We all have habits. Some of those habits are more helpful for us than others. What if yours could help you to control your stress?
We are all exposed to stress. It becomes problematic if we are facing high levels of chronic stress. Some of us face more stress than others. For instance, if you’re in a particularly challenging job, or you’re struggling with your relationship, you might find that your stress levels are overly high.
The good news? There are simple things you can do to reduce your stress levels!
Here are 4 simple stress-reducing habits to develop:
Journaling is an often-underestimated practice. Writing down your thoughts and feelings helps you to organize them more effectively. This can also help with processing complex ideas or coming up with creative solutions for your challenges.
- There are tons of ways to get started with journaling. Some people simply grab a notepad and a pen and get to it. Others prefer using journaling apps that come with prompts to guide them. It’s all about finding what works for you.
- You can use many different styles. Some like to write in the format of a letter to themselves or someone they have issues with. That can help to let go of traumatic events of the past. You can also write down some keywords or abstract thoughts. Choose any format that works for you.
- If you don’t want to waste paper, or simply prefer typing, don’t worry. You can create your journal just as well on your computer.
If you’re constantly facing high levels of stress, you might think you don’t have time to exercise. After long days at work or tough days looking after the kids, sometimes all you want to do is sit down and relax.
- While there’s nothing wrong with taking a break, it does help to get more physical activity into your schedule whenever you can. Making a regular dose of exercise part of your daily schedule could make a huge impact on your life.
- You could do something simple, like walking the dog or taking a bike ride. Or you could look into joining health classes and learning how to do something new. There are even classes you can take online these days.
- Exercise is great for boosting endorphins, strengthening self-esteem, and protecting you against a range of ailments.
- Try to get in an exercise block close to your stressor. If you had a stressful phone call, get up and run three times around the block. Get a walk just before going to work if you expect some stressful events to happen that day.
Enjoy some music
Here’s a hobby we can probably all get behind. Who doesn’t love music?
- Music is capable of influencing our mood. It can make us feel motivated or relaxed. Therapists and medical professionals often recommend listening to music for its health-enhancing properties.
- Music can be a fantastic way to relieve stress, physically and emotionally, and it can even reduce your stress perception, by allowing you to relax more completely.
- There are tons of ways to add a little music to your day. You can play your favorite songs on your commute to work or just play some music in the background when you’re cooking in the kitchen.
- Choose wisely the music you use at every occasion. Different music styles can produce different effects on the body. Choose a music that will fit the occasion and is aligned with your personal taste. It will help you to reduce your stress levels and give a boost to your mood.
Finally, it’s worth remembering from time to time that human beings are social creatures. When we’re feeling sad, stressed, or less than our best, it’s common to want to isolate. However, the best thing you can usually do during these difficult times is to connect with others.
- You don’t need to be face-to-face to feel the benefits. Whenever possible you can give a friend or family member a call or video chat with them.
- If you do happen to have access to someone nearby that you love, arrange to have a cup of tea with them or just give them a hug the next time you’re nearby.
- Remembering that you’re not in this alone is great for your mood, and socializing can significantly strengthen your confidence too.
Instilling these enjoyable habits into your daily routines will have a positive impact on your life, while greatly reducing your stress levels. Try it! You’ll like it!
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Martin Neumann was trained for Lifestyle Interventions in 1998 at Wildwood Lifestyle Center & Hospital. Since then he has lectured in different parts of the world about a healthy lifestyle and natural remedies. He is the founder of the Abundant Health website.