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Today’s world and a global pandemic have caused more stress than ever before. Fortunately, there are a few things you can actively do to try to find balance and reduce stress from your life. These simple exercises and activities will help you to find more energy to tackle all that life brings your way.

 

Start a new hobby

While you might be stressed out and feel like you do not have any free time to take on anything new, now is exactly the time you should try something a little bit different to your norm.

Hobbies are a way for us to have fun doing things we enjoy. A good hobby will naturally relax you and start to make your stress abate. Having fun helps you to relax, and it also can release endorphins in the body. Endorphins naturally help our bodies fight stress [1].

 

Meditation

 

One of the oldest methods of relaxation still works today. In fact, now it can be easier to meditate than ever before as there are apps on your phone that can help.

Meditation is known to relax the body and relieve stress. You might feel some physical symptoms abating with frequent meditation, as it can calm your nervous system, and help your muscles loosen up.

 

Improve your appearance

Doing a little something to help ourselves feel better always helps to lift stress.

Maybe try out a new hair-cut, get a makeover, or buy a new outfit. One word of caution: If finances are stressing you out, do not do a retail therapy trip and spend several hundred dollars that would just add to your stress. Something small like a new outfit or a haircut could do loads for your self-esteem. Research shows that having low self esteem could potentially cause an increase in stress [2], so if you can find ways to continue to feel good about yourself during stressful situations, that will help alleviate some of the negative effects stress can have on your body.

Eat well and exercise


Diet and exercise are some of the best ways to stay healthy and counteract stress. While stress might lead you to want to drink alcohol or binge-eat junk food while watching Netflix, none of that will help you physically feel better.

Try to get outside every day, whether you go for a long walk or jog. Alternatively, you can sign up for a hobby that offers physical exercise such as dancing lessons or swimming.

Make sure you’re drinking enough water too. 

Lots of water will help your body flush out toxins, which help alleviate stress that affects your muscles and bloodstream. Eating fruits and vegetables will help feed your body the vitamins necessary to fight off stress.

 

Talking to a professional to resolve your stress

 

Sometimes, instead of alleviating the symptoms of stress and making your body feel better, it is better to eliminate the root of the stress. Sometimes the root cause of stress will be easy to identify – maybe you lost your job, are grieving losing somebody, or are going through divorce. In these cases, you can take tangible steps towards eliminating stress like looking for a new job or leaning on friends and family for emotional support.

 

Other times, the root of your stress might not be as clear. Maybe you are not sure what you are doing with your life or don’t have an idea of what you want from your life, which can cause a great level of stress and unhappiness.

If you are feeling bogged down and constantly under stress and pressure, do not be afraid to reach out to a professional like a life coach or a therapist. There are trained professionals available to help you identify the source of your stress, and to help you learn tools to help you better cope with the stress.

Stress is a leading cause of heart problems and other significant health complications. You should absolutely look into how you can either eliminate causes of stress, or find some stress management strategies so you are better equipped to handle the stress in your life.  Not only will this make you feel happier and more relaxed, it could also significantly improve your health.


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