Do you feel like you’ve been under a lot of stress lately? Stress is a modern day epidemic, responsible for serious physical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke, and psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression.
When you’re under a lot of stress, you find it hard to focus on work or on your relationships, and this affects the quality of your life. Follow these quick and simple tips to lower your stress levels.
#1: Sleep for at least 7 to 8 hours every night.
One of the biggest reasons for people to suffer from stress is that they don’t get enough sleep. It’s hard enough to get sleep when you have so many distractions in your life such as TV, social media, gaming, etc. Avoid switching on TV or cruising Facebook as soon as you come home from office. Instead, meditate or go out for a walk, or relax with a good book in hand. That will calm you down, and you will get the 7-8 hours of restful sleep you need.
#2: Take the right kind of supplements.
There are a number of supplements you can take which help reduce some of the stress and anxiety that you feel. Examples of such supplements are lemon balm, Ashwagandha, Kava-Kava, Valerian and Omega-3 supplements. Taking one or two cups of green tea every day can help reduce your stress levels as well.
#3: Visit a therapist.
When you feel like you’re under a lot of stress, and things are getting out of control, maybe you need to talk to someone. It would be a good idea to visit a therapist and talk to them about the issues that trouble you, which cause you so much stress. The therapist will put your problems into the right perspective and help you find a solution for them.
Deep relaxation techniques such as meditation can calm you down and help you focus better. Meditation helps you stay in the present and stop worrying about the future.
#5: Exercise regularly.
Are you exercising as often as you should? When you’re under a lot of stress, the body triggers a fight or flight response. Exercise can help restore the body back to a calm and relaxed state. Go to the gym, or just go for a long walk after a long, hard day at work.
#6: Limit your coffee intake.
Coffee contains caffeine. There’s nothing wrong in having two or three cups of coffee a day, but when you take more than that, it makes you feel jittery or anxious and adds to the stress.
#7: Manage your time better.
Follow the 80/20 principle or Pareto principle, and prioritize the things that you consider important. Don’t procrastinate, do the hard things first. The more you delay things, the more the stress builds up.
#8: Take charge, take control of the situation.
Turning away from a problem won’t make it go away. For example, looking the other way when a co-worker does something ethically wrong at the office will not make the problem disappear. That will only add to the stress you’re feeling.
Always do the right thing or the ethical thing in any situation, take charge and be fearless in your life. Take your problems head on, live a guilt free life, assume responsibility for your actions and own up to your mistakes - that is the only way to make the stress go away.
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