Five Easy Ways to Reduce Stress in Your Life
Today’s world is filled with stress everywhere you turn. High-demanding jobs, families, kids, extracurricular activities, personal life-it can all be very overwhelming and cause great stress in your life. If you don’t take care to reduce this stress, you can even cause your body to get too run-down and become sick, further adding to the stress factor. Using these five simple tips, you can reduce the stress in your life, without having to quit your job and move to the country away from technology, though that option can be tempting at times, too.
Tip #1: Learn to control your thoughts
Maybe you can’t control your irritating, demanding boss, or your kids’ crazy schedules, but you can control your reaction to these stressors-and significantly reduce your stress even in those stressful moments. Try getting up a half an hour earlier every day and doing some yoga. The simple, quiet of the morning, combined with easy stretching, yoga, and meditation can prepare your mind for the day to come and start your day off relaxed and easy. During the moments of frustration with your life, take a few moments to indulge once more in the meditation you practiced that morning, clearing your mind and relaxing your body. Undoubtedly, just a few minutes is all you will need to calm your nerves and get you back to that “happy place.”
Tip #2: Exercise
Whether you are a morning person or an evening person, you can always find time to exercise for just twenty to thirty minutes a day, causing your body to release endorphins into your bloodstream, which will relax you even after a hard day-or in preparation for one. Exercise has also been shown to change the chemistry of the body itself, which results in better ability to deal with stress. Losing a few extra pounds can also help you to feel better about yourself on a whole, making you happier and more self-confident throughout the day.
Tip #3: Choose better eating habits
High carbohydrate diets, high processed foods diets, and high fat diets all contribute to your body’s sluggishness during the day. When you fill your body up with good, nutritious foods, you will feel better about yourself, your day, and your life, and will look and perform better as well. Avoiding sugar is great, because it ferments in the bloodstream, causing further feelings of “not feeling well” on a whole. Also, avoiding caffeine can reduce your stress by allowing your body to relax a bit more, and not constantly be stimulated unnecessarily.
Tip #4: Choose good vitamin and mineral supplements
Taking a good multi-vitamin and liquid ionic mineral supplement will help to reduce stress in your life by reducing stress on your body. Chances are, you are not getting all of the vitamins and minerals that you need. In fact, studies show that more than ¾ of Americans are not getting the proper nutrients they need. As a result, your body has to work harder to do things that it could get done quite easily if it had the proper tools. Give your body the tools it needs by supplementing with both vitamins and minerals.
Tip #5: Get enough sleep
This one may seem difficult, especially when your workload is really demanding. However, studies have shown that inadequate sleep can lead to a reduction in work quality, meaning you will have to work harder to get the same things done when you are tired. Getting the recommended eight hours of sleep at night is a simple change that can have lasting results on not only your stress levels, but your health in general.