Living a stress free life sounds a lot easier than it is. Stress is something that many of us suffer with. Some on a smaller scale, some on a larger scale. Some stress so much that they struggle to eat, or eat more than usual. Some lose hair. Some lose sleep. It all depends on the individual. Whatever your circumstances, it’s easy to see why stress should be kept to an absolute minimum. Here are a few pointers to living a stress free life:
Learn To Let Go Of What You Can’t Control
The first step is to learn to let go of what you can’t control. It’s natural for us to worry about almost everything that we experience, because we are designed to survive. If anything threatens that survival, our brains go into overdrive trying to come up with a solution!
However, you won’t ever come up with a solution if you’re in a stressed out state. The only way you’ll come up with a reasonable solution to anything, is by staying calm and figuring it out from a place of clarity.
If you know there’s nothing you can do about a situation, let go of trying to control it. You never know; the universe might just have a different plan for you!
Use Your Breath To Your Advantage
The majority of people don’t realize that we are equipped with a tool that can de-stress us almost instantly. Our breath! By taking deep breaths in slowly, holding the breath, and then breathing out slowly, you can relax in just a few moments. Many people breathe in a way that signals ‘stress’ to the body. Usually short breaths that don’t reach the diaphragm. This means the body thinks it is stressed even when it’s in a relaxed state!
Choose The Right Therapy For You
There are so many therapies out there that have been renowned for reducing stress. Color therapy, for example, uses color to improve your mood. There’s a mood behind each and every color, and knowing how to use them could help you in the long run!
Then there’s aromatherapy. This uses lots of different oils, such as lavender, geranium, and coconut. Oils are expertly blended, and the scent of them can help you to instantly de-stress. You can place them in a diffuser in the home, a few drops in your bath, or place some in an aroma necklace to take with you everywhere you go. You can buy pre-blended oils, which is best if you don’t know what you’re doing, as some oils shouldn’t be mixed. For general relaxation, you can’t go wrong with lavender on its own!
Going for a treatment at a place like Brilliant Massage Therapy could also help to get that stress under control. If you suffer with tension and knots in your muscles, a good massage will help to release them and have you feeling brand new.
Cut Down On Screen Time
It’s the 21st century, so it wouldn’t be realistic to cut down on screen time altogether. However, cutting back on it as much as possible will help you to feel better. If you’re a social network user, ask yourself why you care about others lives so much anyway? You could use that time to focus on your own life! If you mindlessly scroll in the evening, try to read a book instead. Cut back on TV, and make sure you don’t have any screen time at least an hour before bed. The time you save from not sitting in front of a screen can make your life so much better!
Make Sure You’re Getting Good Quality Sleep
Getting a good quality sleep is just as important as getting 7-8 hours a night. Again, your quality won’t be as good if you mess up your circadian rhythms up by staring at a screen, so make sure you bear that in mind! You should keep your room as dark as possible, and make sure you have the right mattress. Going to bed earlier usually helps you to get a better quality sleep than going to bed later, even if you get the same amount of hours!
Be Mindful Of What You’re Putting In Your Body
Drinking too much caffeine, smoking, and taking in too much alcohol is going to put the body under stress. Eating the right foods and getting plenty of H20 is going to help you to feel happier and healthier!
Getting some exercise around 3 times a week will help you to eliminate stress too. Exercising in the morning can make your whole day seem brighter, even if you have a tough task to do at work. Exercising after a rough day can make you feel as if it never happened!
Start living a stress free life today!
This is a contributed post.