“Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.” ~ Brian Tracy
According to Gallup, Americans experience more stress than a majority of the world. With events going on currently, even more people are feeling both the physical and emotional symptoms of stress. Use these six easy ways to help reduce the stress in your day-to-day life.
1. Talk with a Friend or Family Member
When you are feeling stressed, having someone that you are close with to talk to can help relieve some of the stress you are feeling or help you overcome an obstacle you are facing. Family and friends’ reassuring voices can help guide you through tough situations and put circumstances into new perspectives to help you see the brighter side of things.
2. Talk Yourself Through a Situation
Sometimes calling a friend isn’t an option. If that is the case, talking to yourself in a calming manner can be the next best choice. Per the New York Times article, The Benefits of Talking to Yourself, talking to yourself can help you see things more objectively, and have a positive impact on your attitude and feelings. Ask yourself why you are stressed out, what you can do to complete the task at hand, and most importantly – remind yourself that you will be okay!
3. Eat Right
What you choose to put into your body can affect your mood and attitude. Healthy eating can help strengthen your immune system and offset the impact of stress. As stated by UCLA’s article, Eat Right, Drink Well, Stress Less: Stress-Reducing Foods, Herbal Supplements, and Teas, nutrients for stress-reduction include Vitamin C, complex carbohydrates, magnesium, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Herbal teas such as chamomile and mint can also have a calming effect on your body. Always remember to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated as well.
4. Laugh it Off
Laughter helps relieve tension and releases endorphins that improve mood and decrease levels of stress-causing hormones, cortisol and adrenaline. According to the American Physiological Society, just knowing that you are about to laugh can boost endorphins by 27% and help set you in motion for feeling better.
Exercise can act as a natural stress-reliever. It not only increases your overall health, but has direct stress-relieving benefits. Like laughing, exercise can help release endorphins. You may have heard of a “runner’s high”, or a feeling of elation during a long run. Mayo Clinic finds that this sensation is not found only in running, but in other forms of exercising and being outside in nature.
6. Try Meditation
Meditation can help produce a more peaceful mind by eliminating chaotic thoughts that may be causing you stress. Experiment with different types of meditation and find out which works best with your mind and body. According to Mayo Clinic, meditation is an umbrella term for different ways leading to a relaxed state of being including guided meditation, mantra meditation, yoga, and many others. Common features in all forms of meditation include focusing your attention, relaxing your breathing, and sitting comfortably in a quiet location. Explore different cellphone applications for an introduction to meditation, or pick up a book from your local library to get started.
Of course, these solutions may not work for everyone. If you are experiencing an overwhelming amount of stress and it is affecting your daily life, we recommend consulting with your doctor.