Stress is considered any physical, chemical, or emotional factor that can cause us to experience bodily or mental instability. It is so easy for us to get overwhelmed and stressed as we try to manage work, family and other daily commitments in our busy lives, but there are ways to manage stress by using techniques which include relaxation, time management, counseling, exercise or just maintaining a good overall healthy lifestyle.
Identifying what are the biggest causes of stress in your life, and what may trigger a stressful period, is the first step in trying to eliminate those periods of anxiety. Make note of when you become most anxious and see if you can determine a pattern, and then find ways to remove or lessen those triggers.
Here are some simple tips to help manage and reduce stress levels.
- Exercise regularly – Working out regularly is one of the best ways to relax the body and mind.
- Eat healthy, well-balanced meals - Meals should be full of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and lean protein for energy, which may help control mood levels.
- Learn to slow down and take a break - Manage time more effectively, and learn to say no to requests that would create stress.
- Make time for hobbies, interests, and relaxation - Do something every day that feels good, or take a yoga, tai chi class to help you to relax.
- Get enough rest and sleep - Our body needs time to recover from busy and stressful times.
- Do not rely on alcohol, drugs, and nicotine to reduce stress.
- Seek out social support - Spend time with those you enjoy being with.
Talking about the anxiety you are experiencing with loved ones and friends, can help lower your stress level. It may help to hear about how others experiencing stressful periods are dealing with it in their life. Seeking treatment with a mental health professional trained in stress management, who can give you techniques to learn healthy ways of dealing with stress will also help you work towards experiencing good mental and physical health in your everyday life.
SOURCES: WebMD; MedicineNet