“We are deluding ourselves if we think that we can indefinitely endure the macro stresses that accompany impersonal encounters, less sleep, more work, less leisure, raising kids in this dangerous world, bad marriages, less exercise, junk and processed foods eaten on the run, hyper-caffeinated and sugar-saturated beverages, addictive devices that give us “screen sickness,” traffic jams, flight delays, and so much more, and come away unscathed.” – Roberta Lee, M.D.
Stress is a feeling of being under abnormal pressure, whether it is an increased workload, an argument with a family member or financial worries. Stress can jack up your blood pressure, makes you feel uncomfortable and makes life unbearable.
Here are 6 practical ways to manage stress
- Take a deep breath
Develop the practice of taking several deep diaphragmatic breaths in a tense moment; it clears the mind, body, and soul.
- Do something you enjoy
When under stress, pause for some minutes and do something you really enjoy doing. It might be your hobby, a creative activity such as writing.
Exercise relieves stress in several ways. First, cardiovascular workouts stimulate brain chemicals that foster growth of nerve cells. Second, exercise increases the activity of serotonin and/or norepinephrine. Third, a raised heart rate releases endorphins and a hormone known as ANP, which reduces pain, induces euphoria, and helps control the brain’s response to stress and anxiety.
- Slow down
Modern life is so busy, slowing down can help refresh and help you overcome stress.
- Relax Your Muscles
When you’re stressed, your muscles get tense. You can help loosen them up on your own and refresh your body by:
Enjoying a massage
Taking a hot bath or shower
Getting a good night’s sleep
- Learn how to recharge.
There are many ways to recharge yourself and clear you your head.
Go to a quiet place and imagine the wonders of nature,
Avoid negative people,
Take a break, etc.