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12 Highly Effective Ways to Relieve Stress & Anxiety

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It is not unusual to get stressed out occasionally. Whether you are a student or you have entered your professional life as an adult, there will always be something that will give you anxiety.

It is virtually impossible to live a life without feeling anxious, especially these days. Fortunately, this is not all bad. It’s not all bad because stress also serves the purpose of pushing us to do better. For instance, if you don’t feel stressed about that next exam, meeting, or date, you may not bother to prepare for it, and that lack of preparation may lead to unfavorable results.

So, the key is to not eliminate stress & anxiety completely from our lives, but rather, to keep it from reaching unnecessarily high levels.

Here’s why, when your stress exceeds a certain limit, it becomes unhealthy. Getting stressed out on the smallest things will slowly cause chronic anxiety, which will affect your physical health as well.

What Can Cause Stress?

Causes of stress can be unlimited. Stress also has several types. These can be intrinsic or extrinsic. Some of the main reasons for stress are typically financial, social problems, physical illness, or related to a history of stress in the family.

Symptom of Stress

You can detect when you are worried or anxious. But how do you know that you need to do something about your stress? There are certain signs and symptoms of stress that affect your body function. When they begin to show, it means that you need to start taking it seriously. Here are some of the common symptoms.

  • You are distracted most of the time.
  • You experience mood swings and feel annoyed.
  • You feel tired all the time.
  • You suffer from Irritated Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
  • You get occasional chest pains.
  • You have a fast heart rate most of the times without realizing.
  • You often get anxiety/panic attacks.

While these symptoms can occur once or twice in your life, they should become frequent. So how do you manage stress and prevent it from affecting your daily life and health? Here are some tips with which you can relieve your stress and anxiety!

1.   Do Things You Enjoy

The obvious and easiest way to relieve your stress is by doing things that you enjoy. It can be anything from painting to reading books to hanging out with your friends. As long as the activity is not harming you in any way, it could be anything. Because you are trying to relieve your anxieties, it is important to nullify it by doing healthy tasks.

Some people like to eat their favorite food when they are stressed, and it can boost their mood. While there is no harm in doing that, you should be careful that the habit does not cause an eating disorder.

2.    Try Natural Remedies

You can choose to fight your negative emotions with anti-depressant medications or natural remedies. Choosing natural herbs and plants, in this case, is always better because they have minimal side effects and can have the same effects as any prescription medicine.

There are herbal teas that people drink to help soothe just as there are essential oils you can use topically in head or back massage.

Cannabis, or marijuana, is one of these naturally found plants that can help decrease your anxieties. There have been many scientific studies, and they have all come to the same conclusion. Everyone needs to know about marijuana edibles and its benefits regarding your mental health.

3.   Unplug

Nature can prove to be therapeutic if you give it a chance, but it will only work once you surrender yourself to it completely. One common reason for stress is the extensive use of electronic gadgets. It is something that not many people realize.

For many people, most of their day revolves around sitting in front of laptop/computer screens. The ultraviolet rays from the gadgets can cause strain on your eyes, which in turn, results in a headache. Slowly, without you realizing, these habits can take a toll on your mental health.

Whenever you feel overwhelmed, you should disconnect from your mobile/laptop and go outside. Taking a small break, away from the electronic devices can recharge you. A better way to get your energy back up is by planning a day out every other week. Leave all your electronic devices and relish in the beauty of nature by going camping etc.

4.   Adopt a Healthy Diet

Most people think that your diet only has effects on your physical health when that is not entirely true. Just as healthy food can impact your physical health; it can have a positive effect on your mental health as well. The right nutrients can benefit your hormones and the chemical composition of your brain. It is possible to stay physically and mentally healthy if you can add the right foods in your diet.

It also means getting rid of all the unhealthy habits. For example, cut off the alcohol, smoking and junk food from your life. These are the things that people turn to when they feel stressed out and end up being more depressed than ever. That is because instead of battling your negative emotions, alcohol and smoking can actually contribute to it.

5.   Do Exercise

Exercise lowers mild symptoms of stress or depression. You feel more confident in handling what life throws at you. It is also a form of meditation in motion. Most importantly, the reason why you feel pumped up afterwards is that it releases endorphins. These hormones are essential for you to be happy.

Exercise does not necessarily mean that you have to join a gym and do push-ups and stay for hours on end . It can be anything that includes moderate physical exertion. For instance, you can do exercise at home on a treadmill, a recumbent exercise bike, or a bowflex. Or, you can simply go for a walk, and that would have a positive effect on your mind and body. If you love to ride a bicycle, do it every day for an hour at least. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter what you do, so long as you get your body in motion.

6.   Get Proper Sleep

If you have a routine where you don’t get enough sleep, it could be a major reason for your persistent anxiety. You need to sort out your sleeping schedule. Having enough sleep does not mean that you can sleep at any time. Our body has its own biological clock. The only way you can feel refreshed is by sleeping at night, and not during the day. Science has proven that sleeping at night is much healthier for your brain as compared to sleeping in the day.

Every person at least needs to get 8 hours of sleep every day. If you can, take a nap of half an hour in the afternoon. Short naps also play a role in reducing stress.

7. Listen To Music

Music can calm you and make you happy. But it will only work if you listen to music that relaxes you instead of making you gloomier.

Take some time out and listen to music so you can think more clearly. Slowly, you will feel a reduction in your stress and a boost in positive energy!

8.   Write It Down

Something as simple as writing can sometimes be more powerful than you can imagine. Many experts recommend patients to keep a stress diary. Whenever you feel worried, take out your diary and write down everything that comes in your mind. Don’t hold yourself back because you have to get rid of all the negative thoughts.

Once you write down what is bothering you, it becomes easy to find a solution to it. If you can’t do anything about it, the diary will help you let it go!

9.   Seek Counseling

This is very much like writing down in a diary. Seeking counsel is something that should be appreciated and encouraged.

A therapist or a counselor can give you an insight on matters, and that can help the way you perceive things. It is also very similar to talking to a family member or a friend, except a counselor is able to give expertise.

10. Relax

Relaxing activities specifically target your stress and negative energy. Meditation and yoga is an example of these activities as they strengthen your mind as well as body. Stress is usually the result of overthinking. Meditation provides the counter treatment by enabling you to control your thoughts and deal with them. Meditating or doing yoga for 15 to 20 minutes can have positive effects on your aura.

11. Aromatherapy

Have you ever loved a smell and the way it made you feel? Some people like the smell of flowers and some people love to hang out in book stores. Your senses are hardwired into your brain. The right smell can make you feel relaxed, and that is why aromatherapy exists. In aromatherapy, you use essential oils such as lavender scents. These scents have a positive effect on reducing your stress.

12. Try Breathing Techniques

Once or twice each day, try breathing techniques. The purpose of these exercises is to remind you to breathe normally. When you are stressed, your heart rate rises, causing shortness of breath. Most of the people don’t realize that their heart rate is inconsistent and a breathing exercise helps get their breathing on track.

As you exhale and inhale, try to unclench your jaw and shoulder muscles. We tend to hold stress by unconsciously clenching our jaw. Sometimes we don’t realize how stiff our neck muscles are. Breathing deeply can help you relax, and it will only take a few minutes.

These tips are simple, as well as beneficial. Try them out, and you will feel a positive change in your life!

Till next time,

STRIVE


One of the best cures for anxiety is knowing who you are, what you want, and where you are going in life. This one little book, can help you gain the confidence to live the life you’re after.

Jack is a psychotherapist and neurodegenerative disorders’ expert. He has been practicing in New York for 25 years now, and since then he has been fighting to make marijuana legal in the United States for it comes with numerous health benefits. You can read his blogs at The Green Ace.

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