By Mira Khatib
Sometimes you may get caught up in your hectic and hurried world. And in the process of juggling responsibilities while rushing to tackle endless tasks, you get the feeling like you are struggling to keep your piece of mind. Sounds familiar?
At some point in our lives we all suffer from stress, which is also known as the silent killer. The complication is realizing that you are in fact stressed out and doing something about it before problems set in.
Stress can trigger insomnia, back and neck pain, fatigue and eventually even physical or mental illnesses such as headaches, stomachaches, bowl problems, depression and heart disease.
By identifying the warning signs of stress and by recognizing your habits and learning appropriate ways to deal with stressful situations, you can often over come the causes before they escalate and cause damage.
Here are 11 ways to de-stress your life:
Studies show that meditation can reduce anxiety and depression, increase creativity and concentration and help in better performance.
One way of meditating is to adopt a passive attitude, a feeling of letting go, and nothing is particularly important. Focus inwards and breath slowly and deeply saying to yourself “I am”. Then breathe out slowly and softly, saying to yourself “relaxed”, “I am…relaxed”. Or you can choose any word or phrase that relaxes you. Try meditating for 15 to 20 minutes, twice a day.
Like any skill it takes practice, but you should not work hard on it, meditation is the opposite of working hard. Simply let go of distracting thoughts and focus on your repeated thought or breathing. Meditation can really give you a wonderful sense of well-being.
Working out is a great way for releasing stress. It reduces adrenaline levels, boosts good mood by increasing endorphins and it does wonders for physical as well as mental health.
Think happy thoughts. Laughter can be a great stress reliever. Watch a comedy, read a funny book, anything that would get you laughing. If you feel cheerful it is easier to take what life throws at you.
This is another approach to diffuse stress. When you feel that the tough is getting tougher and you are about to get a panic attack, get in touch with your emotions and try sorting them out. Slow down and take one thing at a time, and learn to delegate. Just stop your self and see things in the right perspective.
Eating a nutritious meal or snack every two to four hours can actually help you cope better with stress. Low blood sugar can lead to irritability and the inability to concentrate. Avoid too many sugar snacks and eat more fruits and vegetable and plenty of whole grain.
Getting sufficient sleep makes you feel more energetic and refreshed. Do not work late or up till bedtime as your brain will be stimulated and making it more difficult to dozing off.
Get your fill of H2O
Drink lots of water and herb tea, or warm milk before going to bed. Cut down on too much coffee, tea and caffeinated drinks; which stimulate the central nervous system causing jumpiness, irritability, insomnia and anxiety.
Put out the bud
Although blowing smoke through your lips can seem relaxing, yet it does not help and in the long run can cause even more health problems.
Realize that you and only you can take charge of your life. Feel in control and give yourself credit when you deserve it.
Whether it is a trip to your beauty parlor or buying yourself a gift. Rewarding yourself gives you a great boost of feeling good and in return reducing stress.
Nothing feels better than escaping a hectic day by soaking in the tub. Try bathing in chamomile. Brew 5 cups; pour 4 into bath water and sprinkle some chamomile flowers in as well, then sip the extra cup while you soak. Chamomile has soothing properties that can ease away tension
Another bubbly relaxation is soaking in lavender. Before going to bed add a few drops of lavender oil and some dried or fresh lavender in warm water. Dim the lights, play some soft tunes and even add some scented lavender candles to help wash your worries away.
Before you know it your life will feel sane again. Being de-stressed gives the strength to face what ever the world throws at you, dealing with matters with tactful judgment and serenity.
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