When in doubt, get out of your mind and into your body.
When we’re stressed our minds are like a hamster on a wheel. It never stops unless we interrupt the chatter. Take a five-minute break and get into your body. Go walk up and down a flight of stairs. Close your office door and do some jumping jacks. Leave your environment and go for a stroll.
If need be, take an hour or two for a time-out and hit the gym or go for a run. I don’t want you to run away from your stress, instead I want you to face it head on with a clearer mind.
3. Meditating on Your Thoughts
One of the keys to staying healthy, especially when you are under a lot of stress, is keeping your mind healthy. One of the most beneficial practices to help maintain mental health, stability and happiness is meditation.
Despite the fact that some goal-oriented people might not have a positive outlook on it, meditation can be extremely beneficial and can reduce the effects of stress on your mind and body to a great extent.
Clearing your mind with it on regular basis helps people become calmer, more relaxed and less prone to stress.
4. Switching Up Your Pattern
Gary Vaynerchuk says that switching up the regular pattern is often the way to break out of plateaus; in business and in life. Plateaus often cause stress, because you start to get fed up of flat-lining, and not making any progress.
Switch up your pattern. Do something different. Go somewhere new. Introduce a new feature into your business. Change your fitness routine. It could be anything.
As long as it breaks your normal pattern of living.
5. Take Care of Your Stomach
While constant high stress levels affect our whole body quite adversely, there are some organs that suffer more than others. One of the first body parts that might start suffering when we are under a lot of stress is our stomach.
When we are under a lot of pressure or when we are in an unpleasant situation, our body’s natural reaction for some reason is to start contracting our stomach into a ball.
This makes it especially vulnerable so people with a lot of ambition that are working hard towards their goals in today’s busy and tiring world, should take special care of their stomachs.
Many herbs and plants can have a soothing and stimulating effect on our stomachs and one of the most effective ways to take advantage of this is through essential oils.
The best place to look for suitable ones to help battle the effects of stress on your stomach is essential oil for vomiting or for an upset stomach.
There are multiple essential oils you could use like lemon, lavender or peppermint and there are a number of different blends you can prepare.
6. Get Both A High Quantity & Quality of Sleep
While striving for maximum productivity, many of us push ourselves too hard and forget about the importance of sleep.
Our body needs to get a constant amount of sleep and if we don’t get the sufficient amount on regular basis, your health, productivity and creativity will quickly start deteriorating.
Sleep is a natural mechanism that allows our body to restore its energy reserves and is also a natural way for us to deal with stress. When you don’t get enough sleep, stress starts to accumulate and maintain a healthy mind and body quickly starts to become increasingly difficult.
But if we get enough sleep every night, our tolerance for stress becomes much higher and our alertness during the day manages to remain heightened. In other words, you will be able to achieve more if you don’t skimp on the sleep.
7. Take A Natural Stress Supplement
On top of everything else, multi-vitamins and various natural ingredients can make a huge difference to your overall health and well-being. In fact, it’s surprising just how much difference taking a supplement can make to the way you feel.
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8. Update Your Home & Office with Plants
Spending time in a green environment can help calm nerves and improve your well-being.
Keep a few indoor plants in the areas you frequent often and spend long extended times in. I am always reminded when I see an indoor plant that I’ve had for quite some time, that it required a nurturing relationship from me.
When your stressed, let your indoor plants remind you to be gentle with yourself. And if need be, take a moment to water your plants, prune them and re-pot them.
9. Take a Moment to Peer Into the Sky
If you’re feeling stressed, maybe even running on overdrive, take a moment to peer up into the sky. Remember when you were a child and you would spend hours upon hours of gazing into the sky contemplating the possibilities of life?
Peering into the sky allows us to sit back and take our minds off our problems. Watch how clouds move seamlessly throughout the sky, appreciate the beauty that the sky has to offer and take a moment to bask in the wisdom it has in store for all of us.
If you’re peering into the night time sky, let the stars gently remind you that in the grand scheme of things, the stress we face right now maybe quite insignificant as we step into old-age.
10. Find Some Moving Water
Since the dawn of ages, mankind has used the serene benefits of moving water to find inner peace. If you’re feeling stressed, find some moving water, or even just a body of still water. Sit next to the water and pay careful attention to what your five senses are registering.
11. Go People Watching
People watching? Yes, people watching. I find that whenever I am stressed, I would much rather be around others than be by myself. Even if I’m not directly interacting with others, just simply watching and observing other people is enough to calm my mind.
People watching can make you laugh and it can put things into perspective. But most of all, the act of people watching gets you outside your head.
12. Pour Yourself a Healthy Beverage
Take a moment to brew a cup of coffee, a cup of tea or press some fresh juice. Get involved with the process of creating your healthy beverage of choice.
By simply being present and involved with creating something to nourish your body, you can move through your stress while you brew and sip your healthy tonic.
13. Listen to Music
If you’re finding yourself easily stressed, or stressed regularly. Take a moment to invest in a stress-less playlist.
Find music that helps you calm down, music that helps you reflect, music that shifts your mood from stressed to energetic and grateful.
If you’re fresh out of music ideas, then simply turn on the radio or tune into an internet radio station that will lively up your mood. Music is a universal language and an effective tool to improve your mood and subsequently, reduce stress.
14. Organize Your Life
When I feel the effects of stress, it can almost be related to being disorganized. Take a moment and look at your work space, your home, your bedroom, your bathroom and car. How organized are these spaces we spend so much time in?
Organizing the spaces we frequent often and spend countless hours in is a great way to de-clutter the mind. What the mind takes in is the energy it puts out.
Reduce the stress and chaos in your life by simply spending 10-20 minutes organizing and optimizing your environment.
15. Cut Down on Internet & Cell Phone Usage
When we’re stressed the last thing we need to do is assault our minds and senses with the internet and anything from our cell phones.
You’re already running on hyper-drive or about to shut down, the last thing you need to do is expose yourself to internet “chatter” and unnecessary communication when you’re trying to de-stress.
Life can get complicated, especially when you find yourself being very active and not having enough time for yourself.
It’s easy to take on too many projects, to work overtime, or to spend excessive time involved in community or school projects and activities. When you choose to simplify your life, you decide to cut back on stress-inducing activities.
You purposely slow down, and plan quiet time for yourself and your family. Another way to simplify refers to the recent popular trend of cutting back on your material possessions.
Cleaning out closets and organizing your home or workspace is always a good idea.
17. Be creative
Have you ever noticed how people who have serious hobbies are rarely depressed?
This is because doing something creative is a way to channel your energy in a new direction. Find something to do that you are interested in, such as gardening, scrap-booking, putting together a photo project, or woodworking.
Or maybe you are interested in doing a larger home project such as remodelling your garage or building a wine cellar. You will quickly see that it will help you unwind from your work day. Hobbies are fun to do and a great way to spend time away from everything else.
18. Take time to relax
Some people forget to take time out of their regular activities to relax.
But, more and more people are realizing just how valuable relaxation time is. Taking time to relax will make you feel better and give you more energy to to be productive at work.
There are many ways to relax, such as visiting a health spa or taking a yoga class. Many people use meditation to help them relax.
Doing outside activities also help you unwind, so take time to travel and explore new places you have never been before, or get outside somewhere close to home.
19. Schedule Fun
One of the biggest mistakes people make is to overwork.
Life can seem so fast paced, and the demands of excessive job hours can seem overwhelming. This is why it is so important to schedule time for fun activities.
Whether you are single, or have a family, doing something outdoors with friends, or with your partner or children is very important. Live a little better every day. Get out of the house, try something new and have some fun!
Here’s a quick recap on the 19 ways to help reduce stress: