Stress often comes by surprise and no one would choose to be stressed out if they could help it. But the truth is that you have more control than you know. The reasons for your stress might not be your doing, but you have control over how you deal with them. Here are some great ways to deal with stress.
Meditation can be a great way for you to relieve stress. Try meditating each night before you go to bed. Turn off anything around you, close your eyes, and clear out your mind. Don’t think about things you need to get done or problems that you need to solve. Just let your mind relax for a little while and focus on each breath. If your mind starts wondering, just bring it back to your breath. Shutting off your brain takes practice, but each practice session is working off your stress.
Active meditation will nourish your spirit, improve your mood and help you find peace within yourself. Take the time to stop and clear the mind and deep breathe if only for a minute. It can reduce stress, lower your blood pressure and relax the body as well as the spirit.
Rank stressful situations on a scale of 1 to 10. Use a rating system to determine how important the stressful things in your life really are. When you do this, you can train your mind to not stress over little things that shouldn’t be stressed over either way.
Use your sense of smell to reduce stress. Smelling basil, oils of anise, chamomile, bay, eucalyptus, lavender, rose, thyme, and peppermint can all be soothing. For an on-the-go solution, fill a small vial with rock salt and several drops of your preferred fragrance oil. When you breathe in your own favorite relaxing scent you might find that you are better able to calm down.
Warm up to reduce stress. Rub your hands together quickly until they feel warm. Once they are warm, put them over your closed eyes for about five seconds and breathe deeply. The darkness and the warmth work together to be comforting and help take some of your stress away.
A fun way to reduce your stress level is to visit a masseuse. It is very common for people to carry their stress as extremely tight muscles in the neck, jaw, shoulders and back. A massage will work out the tenseness, as well as leaving you rested and reinvigorated.
Try to get as much sleep as you possibly can during the course of the day, regardless of how much you have to work. Lack of sleep will result in increased stress levels, which can limit your productivity and hurt the way that you feel. Aim for 8 hours of sleep a night to feel your best.
Take these tips and take control of your stress. Stress can come into your life often, but you can decide how strong an effect it has on you and your life. Make a decision to fight stress and soon you will find that you find stress easier to deal with and not such a big deal at all.