Too much stress can affect your health, physically and mentally. Therefore it is essential to manage stress efficiently and effectively as a part of healthy lifestyle.
Here are three of the best tips that can be used to fight stress:
1. Exercise Daily
Exercise causes the brain to release endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals in the brain that ease pain and produce a sense of comfort and euphoria. It also promotes the nerve cells in the brain to produce other neurotransmitters that improve mood.
Keep in mind that you should do more aerobic exercises than anaerobic exercises. Aerobic exercises can calm jangled nerves and improve bad moods. If you do these every day, it can improve your self-esteem and fight depression. Even just brisk walking for 20-30 minutes can give you the same calming effect as a mild tranquiliser.
While aerobic exercise is stress-reducing, anaerobic exercise, especially in high intensity, is stress-producing. However, it doesn’t mean you have to avoid it completely. It improves your muscle strength and flexibility and as a distraction, can also be a good outlet for negative feelings that you might have bottled up.
2. Shift Your Focus
Have things gone wrong in your life lately? Try to be a little positive and look at the good things in life. Take a moment to reflect on the good things that happened during the day. It will help you appreciate on the small, naturally occurring flow or daily positive events. Positive things are great source of strength and well-being that are present everywhere but get too often ignored.
If you focus solely on the stressful things constantly, you only worsen the stress and give whatever is stressing you more importance than it deserves. Don’t let yourself focus too much on the things that stress you. When you’re feeling stressed out, go watch a movie with a friend or go for a walk in nature.
3. Maintain a Good Posture
Posture can have an influence on the way you think. If you have a good posture, you tend to have good thoughts and feelings. This means there is less or no stress. When you sit up straight, you’re more likely to remember positive memories or think of something positive in general.
If you always practice good posture, you lower your stress, gain more confidence, increase your motivation, and have the ability to basically rule the world.
Physically, poor posture places more stress on your body, making it function less efficiently and predisposing it to injury. Stressed body can also mean stressed mind.
Good posture allows you to breathe properly so that more air can move in and out of your lungs. This results in more oxygen and blood getting to your brain, and therefore reduces stress and anxiety and leaving you feeling happy and content.
It’s a fact that stress is a part of life but this doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it. You have more control over stress than you might think. No matter how stressful your life can be, doing these steps will relieve the pressure and regain control over your life.