As humans, we strive to be happy but most of the time we are in stress. Stress is the silent killer which is difficult to tame until you admit to yourself that you are in stress. There are some of the activities which help to reduce stress quickly.
Moreover, talking to a mental health professional and taking a few steps can help in minimising the effects of stress.
I myself go through the bouts of stress and I have tried myself to find a magic wand to make me stress-free and happy.
What I have noticed is that even if I go to a professional, the most effective way is to reduce any kind of stress is ‘my actions and my thoughts’. Along with professional help, positive thoughts, mindful meditation, exercise helps a lot.
”Stress originates from thoughts and can be lowered with thoughts.”
Causes of stress
Stress can originate from many circumstances. I mean even a small task gone wrong can trigger stress. It is normal to get stressed but we need to work on it and learn to reduce stress.
Though there are few things you can do to reduce stress, the ultimate action is treating your mind, body and soul nicely because they will be with you during the whole life. Anything else will come and go.
Here are few things to reduce stress quickly if you find yourself stressing out on even small things
1. Take time off
If you are working hard and always completing deadlines, it is important to do yourself a favour and take time off. Unwind yourself and feel your surroundings. Go out with your family or friends and watch a movie. If you can afford, go for a vacation.
If you don’t have time to go on a vacation, simple activities like walking every day and forgetting your daily chores will help you reduce the stress to some extent.
2. Limit the use of technology
The technology was invented to spare us some time. This seems to be opposite now. Most f the time is spent on devices and smartphones are number one evils. Studies have shown that checking emails and Whatsapp messages every few minutes reduce the capacity of any person.
As we all know, our brain works best when it concentrates on one single task. Every time we switch our activities, it takes time to adjust to the important task. If you feel like you are always getting distracted by the phone beeps ar vibrations and social media platforms are taking a toll on your life, reduce the usage.
It will help you in squeezing time for leisure activities. I have my husband who is always glued to his phone. He checks it every 5 minutes even if it is charging. What if you have to meet a deadline and you are wasting your time on the phone? You will feel stress for not completing your task and will miss the deadline.
3. Think happy thoughts
When you start feeling stress, it is easy to tame and your little efforts can reap big results. (I am not talking about chronic stress). When you feel stress and anxiety, think about happy thoughts. Guide your mind to think happy imagery, happy thoughts. It will save you from going into chronic stress.
I am very prone to stress and anxiety. Sometimes going to doctor for just a normal routine checkup stress me. And boarding a bus seems to be a daunting task. But thinking some happy thoughts help me relieving those stress creating thoughts. You will agree with me on this one that everything originates from a single thought.
4. Pinpoint some stressbusters
There are always some things in our life which give us happiness in each and every time we think about them. Pinpoint those stressbusters and start thinking about those as soon as you think that you have started getting stressful
Often, a mere thought of something pleasant can diminish the effect of that stressful thought. Or writing down your tress triggers can help a lot. When the stress is in your head, it seems to be really impossible to tackle, but once you write it down, it becomes easy to concentrate and work on eliminating it.
Listen to music: Music is therapeutic. It makes you feel loved, romantic, make you dance etc etc etc.
Thinking about your pets. Yes, some people start feeling good on just thought of their pets.
5. Start meditation
Meditation can do wonders for your overall health and is backed by scientific proofs that it helps in reducing stress. Meditation helps by calming your mind and giving your body the adequate oxygen required for the optimum functioning of all cells and tissues.
Meditation is the act of being in present and enjoying the present moment. Stress is created from the thought of what would happen if….. There can be any amount of thoughts that trigger stress. Mindful meditation can help you distinguish between what is happening and how you are thinking about the future.
Circumstances and situation may never come or may never have that impact.
6. Take on Yoga
I know you would say we all know the good effects of yoga. But the catch is, do you regularly do yoga? If you have never exercised yoga, this is the time to start. I must admit, it has helped me in relieving stress, increase immunity. And improving my stamina and digestion.
At present, I have totally stopped doing yoga because my little one wakes up with me and then I cannot do anything. But yoga gives your stress management a good boost.
Exercise is good for overall health for our body. It helps in improving mental health too with the release of endorphins which have similar effects as the painkillers. Not only this, exercise helps in building up your self-esteem and stamina. Scientific studies have found that exercise also improves the ability to sleep.
We all know that sound sleep helps in relaxing and calming your mind which in turn reduce the stress. Even 5 minutes of the brisk walk can improve the state of mind.
8. Walk around
Walking around can help you fight the symptoms of stress. You can walk even if you are at work. For example, if you have got stress for a deadline or from work pressure, you can walk even near your workplace or go upstairs and come back. This small activity helps a lot in relieving stress.
According to WebMD, Walking helps our body release feel-good hormones known as endorphins. Endorphins have the same effect on the body that pain killers have. They are manufactured in our brain, spinal cord and many other body parts and are released in response to the chemicals neurotransmitters in the brain.
These have an analgesic effect on our body.
9. Talk to your family and friends
Loneliness brings stress and if you have somebody to talk, always share it with somebody. This has a positive impact on your stress levels. I have a personal example, One of my friends calls me sometimes that she feels like she is having stress and will go into depression.
She is going to a counsellor also but still, she feels good after talking to me. The reason is we as friends share something. A feeble string which keeps us attached even when we are not able to meet each other. She has some family problems mean the marriage problem.
Whenever her problems start exaggerating, she talks to me and feels better. I want o admit hee that I have that tendency to uplift anybody who is in distress. So talking to friends and family helps.
10. Laugh to reduce stress quickly
Laughter is a fun way to relieve stress. Who doesn’t love laugh? An extended period of heartful laugh helps in releasing a cocktail of feel-good hormones like endorphins, serotonin, growth hormones etc.
Watching a humorous movie can have an effect for about 12 -24 hours which produces good hormones in the body.
11. Try Aromatherapy
Lighting a candle or using essential oils help in reducing stress and anxiety. Some scents are considered to be helpful in soothing your mind. Aromatherapy can be particularly helpful in reducing stress
- Ylang Ylang
- Orange blossom
These essential oils are considered to be very helpful in calming your stressed mind.
12. Learn to avoid Procrastination
Procrastination is indirectly related to stress. It doesn’t trigger stress directly but those tasks you procrastinate on can lead to stress. For example, you have to complete certain presentation and have a deadline for it, but you goon procrastinating on it and want to complete exactly at the end it will stress you ut.
The best scenario would be to finish it on time and stay free for the rest of the time. Stop procrastinating on important tasks.
My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the theif of time. Charles Dickens “
13. Deep Breathing
Deep breathing exercises help by soothing your body and mind. It helps in relieving all the tension created by stress. Diaphragmatic breathing, mindfulness, belly breathing all help in relieving stress.
Disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only. If you are going through chronic stress, please contact any counsellor or talk to your doctor.
I hope this will help you in reducing your stress to some extent.
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