Reducing Stress: Don't Let Stress Ruin Your Health
Updated 10-17-2013 10:58 AM by ChristaIB
Are you wondering how to figure out what causes you the most stress? Start by keeping a stress journal to help you identify exactly where the stress triggers are in your life. Do you get agitated by noise or chaos, or is it something else that gets you biting your nails? By keeping a stress journal, you can identify where and when you begin to feel stressed or anxious, and then you can devise a plan to make adjustments in your life to eliminate or counteract those stress triggers.
Are you finding it difficult to pinpoint exactly what your stress triggers are? Don't stress! You can try adopting one or two of these five healthy habits to give yourself some relief until you figure it out.
1. Get Regular Exercise
You don't have to be a fitness junkie to enjoy the stress-relieving benefits of exercise. Even if you work out for only 30 minutes, three times a week, you can raise your endorphins and release some anxiety.
2. Use Simple Acupressure
You don't have to spend any time or money on getting professional acupressure. You can do this on your own. According to acupressure experts, if you press the fleshy area between the thumb and index finger of each hand and apply moderate to strong pressure, you can help yourself relieve stress in just a couple of minutes.
3. Improve Your Diet
Eliminate junk foods and try to eat a healthy diet. Good nutrition helps you to be better prepared for stressful situations. Try these tips to improve your diet:
- Eat breakfast everyday, as well as two more nutritious meals and two snacks during the day
- Reduce your caffeine intake (consume less coffee, soda and chocolate)
- Trade your cup of coffee for a cup of black tea
- Reduce your sugar intake, it creates highs and lows that can lead to stress
- Stop trying to reduce your stress with alcohol, cigarettes and drugs - these only provide temporary relief and create a cycle of addiction
4. Sleep More
Get enough sleep to keep your mind energized. Being over-tired only adds to stress. Try to stop watching television or using electronics at least one hour before bedtime to help your mind settle down for a good night's sleep.
5. Manage Your Time
Make time for activities that help you relax. Be sure to do something that you really enjoy every day. Do you love being outside? Plan to take a walk outside with a friend or enjoy a cup of tea out in your yard or patio. If you live in an apartment, grab a cup of tea to go and take a stroll in the park. Plan ahead so you can spend more time with friends.
Make your life less chaotic or anxiety-provoking by avoiding stressful situations. A good basic rule of thumb is that if you can't alter a stressful situation, you can try to change your reaction to it, thereby, reducing your personal stress level.
Try to let go of things or relationships in your life that cause you stress. Make a choice to move on. A single change or a combination of changes or approaches can work to alleviate stress in your life. Some approaches may work better for you than others. Everyone is different, so try some of the different tips provided and see what works most effectively to reduce stress for you.