Our lives in the modern world are filled with all kinds of stressors and unfortunately, we can’t always avoid them.  Anyone who has been affected by stress knows all too well that it can sometimes affect our relationships, our ability to function at work, and even our health.

Stress can cause some people to cope in negative ways such as alcohol and drugs. They may feel temporary relief but the stress only comes back even worse than before.  Drugs and alcohol will not resolve your difficulties. In fact, they will often just add more stress to your life.

So it’s in your best interest to reduce the stress levels in your life as much as possible and the following tips can help with that process:

  • Schedule time in your day for stress relievers.  Too often we focus so  much on the things that are CAUSING stress in our lives, that we don’t take time out for ourselves in order to alleviate the stress.  So be sure to schedule out a block of time be it one hour or more, half an hour or even if it’s a mere 15 minutes.  Take time out for YOU!
  • Don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed by minor worries.  I’m sure you’ve seen, read, or even bought a picture or other article with the “Serenity Prayer”.  If something is beyond your control, then learn how to accept it, do what you can and then move on with the rest of your life.  Time spent worrying is time wasted and it takes away from you in more ways than one.
  • Video games are a wonderful form of reducing stress.  When playing video games, your focus is on how you can beat the game. This can help clear your thoughts. It can really give your mood a boost, regardless if you are playing alone, or with friends.  I know what you’re probably thinking…they’re mindless time wasters, right?  Well, that depends on how MUCH time you spend on them!  Again, allot a certain amount of time and have the discipline to stop when time’s up even if you haven’t beat the game.  Just tell yourself, “I’ll beat it tomorrow!” and go on to doing something else.
  • Show your pearly whites! The simple act of smiling is an instant way to relieve stress. We usually smile when we feel happy and relaxed, however, smiling can result in a happy and relaxed feeling. Smiling can improve your mood and help reduce the stress and anxiety that you feel. During stressful activities, break out your smile so you feel calmer and less burdened by stress.
  • Learn to accept your role and responsibility in whatever situations are in your life – then, work on ways to improve yourself!  If you always blame others and make yourself out to be the victim then you are only going to increase the amount of stress in your daily life.  You really should change this way of thinking through personal development.
  • Get organized for quick stress reduction. Much of the stress you experience is due to forgetting to do things before the last minute, or simply losing something you need. These things can cause a great deal of frustration. By keeping things neat and well-organized, you will have more control of your life. This can significantly reduce stress.
  • Try just letting go. Even if you can’t believe it, it is true that people don’t like to deal with change even though that may take away stress. Admitting that your resistance to change is keeping you stressed can make it easier to accept that you need to change. Although it can be difficult to change your old ways, establishing control can really instigate positive changes in your life.
  • Change your surroundings whenever you are feeling stressed out. For example, visiting your family at their home may cause you great stress. Instead of visiting their home, you can meet in a more neutral place; such as a restaurant or park. The change in scenery may decrease this stress and lead to a newer, happier relationship forming all over again.

If you are suffering from too much stress, this can have detrimental effects on all areas of your life. Making use of any effective method of stress-reduction is extremely important. These tips should help you take a step forward in reducing the amount of stress you experience in a day to day basis. The less stressed you are, the better your life will be!

[Part 2] – Tips to Reduce Stress and Anxiety Naturally…

Cherie King - Your Wellness Advocate

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