- Limit How Much Other People Stress You Out
When you have to see a friend or family member who stresses you out, tell yourself, “I control my attitude and will not allow this person’s behavior make me miserable.” Be conscience of your feelings, when you become angry your heart rate increases, so either leave or make yourself think about something else. The best thing about developing this self-awareness is that it’s an opportunity to grow.
- Exercise Yourself to Sleep
Worrying can be very detrimental when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. Worrying keeps your mind active, just like a freight train running down the tracks. What many people don’t know is that, it takes as little as two nights of poor sleep to make you feel mentally and physically awful for up to a week. Exercise is an excellent remedy. It’s very effective at reducing sleep problems. Ideally you should be working out vigorously somewhere between three to five times a week.
- Breathing is Your Best Defense
Belly breathing is the easiest way to get rid of your stress immediately. Next time you feel yourself getting stressed out, stop wherever you are and focus on counting every inhale or exhale. Breathe in slowly and count “one”, then breathe out and count “two”. Repeating this for just a couple of minutes will calm your body and mind, quieting your reactions. If you have more time (about 15 to 20 minutes) at the beginning or end of your day, try sitting still and use a breathing break as a relaxing transition into or out of your day.
- Make an Anti-anxiety Meal
Your body is a chemical soup; anything you put into it changes it. Many fruits and vegetables provide lots of vitamins and minerals for reducing stress. Try eating blueberries, which helps release dopamine, a powerful calming chemical in the body and oranges, because vitamin C is known to lower blood pressure and cortisol. Spinach has magnesium that also helps regulate cortisol levels. Some other calming foods you can try are: turkey, which contains tryptophan and promotes relaxation, oatmeal, which helps you build serotonin, or drink a cup of chamomile tea: Studies have shown that it can reduce anxiety.
- Your Hormones are Like Your Most Unpredictable Friend
For women it’s really important to understand that their stress levels are affected by their hormones, as they get closer to menopause, cortisol and adrenaline spike, which then sets off your fight-or-flight response and increases anxiety levels. You may want to take nutritional supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids or B complex vitamins, or simply add a multivitamin to make up for nutrients. Remind yourself that you’re not going crazy, lots of women experience these kinds of hormonal shifts, and they can get through it.
- Listen to some Music
Relaxing is an art form. Try to start by listening to reggae. Reggae works best for calming you down because it’s tempo is around 60 beats per minute, which is the same speed as a slow heart beat. Start listening to it today, and I swear you’ll see it has a very calming effect.
- Be Lazy (at least every once in a while)
Be lazy and don’t feel guilty about it. Do what you love, whether it’s taking a week off to fish, an afternoon to go shopping, or simply an hour to lie in your backyard hammock staring at the sky and just watching the clouds. The key is to totally disengage, no calling in and no checking your phone. You have to remember that periodically not tending to your responsibilities is essential so you can stay happy and productive in the long run.
- Schedule Deposits into Your Relaxation Account
Keep a “stress ledger.” It’s like balancing your checkbook: Get a pen and some paper, draw a line down the middle of the sheet, and label one half “debit” and one half “credit.” Under “debit”, write down the top 5 most stressful things you’re dealing with right now: that bill that’s due, whatever is worrying you. On the “credit.” side, write down 5 relaxing things you love to do: like taking a hot bath, knitting, running, or anything that makes you feel calm. If you’re like most people, you are probably not doing these things nearly often enough, so schedule in some deposits: Literally, put them in your calendar and block out the time to do them. Next, look at the stressful things you’ve identified, and prioritize one (even the smallest one) to handle. Maybe knowing you’re overdue to change the oil in your car is starting to drive you crazy, so start there. It’ll get the ball rolling, and you can then prioritize a tougher one next.
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