Life can be very stressful. Whether it’s paying off student loans, trouble with the wife or being stuck in a dead-end job, everyone has his own issues to deal with. And while some issues may be bigger than others, we all deal with and feel stress in our daily lives. This stress and pressure takes a toll on us and our health.
From migraines to high blood pressure, eating disorders or even heart attacks, stress is a major factor. And since we can’t simply make the stressful parts of our lives disappear, obligations and expectations don’t magically go away, we must find ways to help relieve the stress in order to live healthier and happier lives.
So, how exactly can one deal with the pressures of life?
We have comprised a list of the most effective stress-relief techniques and tips to help you get on the path towards a more balanced and stress-free life.
Breathe in, breathe out
One of the most important ways to deal with stress is to remember to breathe. It sounds simple enough, but people rarely tend to realize the importance of breathing. Just close your eyes and take three deep breaths. In, hold for a second or two, out. In, hold, out. And once again. Now open your eyes. This simple breathing technique does wonders to help reduce stress levels, clear your mind and allows a new cycle of oxygen to spread throughout your body and up to your brain. This quick technique is best applied at the peak of a high-pressure situation. For me, it’s traffic. Any time I’m running late and stuck at a red light, or in the back end of a bumper-to-bumper traffic jam, I take three deep breaths and remind myself that getting upset won’t change my situation, so I might as well embrace the reality that I’m facing rather than let it eat at from within.
Sweat it out
Another great way to deal with pressure is to sweat the stress right out. Sport activities are not only beneficial for stress relief, but they are also very important for living a healthy life. Whether it’s a more general sport like jogging or going to the gym, or a sport directed at relief, such as Yoga or Pilates, taking the time to get your heart pumping and body sweating is essential.
Eat your troubles away
One undesired side effect of stress is over-eating. People tend to snack on junk food and guilty pleasures when they are under a lot of pressure, and this can lead obesity and many health risks. On the other end of the spectrum, many people dealing with stress on a daily basis may actually lose their appetite and risk their health by not eating enough. In order to deal with both possible side effects, it is important to eat healthy snacks. An apple, a fresh veggie juice and a granola bar are good examples of snacks that will help deal with stress-eating.
Set aside “me time”
Recharge your batteries by setting aside some time to forget about everything else and do what you love. This must be a priority. Read a book, listen to some music, play bowling or just take a nap. Do whatever makes you happy, those moments will help you recharge and find the mental and physical strength to cope with daily pressures. As long as you emphasize penciling in some “me time” in your busy schedule, you will never feel overwhelmed by feelings of stress or anxiety.