Practical Tips To Help You Manage Everyday Stress

In this article, we will discuss some tips on how to manage stress in order to prevent its related complications.

It is normal to feel stressed from time to time, but too much stress can be a problem.

Stress can be beneficial to you in small amounts. In small doses, stress helps improve athletic performance. It also plays a factor in motivation, adaptation, and reaction to the environment. Excessive amounts of stress, however, can be detrimental to your health.

Chronic stress can precipitate several ailments, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease).

 

Now, without further ado, here are some practical tips to help you cope with stress in your everyday life:

 

 

 

Exercise Regularly

 

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), getting regular exercise is the best and cheapest way to reduce stress levels.

This is believed to be mediated via the release of stress-relieving hormones, such as serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine.

Unfortunately, not many people are taking advantage of this marvelous stress reduction tool.

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Eat A Healthy Diet

 

Eating a healthy diet rich in whole, unprocessed food can reduce cortisol-release in the bloodstream, which is the primary hormone responsible for inducing stress.

Cortisol is the cornerstone of all the damage caused by stress since it exerts its actions on several organ systems.

Be sure to get the majority of your calories for the day from healthy items like fruits, vegetables, whole grains products, and lean sources of protein and if you’re keeping your daily intake of sugar, salt, and bad fats in check then you should be fine.

 

Drinking enough water is also a big part of maintaining a healthy diet. Water cleanses the body and supports digestion. It removes toxins from the inner workings of your organs and bloodstream. It all depends on many factors as everyone is different, but your goal should be to drink at least eight, eight-ounce glasses of water daily.

 

 

 

Sleep Well

 

Sleep disturbances (e.g. hypersomnia, insomnia) are associated with a constant state of alertness, which elevates cortisol levels.

One of the benefits of getting enough sleep is that your body will downregulate the secretion of stress hormones, which subsequently leads to stress reduction and improved mood the very next day.

Make sure to fix your sleeping habits and pay close attention to sleep hygiene. Additionally, you must get 7-8 hours of sleep even if it feels like you only need 5 to function.

Chronic sleep deprivation is detrimental to your body and should be avoided at all costs.

 

 

 

Don’t Rely On Caffeine, Alcohol, And Nicotine

 

Whether it’s caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine, all these substances can be very damaging to your body if consumed chronically. Additionally, all three substances have high addictive properties and cause physical and psychological dependence.

Therefore, instead of relying on these substances to reduce your stress, switch to more calm-inducing activities, such as yoga, meditation, and music.

 

 

 

Keep A Positive Attitude Toward Life

 

”A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.” ― Patricia Neal

Always surround yourself with good company and keep the negative thoughts and attitude out of your life. Think of the positive things you have, and learn to appreciate and be grateful for the life you created.

 

 

 

Go Easy On Yourself

 

This tip is especially beneficial for people who care too much! People who are always trying to control every aspect of their lives and blame themselves for everything bad that happens to them.

Just go easy on yourself, you cannot control everything in your life. Stop worrying about the things that you have no control over, and start living your life.

 

 

 

Manage Your Time Wisely

 

Getting overwhelmed by work and personal issues is a powerful trigger of the stress response. Therefore, you should try to be more organized, and the best way to do that is to manage your time wisely.

Time management is a valuable skill because it helps you structure your work in a way that allows you to achieve more with less effort. In other words, it helps improve your productivity.

Make a ”To Do” list before the start of the day, prioritize the tasks and focus on the most important ones.

Make sure not to bite off more than you can chew. Learn to say ”no” and politely refuse to accept additional tasks if you think that you’re already overloaded with work. 

Get A Massage

 

Musculoskeletal manipulation has been shown to induce the release of anti-stress hormones, such as dopamine and serotonin. Multiple studies have also shown the benefits of massage in reducing stress and anxiety while inducing relaxation and feelings of well-being.

 

 

 

Deep Breathing

 

In a 2017 study, scientists found that diaphragmatic breathing (deep breathing) has the potential to improve cognition, reduce stress, and enhances attention span.

Sadly, many people ignore the benefits of such a simple technique, even though many researchers advocate for its efficacy.

 

 

 

Meditation And Yoga

 

In a classic 2014 meta-analysis, researchers reviewed 17,801 citations and 47 trials with 3,320 participants.

The effects of meditation on stress were clearly apparent, and scientists concluded that “Despite the limitations of the literature, the evidence suggests that mindfulness meditation programs could help reduce anxiety, depression, and pain in some clinical populations. Thus, clinicians should be prepared to talk with their patients about the role that a meditation program could have in addressing psychological stress.”

The same goes for yoga.

In a recent study published by the International Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers found that regular practice of yoga could significantly reduce stress, depression, and anxiety.

 

 

 

Practice A Hobby

 

”In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” ― Lee Iacocca

 

Overthinking is your number one enemy! In our day and age, people are overthinking everything; their financial, personal, and emotional situations.

Over time, this could be extremely destructive to the body and may lead to many of the aforementioned complications of stress.

When does overthinking occur? When you have free time.

Therefore, it is crucial to fill your free time with beneficial hobbies, such as playing chess, reading books, listening to music, practicing a sport, or doing yoga/meditation.

 

 

 

Identify Your Stress Triggers

 

Everyone has their own problems.

Unfortunately, we might get stressed without realizing what’s causing our stress! Your subconscious mind might be alerted by an external factor that you can’t even identify.

For this reason, you should keep a journal and write down everything that happened during that day to narrow down your stress triggers. Once you successfully pinpoint the cause of your stress, you can then try to eliminate it from your daily routine.

If you can’t eliminate your stress triggers from your daily routine, at least make sure to minimize their effect. Doing so can help you drastically reduce your daily stress.

 

 

 

Spend Time With People You Love (Talk About Your Problems)

 

Talking to someone about how we feel is always a good idea. After all, that’s all we do when we see a shrink.

Gather around people you love. Friends and family are always there to support you when you need it. Express your fears, issues, and the reason you are stressed.

It’s true that our human nature pushes us away from sounding weak; however, you should always have a “safe place”. A person you trust who you can share your darkest secrets with.

 

 

 

Join A Support Group

 

Getting together with people who want to reduce their stress can be very beneficial to you.

You will hear stories of people you don’t even know, gain experience from individuals who have been in your current position at some point in their lives, and most importantly, talk about your own problems to unload that pressure you’ve been carrying alone for too long.

 

 

 

Consider Natural Supplements

 

Natural supplements that are rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant substances can be a great tool to counter the effect of harmful hormones (e.g. cortisol).

Green tea is a great example of a supplement that can significantly reduce stress.

In a 2017 study, scientists found that green tea lowered in caffeine has a superior effect at reducing stress markers when compared to placebo.

 

 

 

Seek Professional Help

 

If none of the above works, it may be time to seek the help of professionals. Talking to a certified psychologist does not make you weak, it just makes you human!

Moreover, everything you say during therapy sessions is confidential, so you can talk about anything that’s stressing you out.

Your therapist will also try to help you deal with those stressors to minimize their effects on you.

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