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Techniques For Overcoming Stress

It is often said the stress is a modern endemic. Often, people will use unhealthy habits such as drinking or smoking as an emotional crutch during stressful times. Unsurprisingly, this is not a helpful way to deal with the stress in the long term and it can actually perpetuate the problem. So what can you do if you are one of the millions of people who is finding life a little overwhelming at times?

Breathe

Get Active

The top thing that experts recommend for busting stress is getting more exercise. Physical activity can counteract many of the negative effects of stress as it reduces blood pressure and will release endorphins, which will relax you and boost your mood. This won’t make the root cause of your stress go away, but it will give you the calmness and mental clarity to tackle your problems.

Take Action

Stress worsens if we feel helpless, therefore the worst thing you can do is sit and dwell on your situation. Instead, learn to be proactive when a stressful situation arises and start looking for a solution. Finding the motivation to do this can be difficult, but once you start the empowerment will greatly reduce how stressed you feel.

Make Time For Yourself

Stress is often at its worst when you feel you have too much to do, but it is crucial that you make “me time” a priority. Schedule in some regular time to take part in activities you enjoy. When you are having fun your stress levels will drop, and you will find that in the long term you are happier, less worried and more productive.

Get Social

Even if you are fairly introverted, spending time with other people can help to reduce your stress levels. This is because when you discuss your problems with other people, the enormity of the situation can seem to diminish. This might be because you have overblown the significance of a problem, or it might be because your friends, family or colleagues can help you to devise a solution. If you enjoy being social then just being around other people can also help to lower stress levels as you are having fun.

Learn New Skills

Although this might seem a slightly odd suggestion, learning a new skill – such as speaking a new language – can really help you become less stressed. Scientists think that this is because mastering new skills increases our confidence, and as we feel more empowered we become more able to deal with life’s challenges.

Be Positive

Although not everyone agrees that being positive is the solution to all life’s problems, there is good scientific evidence that positive people are more able to cope with stress. If you are going through a period of stress, make some time to focus on the good things in your life. Studies have shown that the best way to become more positive is to practice gratitude, so try to think of 5 things you are grateful for before you go to bed each night.

Stress is always going to be a part of life. Learning how to deal with it effectively can enhance your wellbeing.