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15 Ways To Kick Stress To The Curb

27 June 2020 | 0 comments | Posted by Sam Nickhoo in Mind, Body & Soul

Ways to better deal with stress

The modern life comes with many conveniences, but they do come at a cost, an unforeseen expense, and in many, it manifests in the form of stress. We accumulate stress for a variety of reasons and in a range of ways. Our lifestyle requires us to balance several commitments form Careers, school, family, finances, health––we could keep going, but you get the point.

Some of us figure out how to zap that stress away and keep going, and others let it build up and weigh in on them in a variety of ways. If you feel like the world is getting to be too much or your current destressing routine doesn't quite have the effects it once did, then check out our range of destressing ideas that could help you reduce your cortisol levels and get your body back in a healthy and restful state.

Sound good to you? Then follow me, here's how to reduce more stress in your life.

Meditation

The power of meditation is highly underrated. Meditation can decrease stress, anxiety, depression, and much more. Most of us obsess over not understanding if we're doing it right, and that is the biggest mistake. The most important thing to remember is your mind is in control. Focus on your breathing while you attempt to clear your mind.

This may sound weird, but your eyes might start to feel erratic, even being closed. If this occurs, focus on your third eye (forehead) and focus on those deep breaths in and out. Aim to start with three minutes and work your way up as you gain more experience.

Exercise

Exercise works to get rid of so much stress because you're exerting energy and sweating out toxins. Many people think that they have to hit the gym and work out for hours, but you have to understand that we're all moving at our own pace.

So, take your time and work your way through your journey. Move up in intensity when you feel comfortable. You'll notice as time goes on that your stress levels have dropped significantly.

Some people get great workouts at home with workout bands and balls, and others even use jump ropes. Jumping rope is still one of the best cardio exercises––it just gets so much harder with age!

Vape pens

This option might be more "experimental" for some people because they aren't as familiar with CBD. Still, CBD vape pens are one most effective ways to kick anxiety to the curb quickly. CBD vape is composed of hemp-derived CBD, so there are no psychoactive effects that create the possibility of a THC induced anxiety attack, etc.

However, you should make sure there are no traces of vitamin E acetate in the pen because this chemical has proven to be harmful. The CBD has linked it to numerous hospitalisations and even some deaths.

Safe, lab-tested CBD vapes are one of the quickest ways to eradicate stress. Not to mention, they're portable and discreet.

Enjoy this new and improved way of relieving stress!

Reading

How relaxing is it to turn off the electronics and curl up with a good book. Activating your brain in a way that gets your mind and imagination in a state of delight can be all you need to escape from the stresses of life. Factor in a fireplace along with a hot beverage, and it's a party!

Reading has all kinds of benefits that we don't think about because we take this act for granted. So, aside from stress relief, you're getting enhanced memory and concentration.

Massage

Stress is not only a mental issue, but it also starts to affect the body too and can manifest in various ways, especially in the muscle tissue. This can cause tightness of joins, contracting of muscles and knots in certain areas. A massage may be treating the symptoms, but it can be a great way to start working on a cure, as you remove the stress and tension in your body and clear your mind int he process, you can then open up to how to better deal with what's causing you stress and anxiety.

Pray

For some, they tend to find solace in religion; this could be in the form of reading your scriptures, talking to a religious leader or praying. Prayer can often be a way to express angst and gratitude and find answers in sacred text and teachings.

Get a quality nights sleep

Many people may be taking this for granted, but a quality nights rest can put your body and mind in better shape to handle stress. Your bedroom is a place you go to shut down the engines and power-down for a bit each night. If your "charging station" is not working correctly you won't get the rest you deserve, so make sure you're in a place you can fall asleep easily on a comfortable bed and mattress that supports your body, so you don't wake up with aches and pains adding to your stress.

Talk to someone

Shout, shout let it all out, sometimes its best to find someone you trust and speak about what is bothering you. If you have someone who you feel secure with and trust their option or you feel a professional would be better suited to listening to your situation, then go speak to someone. The important thing is getting it off your chest and then perhaps accepting a 3rd party point of view to help you gain different insights into your situation.

Unplug

In the modern world, we're always connected to the internet and only a text or email away from some drama. The constant barrage of information can be overwhelming especially in times of stress. In times like these, it's best to simply take a break from technology, shut down the WiFi and permit yourself to be alone with your thoughts or with those you care about and would enjoy their company in person.

Prioritise

Stress often comes from having to juggle several things and feeling anxious about dropping the ball. In a case like this, you'll have to sit down and prioritise what is important to you and what commitments you feel can be dropped or put aside for the moment. This may be a tough decision, but it could be for the betterment of your health.

Eat healthier

Our bodies and minds work in unison, and you get out what you put in, making sure your body is properly fueled with the right nutrition can make all the difference in helping it fight off stress and maintain the chemical balance in your brain to keep you producing the right hormones to deal with anxiety.

Get a pet

Sometimes we need to bring change into our life to drive change in ourselves and for many its getting a pet. It's something you can focus your attention on, share the moment with and even talk to at times. A pet provides unconditional love to many an owner who appreciates the companionship and sees at as a way to relieve stress.

Pick up a hobby

Humans are built to be constructive; they tend to find great pleasure in creating something with their minds or their hands. This need is why hobbies are so important to us; we love to produce stuff. Use the good old google to find a hobby you find fascinating from building model cars to flying drones or collecting coins, there are so many hobbies and supportive communities offline, and online that share the same passions as you do.

Enjoy some mindless entertainment

Not every pursuit of stress relief needs to be a noble one; sometimes, it can be a guilty one. This could come in the form of a movie marathon, a tv series binge of dusting off the gaming controller and spending hours smashing zombies or saving the world.

All these media sources can be a great way to escape from reality and put you in a state of relaxation as you wander into a world far from your current reality.

Create an outlet

Sometimes we need to let it out! This could be done through a good old screaming and shouting; for others, it could be journaling or blogging. Manifesting your thoughts and stress outside the body allows you to create a vessel for it to leave the body.

In the case of blogging, your outlet could help others who read your story or even turn into a hobby over time, as many bloggers have found their creative voices through blogging their thoughts without a plan.

If you're not good with words then perhaps you're great with visuals or creating something such as painting, knitting, pottery, gardening are all great creative ways to put your energies into something you enjoy instead of focusing on stress-related topics.

The Takeaway

Stress relief is what you make of it; there is no one size fits all or one reliever that is an instant trick. Each of us responds to stress differently, and we would naturally find different remedies for it. There's no competition regarding what works for you.

Try some of these suggestions, and if it works for you, that's all that matters, but if some of those things aren't hitting the mark anymore, you can come back to this list for some ideas.

Life's too short to be all stressed out. So, let it go and keep pushing forward with whatever works for you!

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