Stress is a part of life that is unavoidable. Anything can stress you out and everyone, of course, is different in their reaction to this. For some people, the impact of stress can be mentally debilitating.
Always remember, however, that stress can be mitigated. Take a look at these four tips that can help you relieve stress and alleviate worry.
1. What’s The #1 Way to Chill Out and Relax? Exercise.
If you are feeling particularly stressed, at the very least you should get out and walk it off. Take a walk around the block and get your heart rate elevated. Do some sprints or pushups. Get active.
For maximum stress reduction, exercise frequently. It’s not just about doing something good for yourself and your body. One large study demonstrated that people who regularly exercise have lower levels of anxiety, depression and neuroticism. In general, people who move about regularly feel better about the world and themselves.
2. Write Things Down.
Make a list to keep track of what you need to do. We can only handle so much information at once. Sometimes, the burden of everything that needs to be done is just too much. What’s the default reaction? For some people it is to shut down.
Consider keeping everything you need to do organized with a list or, if you have something bothering you, write it down.
One study in the Journal of Psychology took a look at the experience of college students and their ability to cope with and manage stress through list making. The study determined that students who made lists perceived that they had more control over their time. The result? They were less stressed.
It’s all about convincing yourself that you are in control. Make a list, and you will feel better if you’re stressed out.
3. Eat the Right Food.
It’s hard to prove that specific foods lead to increased stress. What’s easy to prove is that while you are already stressed, you tend to eat more food. Eating more could cause even more stress problems, especially if you have a specific nutrition goal.
Consider a recent study that tied eating behavior to stress levels. When stressed, 73% of the people in the study ate more food than they would have in an unstressed state, regardless of gender.
4. Don’t Be Afraid To Treat Yourself.
This one is tied into food as well. An article published in Psychology & Behavior determined that stress and resultant overeating associated with stress is tied directly to the body’s reward system.
Here is how it works—you are stressed out so you eat, something your body sees as a reward, and your stress starts to go away.
Don’t be afraid to reward yourself. It doesn’t have to be about food either. You can reward yourself with anything, you just want to be sure to let your body and mind understand that, as you complete a particularly stressful day or task, that you are going to provide a reward.
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