We all know the feeling of being under stress. All the due dates are approaching fast and you still have lots of things to finish. Your relationships, work, and responsibilities demand too much like twenty four hours of every day never seemed enough. Even your health may bring you too much stress. Things may appear easy and controllable at first but they may soon become overwhelming. Causes of stress may be temporary like organizing an event or a party, or preparing for a presentation. However, some may last longer than you suspect it to like major health conditions or a huge decline in the sales. Getting stress out of your life is impossible. They will always be there lurking in the darkness. But you can do something about it. While preventing them is not among the choices, you could actually manage stress effectively and prevent it from ruining your physical and emotional wellness.
The best thing you could do to deal with chronic stress is to be physically active. You do not have to join marathons just to manage stress. Even taking a jog or run at least twice a week could do so much. Aside from being physically active, there are still lots of things you could do to manage your stress effectively.
First, learn and understand what you could do and what you could not. Keep in mind that could not control everything. You cannot always make things go the way you want them to. You cannot control the trend of the stock market, but you could at least analyze the statements and make the most of your income. Recognize the choices that you have and work on them.
Being positive is another good way to combat stress. Say nice and constructive things to yourself. This one is simple but really important. Thinking negative thoughts could damage your overall perspective of life and the things around you greatly. Go face to face with your negativities by using positive thoughts. Whenever you catch yourself putting yourself down, try to make a list of the good things about you. Also, make a list of realistic and achievable goals.
It would also help to encourage the relaxation response. Try activities with repetitive actions or sounds while trying to free your mind from your daily worries. This method eases your mind and lets it relax even just for some time. You could go running, knitting, meditating, praying, or chanting a phrase.
Physical wellness also has a lot to do with stress. Keep eating good food and having good and enough sleep. Opt for fruits, vegetables and whole grains often. Fuel from good food helps you keep calm and relaxed. Support healthy sleeping by trying not to sleep too late, and avoiding caffeine and late-night snacks.
Finding something you would love to do is also an effective stress buster. Go to an art class or learn to play an instrument. You could also try to volunteer for a charitable act. It would help you widen your vision about life and release you from the boundaries of your current situation.
Lastly but not the least, just take a minute to breathe.