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 your relationships, affecting your quality of 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 people suffer from stress is their lack of sleep. It’s hard enough to get sleep when you have so many distractions, such as TV, social media, gaming, etc. Avoid switching on the TV or cruising Facebook as soon as you leave the office. Instead, meditate, walk, or relax with a good book. 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 several supplements you can take that help to 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 daily can also help reduce your stress levels.
#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 and cause you so much stress. The therapist will put your problems into the right perspective and help you find a solution.
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 to a calm and relaxed state. Go to the gym, or go for a long walk after a long, hard day at work.
#6: Limit your coffee intake.
Coffee contains caffeine. There’s nothing wrong with having two or three cups of coffee daily, but taking more than that makes you feel jittery or anxious and adds to the stress.
#7: Manage your time better.
Follow the 80/20 or Pareto principle, and prioritize the important things. 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 or the ethical thing in any situation, take charge, and be fearless. Take your problems to head, live a guilt-free life, assume responsibility for your actions, and own up to your mistakes - that is the only way to reduce stress.
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