Stress occupies an unavoidable place in human lives. We believe that having some amount of short-term stress is normal and good in a way to avoid danger, find solutions for problems, or achieve goals. But being stressed for extended periods can actually take over your health and mental peace without your knowledge. Though you cannot control what is happening to you or around you, you can control the way you perceive it, process it, and how you react to it. Balancing life and stress is highly essential for the show to go on. Here are a few ways to ease your stress, and we hope you will find them beneficial.
1. Take Your “Me Time”
Regardless of how your day goes or how busy you are, always try to take some time from your day to spend for yourself. Let it be 30 minutes, preferably at the start or end of your day or anytime you wish to. It is your “me time.” You can use that time to do things you like the most, like playing with your furry companions, painting, walking, or reading a book. Do not lend those minutes to others. Spending some quality time for yourself will help you begin or end the day on a positive note. It markedly reduces stress, motivates you, and makes you more productive.
2. Eat a Well-Balanced Diet
Stress either makes you binge on junk food or stops you from having your daily meal—both the ways it is not doing any good to your health. Maybe you find it helpful at the moment, but it intensifies your stress levels in the long term. A healthy body and healthy mind are coexistent. Hence please consider having a well-balanced nutritious diet. Do not skip your meal, have it at the right time, eliminate caffeinated drinks, and include more fresh fruits and veggies in your diet.
3. Exercise Consistently
You may wonder how exercise will benefit stress reduction. But you have to believe that exercise is a powerful stress reliever. Doing exercise helps the body release endorphins naturally. These are hormone-like substances that give you a feeling of well-being and pleasure. You can choose any form of exercise that suits you. If you do not feel motivated to do it alone, find a group and exercise together.
4. Say “NO” to Alcohol and Tobacco
Some people feel that alcohol and cigarettes are stress-relievers and start boozing and smoking in a stressful event due to the temporary pleasure they get and think of escaping reality. We would like to remind you that these are illusive and do not help in relieving stress. Instead, they further add to the stress by altering the body’s metabolism and posing harmful health effects.
5. Meditate and Relax
Every time someone is stressed, meditation and relaxation techniques like guided imagery, breath focus, etc., are the ones they get frequently suggested with. We know it is not easy to start right away to meditate as soon as you are stressed. Take your time to study the effects, benefits, and techniques of meditation and other relaxation exercises. Gradually control your mind from distractions and increase your duration of meditation. Though slow, the effects are long-lasting.