Running late is a sure way to start the day in a stressful way. Being as prepared as possible for the following day the night before, encourages a less stressful start to the day. Allowing adequate time to prepare to leave the house, preparing lunch, laying out clothes and ensuring keys and mobile phones are within easy reach, is a stress-free way to start the day.
When the body and mind are stressed, hormones are released into the bloodstream and tension builds up in the muscles. A great way to combat this is to exercise. Physically engaging the body, releases feel good hormones which reduce symptoms of stress. Simply taking a 10 minute walk can ease stress quickly. Walking with a friend or loved one can provide added stress reducing benefits. Exercising on a regular basis can minimize the build up of stress.
Sleep restores and repairs mind and body, but people who are stressed often suffer from a lack of sleep. Going to bed feeling stressed can lead to tossing and turning all night so it’s a good idea to deal with problems before bedtime. A good way to ease problems is to talk to a trusted friend, loved one or therapist about them. Another easy problem solver is to write issues down in a journal. Talking about or writing down problems, can put situations into perspective and make them easier to solve. If stressful thoughts still occur during the night, they can be written down on a notepad to be dealt with the following day.
Individuals who suffer from too much stress, are often doing so much for others, that they don’t have enough time for themselves. Alone time is important for healthy adults and renews body and mind. Soaking in a warm bath, listening to relaxing music, cooking a meal, reading a magazine or sitting in a sunny spot are relaxing ways to spend time alone and reduce stress.
A messy environment can compound feelings of stress. Taking a few minutes each day to clear clutter can quickly reduce stress. Stressed people tend to over scheduled. Taking a little time to plan the day and confirm appointments is a helpful way to start the day.
Stress doesn’t have to interfere with daily life, being prepared, exercising, getting enough sleep, spending time alone, clearing clutter and having a plan, can reduce stress and lead to a happier, healthier life. If symptoms of stress continue to cause problems, a medical professional should be contacted.
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