Welcome back to part two of the stress relievers series!
In the first article, we discussed some ways to relieve stress levels. Now we’re going to continue with tips to reduce stress and anxiety naturally. But first, I’d like to explore some of the MAIN stress producers and then I’ll share some good stress reducers…
Stress levels in America
Oh boy! Seems like ever since the election, well, probably even beforehand, the stress levels of people here in America have REALLY increased. Some I think people are bringing on themselves, though, simply by worrying themselves into a frenzy about “what’s going to happen”.
Stress levels in college
As a student myself, I can totally relate to school-related stress. The stress of having to pass a class, the stress of paying for college, the stress of exams and papers needing to be researched, written and turned in with NO traces of plagiarism! Yeah, it can be totally taxing!
Stress levels in the workplace
Now being that I am a stay-at-home mompreneur, I don’t relate that much to this BUT… I see evidence of it from my husband as well as others I know personally who do work outside the home. Work-related stress often stems from pressure from the boss, drama with co-workers, pay cuts, long hours and dealing with irate customers.
Stress levels at home
Home should be a peaceful place… a safe haven. But quite often, instead, it ends up being a place of stress when there is concern about bills, relationship issues, problems with the kids and more.
So here are some tips to reduce stress levels at home, in school, on the job and life in general
- Get a hobby – Sometimes all one needs is a way to let off steam and take their mind off of the “everyday” by doing something they enjoy… something that relaxes them. Scrapbooking, knitting/crocheting, golf, swimming, etc. – whatever you truly love and enjoy doing that brings you fun and/or relaxation is what you need to get yourself into.
- Work out -Walking is a wonderful way to reduce stress! But if that’s too ‘boring’, then you can also try Pilates, another amazing stress reducer or something more expressive like kickboxing or Zumba!
- Pray and meditate – Those who take time to be thankful for all they have and seek help and guidance for those things you need help with, tend to experience less stress and anxiety than those who do not. So take time to pray and/or meditate every day! You may even want to get a journal and write down all the things you’re grateful for to put things into a different perspective.
- Curl up with a good book – Personal development books are excellent to help change and greatly improve your mindset and view on life in addition to changing your mood and your attitude.
- Listen to some soothing music – When you listen to soothing, relaxing music, it tends to have a calming effect on the mind.
- Catch some Zzz’s – Taking a quick nap will cause you to feel refreshed. Eight hours of sleep each night is crucial for proper functioning of your body. Getting enough rest also helps you feel and look your best.
- Let “Calgon” take you away! – Remember that commercial? In our hurried lifestyles, we often opt for that quick shower. But sometimes a nice, warm, candlelit bubble bath is just the ticket to relax your cares away.
- “Bust-a-gut” laughing – Laughing reduces stress levels, as well as anxiety and tension. Watch a stupid-funny comedy movie, go to a comedy club or watch your favorite stand-up comedian on DVD…whatever it takes to make you laugh!
- Deep breathing. Counting to 10 while breathing deeply has an instant calming effect. Have your feet planted flat on the ground, relax your arms, shoulders and body, close your eyes and bre-eathe!
- Forgive & forget! Forgiving others and being slow to judge allows you to move forward with your life and in your health. Remember… you are not perfect and neither are the people around you!