How to Relieve Stress?

Everyone has stress in their daily lives. It's important to learn how to relieve stress so that it affects our bodies as little as possible. Stressful situations range from major events like a death in the family to the normal rush hour traffic jam. When your stress is getting out of control and you need quick stress relief.

Here are some of the best natural ways to relieve stress:

  • Breathe deeply and calmly: Sit down somewhere peaceful and take a deep breath into your diaphragm so that you feel your ribs expanding. Once you feel your breath is full, take three more little breaths and hold. Then, exhale fully and try to take three more small exhalations and hold. Repeat 3-4 times.
  • Smile: Sit up straight, push your shoulders back or stand tall. Realigning your posture into a positive mode will help to decrease stress. Look up instead of curling your chin and face downward. Change your expression. As well as grinning, also think about smiling with your eyes and presenting a lighter facial expression.
  • Visualize: You are stressing right now because you're focusing on the problem. Focus on resolving it instead. Think about how things will be when it is completed/fixed/stored away/whatever. Try to "float" through the current problem, telling yourself it is a temporary hitch or issue that will be resolved.
  • Exercise: Physical activity is a great way to let off some steam. Exercise releases endorphins, our natural "feel good" hormones, which boost energy levels and counteract stress hormones, such as cortisol. Find a cardiovascular activity that is fun and achievable, whether it's walking, dancing, a gym workout or a lunchtime run through the park.
  • Listen to music: Since the beginning of time, humans have engaged in chanting, singing, or other rhythmic vocal activities. Listening to music does wonders and is a great way to relieve stress. Music is a significant mood-changer and reliever of stress.
  • Get a Good Night's Sleep: Adequate sleep fuels your mind, as well as your body. Turn off the TV and try to have a warm (not hot) bath, read a book or listen to music before bedtime. Keeping a notebook by your bedside allows you to write down all those things that pop into your head so that they don't play on your mind while you sleep.
  • Organize: Poor time management can cause a lot of stress. When you’re stretched too thin and running behind, it’s hard to stay calm and focused. But if you plan ahead and make sure you don’t overextend yourself, you can alter the amount of stress you’re under.
  • Learn to say no: You cannot do everything you are asked, so why keep pretending that you can. Set yourself realistic expectations and learn how to say "no" when your workload or social and family commitments get too much. Asking for help is not about failure, it's part of good team work.
  • Be thankful: Gratitude does wonders for your state of mind. Notice what you have rather than what you're missing and notice the good that others do around you instead of all their faults. Notice your own good too.
  • Learn to forgive: Accept the fact that we live in an imperfect world and that people make mistakes. Let go of anger and resentments. Free yourself from negative energy by forgiving and moving on.
  • Say sorry and accept responsibility: If you need to apologize to someone, and doing so will not make the situation worse, find a way to do so. And accept responsibility instead of seeking to spread blame. Stress usually results from holding grudges against others long term; this hurts you, not them.
  • Drink plenty of water: If you're dehydrated that can lead to headaches, which just adds to the stress. So relax and get a cup of water. Or a nice herbal tea. Whatever relaxes you and leaves you feeling better.

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