3 Ways to Conquer StressAuthor: Diplomat Pharmacy Date: July 01, 2019
"There is more to life than increasing its speed." —Mahatma Gandhi
Stress always seems to show up when you’re too busy for it. Don’t let it distract and overcome you: Conquer your stress one day at a time by preventing normal stress triggers, resetting your mind when you become overwhelmed, and relieving any lingering tension.
Approaching stress can be easier if you’ve made a game plan in advance. You can reduce potential anxiety by preparing yourself for the work ahead with these daily habits:
Clear your mind. Start with just five minutes a day and work your way up to 20 minutes for total immersion in meditation. Focus on your breathing. If you need some inspiration, look for guides or apps to help get you started.
Organize Your Effort
Prioritize your tasks and commit to a specific amount of energy for each. When your time is up, move on. Organizing your to-do list will help you stay calm and avoid overworking yourself.
Set a Bedtime and an Alarm
That’s right — your parents were on to something! When you go to sleep at the same time every night, your body falls into a routine and it will become easier to sleep and wake.
However, sticking to a proper bedtime isn’t the only obstacle. The unnatural glow from electronics can prevent your brain from winding down. Turn off your screens and take 15 to 30 minutes before bed to read or meditate.
Your coat got stuck on the door handle. You caught every red light. You were late to a meeting.
So many little things can build up during one day that it feels like the universe must be against you. Take action as soon as you feel this kind of stress with these quick ways to reset and restore balance.
Your normal, everyday breathing is typically a shallow inhale from your chest. When you practice deep breathing, it comes from your diaphragm and allows your lungs to take in more oxygen.
For the best results, inhale for five seconds through your nose, expanding the area below your ribs. Then exhale through your mouth, pushing all the air out by tightening your core muscles. Repeat this as many times as you need to.
Accept What You Can’t Control
Your energy and brain space are valuable. If you encounter a situation you can’t fix, accept it and focus your time on something you can change. You are not stuck in one place; if you take the time to think, there are always other options.
Shake it Off — Literally
Start with your hands and continue to the rest of your limbs to loosen up your body. Stress tightens your muscles, so why not counter it with some dancing? Athletes need to warm up before they perform, and so do you.
If anxiety follows you around like a gray cloud, you need an outlet. Find an activity that relaxes you and relieves the stress that’s built up.
Talk it Out
Call someone who knows you well. They may be able to offer advice that helps you understand what happened, or how to handle it next time. If you just need to vent to someone, tell them up front that you just need a listening ear.
Physical activity is a great way to clear your head and rebalance. Use your pent-up stress to exercise and find some relief. Remember to hydrate yourself and stretch beforehand — injuring yourself will only cause more stress!
Address the Stress
Stress often follows you until you face it. Journaling is a great way to confront the things that are stressing you out. Empty all your thoughts, then close your journal. Leave the stress on the page and walk away from it.
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