6 ways to reduce stress
Stress is your body’s reaction to a situation of pressure. When you’re stressed your body reacts by releasing chemicals in your blood. These chemicals give people more energy and strength, which can be a good thing in certain situations. But too much stress can cause many problems if you don’t find a way to release it. After a period of time it can lead to physical symptoms, such as headache, stomach pain and tiredness.
Here are some ways you can deal with your stress:
1. Working out
You probably heard it before, but one of the best ways of realising stress is by moving your body. This is why working out is so beneficial. Start running, do some push-ups, or simply find the time to take a walk, and you’ll feel much better in no time.
2. Get some sleep
Maybe you are too tired to work out? Try to get some sleep. When you are tired you are less patient and more tensed, and this can increase stress. A nap of only 20 minutes will give you a boost of energy but if you want to reduce your stress, it’s recommended to sleep 1 or 2 hours.
Fun fact: sleeping will also bolster your immune system!
Do you have a lot of work to do, plenty of deadlines and feel suffocated with your schedule?
No worries, here’s a little secret that not many apply, but that has great value: Find a place that is preferably quiet, sit down on the ground or on a chair, close your eyes if you want, and simply start…to breathe. Start being present in your body, and let go of all thoughts. This is called meditation. With just 10 minutes you will reduce stress and increase your productivity. Give it a try and let us know if you feel any better.
4. Learn to say no
Another way of dealing with a schedule full of responsibilities, endless deadlines and social engagements, is to create more time for yourself, by using the powerful “no” word.
It’s important to say no without feeling guilty. Setting boundaries is healthy, and it’s a way of respecting and taking care of your self.
5. Stop procrastinating
There is a difference between investing your time in some meditation or a power nap, and simply procrastinating. We all know that feeling of stress due to not doing something we know we should do. This is why it’s so important to decrease the list of things to do (by learning to say no) but work hard on the things that we choose to do. Remember that procrastination is a major source of stress, so dealing with it, it’s fundamental.
6. Talk to someone
Stress can cloud your judgement and prevent you from seeing things clearly. Talking things through with a friend, work colleague or even a family member, can help you by either distracting you from your stressful thought or by helping you find solutions to your stress and put your problems into perspective.
Authors: Leonardo Marino & Emma Madholm.