Dealing with stress doesn’t have to be nerve-racking. Learn the most effective stress management secrets and live the life you deserve.
Stress Woman Trying To Deal With ItStress is something that happens to all of us; we become stressed just by talking about it! Your life and stress threshold do not have to be like this.
There are some effective techniques you could incorporate in your life in order to get some stress relief and turn that anxiety into productive, creative energy.
Stress Is Good For You!
Stress is your body’s way of handling challenging situations. Stress is what keeps you alert and focused when meeting his in-laws, or when you need to give a PowerPoint presentation on the company’s performance and your computer just crashed!
It’s stress that magically gives you the strength and speed to hit the brakes and avoid hitting a cat. But while stress can save you in many situations, it can also paralyze you to the point of uselessness, if left to its own devices.
Signs of Stress (Ways to tell you’re stressed)
Stress is something that affects your whole body, mentally and physically. Its effects can be easily projected onto your body and expressed through your behavior and emotional state.
Physical Signs of Stress:
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Dizziness and headaches
- Low libido and an aversion to sex and intimacy
Behavioral Signs of Stress:
- Inability to concentrate on tasks
- Being on the run, talking and doing things clumsily and too quickly
- Feeling confused, forgetting too much
- Resorting to substances like alcohol, smoking, and drugs to relax. (A glass of wine a day doesn’t count, so don’t worry!)
- Depression and lacking motivation
- Anxiety overwhelms you, making you unable to control rather simple tasks.
- Inability to relax completely and sleep normally
- Unwillingness or great difficulty waking up
- Being negative and having a low self-esteem
- Feeling exhausted and worried, often with no apparent reason.
These are just a few signs that a person might be stressed but they are also indicators of a perfectly normal life for some. If you have never experienced these symptoms or find that you are experiencing more than a couple of them all of a sudden, you might be under stress.
But, how do you deal with it? Are there any tricks you should be aware of?
Natural Ways To Deal With Stress-
Dealing with stress is not rocket science, but many people choose to ignore it rather than dealing with it. However, by applying simple and effective strategies you can gradually relieve the amount of stress you are under and begin to feel more at ease with your life. Stress management is not something that can occur overnight though. It takes patience and perseverance to completely remove it from your life.
Relieving Stress Through Your Body-
Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates and rigorous physical activity (jogging, running, swimming) are a few tried and tested techniques that release stress, making you feel relaxed and peaceful. In fact, any mild to strenuous physical activity will have a calming effect.
Being physically active allows your body and mind to be both alert and fit. This means you can more easily cope with stress and any other condition bothering you. Physical activity releases all the tension and anxiety that builds up during the day, enabling mind and body to channel that negativity outwards.
Physical activity as well as meditation and massages do the exact same thing; they boost your body’s endorphin production, (your body’s own painkiller).
So here you have it, there’s no need to resort to medication or other extreme measures, just getting off of your butt and running a mile can do the trick (plus your butt will also get firmer. And I see no wrong in that!).
When we’re under stress, we forget how to breath. We take short, unsatisfactory breaths that actually worsen our stress levels. Sitting back and focusing on your breathing for two minutes is extremely soothing to our bodies and mind.
When you concentrate on your breathing, everything else blurs into the background; the negative thoughts, the unreasonability, the what-am-I-supposed-to-do-now feeling.
Deep breathing is a well established relaxation technique that gives you perspective on a situation, yet it is rarely a technique that we use because we do not associate it with the relief of stress. Think about it this way – Lamaze breathing is not just for pregnant women – you can do it anytime you begin to feel overwhelmed.
Apart from taking a moment to breathe normally, you can attempt to distract yourself from whatever elemeng in your life is causing stress. Often dealing with another person, or task can calm you down. The key here is to identify what causes the stress; is your boyfriend expressing completely unreasonable jealousy again? Or is it because you cannot fit into your favorite pair of jeans (from 15 years ago)?
No matter what the stress source is, if you are aware of it, you can more easily tackle or walk away from it.
Engaging With Life’s Smallest Pleasures-
Lifes smallest pleasures are those that make you smile without having to make too much effort. It can be literally anything that draws a smile on your tense face (as long as it doesn’t compromise your health of course!). Most people find relaxing:
- Taking luxurious bubble baths, with favorite scents and bath fizz balls.
- Reading their favorite author or listening to relaxing music.
- Knitting, painting, making crafts and any other activity that requires manual work and imagination are good for stress management.
- Games. Do you see any stressed children around? No, because they take it all out through play. Join them!
- Sing, go outside, act childish, indulge in comfort food your mum cooks to perfection. Do anything that brings you back into a more sane and tranquil state of mind.
- Clean up a room, or just organize your junk drawer. Even the smallest accomplishment counts a lot when stressed. It will give you a sense of control.
- Call a friend, or even better meet up.
Sex, Let’s Get Down To It-
Many people say that sex is a great way to relieve tension. The truth is, sex can help a lot, because it helps release endorphins in your body – the hormones that make you feel good.
Sex is a natural and highly effective stress-relieving practice, among its many other health benefits. [Read – 13 Mysterious Health Benefits of Sex]
Sex, love, life; for a handful of people, these three concepts are intertwined, so should be for you. Let yourself discover the joy and peacefulness that sex can provide. One more excuse to get laid more often (As if we needed one!)
De-cluttering Life- One Pair of Shoes at a Time-
We tend to be overwhelmed with technology, responsibilities and our work, that we hardly have time for personal growth. Humans need “me-time” and the hectic pace of life doesn’t always afford us this time. Having time for yourself shouldn’t be a luxury but a daily pleasure. Make room for it in your life and you will notice a considerable decrease in the amount of stress you experience.
That’s where calmness resides, in simplicity. De-clutter your life from trivial and void material things and fake people, and rebuild your environment as you want it – filled with meaning, joy and above all else, no stress.
The most important thing to remember is that if you feel stress is becoming a factor and is overwhelming you, do not ignore it. Instead, do something. Follow the tips up above and engage in a creative activities that will take your mind away from whatever is causing your stress. Don’t let it overpower you, don’t forget you’re in charge. Unplug it and let life begin.
If you leave stress untamed, it will soon take control over your life. Simple techniques such as breathing strategies and relaxation pastimes can effectively relieve stress and allow you to slow down and enjoy life.