We are living in a very difficult time that is impacting every single person. Everyone's life has changed in one way or another and some of these changes will be around for the foreseeable future. This has caused unprecedented levels of stress during an already stressful time.
Although stress can at times be positive (also known as eustress), most people think of stress as any type of physical, mental and emotional tension. When someone talks about being stressed, it typically means they are uncomfortable and they may or may not know what is causing it.
Stress can have a number of negative effects on the body, including: headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure, stomach aches, low sex drive, muscle tension and more.
You may or may not know what is causing the stress in your life and you may or may not be able to control it. Regardless, it is important to manage stress for your health and your happiness, and there are many different ways this can be done. Here are some ways to reduce stress, regardless of the cause:
Physical exercise is a great stress reducer. You don't need to go from a sedentary lifestyle to running marathons in a day. Any type of movement helps. So whether you take a walk, go for a run, dance around the house, or decide to plant that garden... the physical activity will help.
Focus on a Hobby or Learning Something New
Sometimes, a little distraction can go a far way. Do you have a hobby you love? Is there something you always wanted to try or learn about? Do something you truly enjoy or try something new.
Write it Down
Writing down your thoughts and feelings during a stressful time not only helps you to further identify what may be bothering you, it has been shown to reduce the intensity of those thoughts or feelings. Start writing.
Spend Time With Friends and Family
Getting together in person is best but not always possible. It doesn't matter whether you get together in person, talk online or simply text. Getting social support by spending time with people whose company you enjoy can greatly help to reduce stress.
Take a Deep Breath
Deep breathing helps to relax the body and the mind. Breathe in through your nose, hold it for a few seconds and breathe out through your mouth slowly.
Laughter is a great way to change your mood. Watch a funny TV show, comedian or movie, think about a funny experience you had that makes you laugh or call one of your friends who is funny.
These are just a few ways to help reduce stress. They may not change what is causing the stress but they help to distract you from it for a short time or possibly for good.
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