Stress has become a “normal” part of our lives. From the days of elementary school students are taught to be afraid to get a bad grade. Most of us live in fear or worry on a daily basis. We stress about big things like school, job, family and we stress about small things like missing a train or being stuck in traffic.
It seems like everywhere we go stress is somewhere to get us. Ultimately, you are stressed because of your thought pattern. Notice, so many of us are uncomfortable with being alone with their thoughts, and we always think about something. We are constantly in a “go go” mode, and we forget to relax.
If you are currently feeling stressed, don’t worry, there are ways for you to feel more relaxed. All of us need to come to an understanding that we can’t be pumping adrenaline into our blood every day. It’s very dangerous for our bodies. If you are interesting in reading in depth about how stress affects, our body read “Why zebras don’t get ulcers” or ”Inner Game of Stress.” These books have changed my whole outlook on stress and how to handle it.
Now on to the steps on how to handle stress and calm yourself down.
1. Eat Sweets
When you consume sugar, it causes your brain to release endorphins that improve your mood. That’s why people are reaching out for ice cream when they are going through a breakup. I know what you’re thinking right now, and no, I don’t mean that you have to eat a whole box of chocolates. You can eat a whole box of dates. If you are following a healthy diet, then for you dates are very sweet. Another option is to eat a big fruit salad. This works marvelously for me. Whenever I am in a bad mood or worried about something, I go and eat something sweet. In addition, consider getting on a healthier diet, this will improve your daily mood.
2. Meditate or do a breathing exercise.
Sit down on the floor, close your eyes and observe yourself breathing in and out. Don’t get mad at yourself for not being able to keep your mind quiet. It takes a lot of practice to do that. This method always helps me when I am feeling worried about something.
3. Make yourself a cup of tea, put on your headphones, lay down on your bed and listen to chill out music.
I love listening to calming music. My personal favorite is the sound of a harp. Another good idea is to listen to the sounds of nature. There are many albums that you can buy on iTunes. Close your eyes, listen to the magnificent sounds and imagine yourself on a beach watching the sunset. Don’t listen to your thoughts, listen to your ears!
4. Watch a Romantic comedy.
The point of this is to take your mind away from your thoughts and after the movie is over you will find yourself a little bit more detached from your problems. If you are looking for a good movie to watch my current recommendation is the Hundred Foot Journey. I loved it!
5. Go for a walk, take a bike ride or go for run
Nature always clears my head and relaxes me. It will do the same for you. Go to your local park and lay down on the grass. Feel yourself connected to Earth and everything around you. Biking or running will also be good because physical activity releases endorphins as well.
6. Pamper yourself.
Take a bubbly bath, light up candles, read a book and relax.
8. Watch the sunset or a sunrise.
Sunsets are my favorite part of the day. When I observe the dusk, all of my problems seem to become so small and insignificant.
9. Do something that you love
If you love drawing and you haven’t done it in a while, then it’s your time to start again. Draw, paint, dance, cook, sing, or sew, do something that makes you happy.
10. Tell yourself that everything will be fine and believe in it.
Positive people are less likely to be affected by stressful situations!
“Life is simple, but we insist on making it complicated” – Confucius
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