Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to reduce stress this year? If so, you’re not alone. Stress has become such a deadly part of our everyday lives that we tend to underestimate the dangerous effects it can have on our minds and bodies.
As a matter of fact, prolonged stress can create more damage in the long run than any immediate symptoms may indicate. These long term effects of a regular stress can create dangerous effects on all our major systems.
Let’s face it, we all experience some form of stress in our daily lives. Be it from the workplace, our families, our friends, relationships, health, finances or simply from having a bad day. The cares and worries of our lives can become overwhelming. When this happens we find ourselves on edge, easily agitated and weakening our immune systems.
Here are 7 Ways to Reduce Stress This Year!
30- 60 minutes of meditation will allow you to take time away from the hustle and bustle of the world around you. Find a quiet peaceful place where you can sit by yourself. During this time you can take deep breaths, focus on positive thoughts (creating a personalized mantra is one suggestion) and give yourself a mental and physical break.
2. Take a Warm Bath
Taking a warm bath will relax your muscles and give you time by yourself. If you can manage to do this 1-2 times every week, you will notice a difference in your overall thought process and stress management. To add more relaxation to your time in the tub use lavender bubble bath and sprinkle a little lavender Epsom salt into the water.
3. Get Organized
Too much clutter in your life will leave you feeling unsettled with loose ends. Organizing your home, your office space, your car and your daily tasks will give you more peace of mind and a sense of control over your life. If everywhere you look you see disorganization, you will feel as if there is always something to do and you can’t really relax.
4. Take a Walk
Walking is the simplest form of exercise. It gets you out into the fresh air (away from your stressors) and it helps relax your muscles. Another benefit of walking is weight management. If you’re trying to shed a few or a lot of pounds walking is a natural and easy way to reach your goal.
5. Eat Properly and Get Adequate Sleep
Poor nutrition combined with fatigue and stress is a cocktail for disaster. Getting enough sleep will allow your body time to rest and recoup from the day’s stress and any tension you may be experiencing. A major way to combat stress in your diet is to reduce or eliminate caffeine. Caffeine is known to cause anxiety and induce restlessness.
6. Learn to Say “No”
This is a big one for a lot of us – including me. With all that we have to manage, think about, deal with and take care of each day, where do we find time to cram in a list of things to do for others? I’m not saying to isolate yourself or deny every request that comes your way, but it’s important to learn how to say no when additional tasks will overwhelm us or keep us from accomplishing our own goals.
7. Have Fun!
Are you one of those people who don’t have time to be happy and have a little fun? Take a break from your burdens and do something fun. What’s your guilty pleasure? Give yourself something to look forward to. It can be volunteering to work with senior citizens, visiting your local zoo or just taking the time to watch your favorite television show. Remember to laugh.
So there you have it! Seven great ways to reduce stress without spending money. Life can be as great as you want it to be. Take the time you need to take care of your mind and body and you’ll live longer to appreciate and enjoy all it has to offer.
Add to this list with your favorite ways to reduce stress.