Stress is inevitable and has to be dealt with rationally. The more stressed out we are, the more we become prone to illnesses, as our hormones become uncontrolled and the resistance power of the body declines. A stressed out person loses interest in any work, gets lazy and often lags behind in progress. Simple tips followed every day help us in coping with stress and anxiety and also lowers the risk of heart problems, depression, headaches and indigestion associated with it.
Tips To Reduce Stress Are-
1. Breath Easy
Breathing and meditation techniques should be practised by people who are under stress and anxiety. It regularises breathing and controls restlessness and jitteriness in the body. Breathing from the diaphragm releases stress quickly and oxygenates blood instantly to leave the body fresh and energised. To start with, put your hand below the navel and inhale the air from the nostrils and watch the hand on the belly moving out as te belly inflates with air. Hold for a few seconds and exhale bringing the hand inside. Repeat a few times.
Massage improves blood circulation in the body and energises the cells to release fatigue, stress and pain. Take olive oil, jojoba oil, or coconut oil and add essential oils it for aroma, relaxation, and freshness.
The body and mind are both fit with a regular exercising activity. Walking, running, swimming, cycling, tai chi, aerobics, are great options and pick the ones you enjoy the most. And instead of concentrating the thoughts on your worries, think of your body and the impact of exercising on it. Listen to music to distract from yourself from negative thoughts. Exercising releases endorphins that are stress alleviating and make the person feel good.
4. Eat Healthy Food
A well-balanced nutrition rich body helps in coping better with stress. Eat well and start the day with a hearty and nutritious breakfast to keep you energised and your metabolism kicking all day. Focus on fruits, fresh vegetables and nuts. Avoid processed and canned foods and too much of sugar. People crave for comfort foods when they are stressed out and this could lead to weight gain and imbalance in their hormones.
5. Avoid Alcohol, Caffeine And Cigarette
All these factors, might temporarily reduce the stress but in the long run, can cause health deterioration and sleep disorders. They are the easiest getaways and habits to resort to while in stress, but it is best to stay clear of them as they would do more harm than good.
6. Hobbies And Interests
Pursue your hobbies and indulge in learning a new art. Learning is a good therapy for the mind as it engages the mind in other activities and creating something new gives a sense of achievement and pleasure. It could be a simple thing like planting a sapling, or learning to dance, but these little activities keep the mind engaged and release stress from the body.
This is an instant stress buster and is known to bring down stress levels in people dramatically. People can be good listeners and simply experiencing the feeling of someone listening to you and being by your side can really pull down the stress levels. It improves your support network and gives a stressed out person , a sense of security and a feeling of being loved.
8. Sleep And Take Rest
Overwork too can leave us stressed out. Sleep enough, at least 7-8 hours and give your body the required rest to recuperate, recharge and bounce back to action. Sleep is the best medicine for a tired body and stressful mind.
9. Learn To Say ‘no’
You can’t please everybody, so take a stand and learn to say no. Some things and people are beyond our control and should be left to themselves. Let nobody take advantage of you and draw a line beyond which you just cannot give in and do things for people beyond your capacity.