In today's world, it seems that people are facing a lot more stressful situations in their lives than they once had to face many years ago. So it's a good idea that everyone finds ways to help them combat the stress they have to face on a daily basis. Here are some of the top things that you can try to do to help alleviate a lot of the stress in your life.
- Try to avoid stressful people. You should seriously look at the people in your life that have a tendency to cause you the most stress in your life. These are people that seem to zap you of your energy every time that you are around them. They are also people who seem to suck the joy right out of life. It's just not good for your physical and mental health to be around people that do this to you. It may be difficult to do, but if you want to try and get rid of this kind of stress, do your best to avoid these people all together or at least limit the time you spend with them.
- Change your lifestyle. If you want to be able to fight off the affects of stress on your body then you seriously need to try and eat better, take supplements and vitamins to help build up your immune system. Super foods like brightly colored veggies and fruits are a great way to enhance you immune system as well.
- Exercise. OK, this doesn't mean you have to go out and spend a bundle on some gym membership. You don't have to do that to exercise your body and mind. If you just take a walk several times a week, or do some regular exercises in your home several times a week, you are going to help lower your level of stress. Even going out and doing some gardening is going to work wonders.
- Strong spiritual or religious life. This is not bunk. If you allow yourself to have strong and meaningful spiritual or religious life you will be able to find ways to fight stress. Your faith will help you find the strength within yourself to be able to face adversity without falling apart. Have a strong religious or spiritual life is going to make you far better equipped to handle the stress than others who don't.
- Turn the news off. Come on - is there ever anything good on the news? Not usually. Most of the time all the focus is on all the negative news there is. The more negative it is, the better it seems to be for newsworthy content. This is especially good advice for those who just happen to naturally worry about anything. So if the news is getting too negative for you, turn it off. (Even if you don’t think it is – turn off for a week and see how you feel!)
- Get a pet. If you don't already have one, get one. Cats and dogs especially are great stress relievers. It is clinically proven that both cats and dogs have a way of lowering a person's blood pressure just by being around them. Imagine if it were one that was part of your family. If you already have one, then take him or her in your arms and give them a hug, let them sit on your lap, let your dog lick your face or hand. Get close and cuddle. You'd be surprised just how much stress will melt away by doing this.
- Commune with nature. There probably isn’t a single thing that is more relaxing than a quiet stroll through a park filled with trees and birds, butterflies and squirrels. Letting the sun shine on your face or feeling a cool breeze rustling through your hair. There's also nothing like going to the beach if you have one near or one close enough to drive to and sit on the beach doing nothing but listening to the sound of the waves and gulls flying overhead.
- Make time for yourself. One of the most important things you can do for yourself to try and relieve stress is to do something just for you. Take some time out of your day or your week to do something just for you. No family, no friends. Just some time to do something you like to do and if that's nothing, then, do nothing.
The most important thing to remember about stress is that if you don't take care of it in a positive manner you are going to be only hurting your own body, mind and soul.