Stress is all around us, all the time. It is very easy to feel stressed and once you do, it’s even harder to feel “back-to-normal” again. Work, friends, family, and the copious amount of things to do play into it, but sometimes, we can even feel stressed out over nothing at all. It’s just a part of life, but there are things that you can do to reduce your stress and feel better in your day-to-day life. Here are a few ways to reduce stress in your life, which will in turn, make you feel happier –
The rage lately has been all about getting morning sun on your skin and eyes. Have you heard about it? If not, do a little research and you’ll be sold! Did you know that being in nature potentially reduces anger, stress, fear, and instead, it increases pleasant feelings? Being exposed to nature not only makes you feel better mentally and emotionally, but it can also make you feel better physically, too. This is why so many people focus on grounding and other nature-centric activities. Being in nature helps reduce blood pressure, reduces your heart rate, and reduces your stress significantly. Nature can be a simple walk or click away. Plus, there are so many fun activities that you could learn: gardening, fishing, hiking, and more. These are all fun things to do, skills to learn, and can go along way with helping reduce your stress levels.
Something we do so naturally without thought can also be hard to do. Nowadays, it’s really hard to take time to just sit still and breathe – there is just so much to do and never enough time. Taking time out of your day to focus on being still and breathing can significantly benefit you in the long run. Meditation is a great example of doing breath work that can directly benefit your mental health. If you have mental stress, it can speed up the heart and raise your blood pressure. Meditation can reverse the physiological signs of stress! It slows the heart rate, lowers the blood pressure, and even changes your skin temperature. While meditation is hard to do (especially when you’re first getting started), it is so beneficial and rewarding when it comes to lowering your stress load. Two of my favorite mindfulness and breathing mobile apps are Headspace and Stop, Breathe and Think.
Exercise is key not for only your physical health, but your mental health as well. We all know this but how often do we practice it? A healthy body and mind keep our stress levels at bay. Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers (and they also help improve your mood). You could even take a bike ride around the neighborhood with your whole family! Simple fun that gets all of our blood pumping!
Decluttering and removing junk from your home, car, and life doesn’t seem like it would do much, but trust me: it’s a game changer! Decluttering reduces stress because it reduces the amount of time that you spend on doing things you don’t like to do (such as cleaning and organizing). Plus, it frees up space, makes your home look more inviting, and it honestly does reduce stress. You just feel better with a clutter-free home. Decluttering can be a huge task, however, and it’s not always as convenient as you might think. How do you even get rid of everything? There are a few options that I’ve looked into. Selling items, donating items, and trashing items. The most convenient way to get rid of items that you are throwing away is by renting a dumpster. Junk Queen TX is one of the most popular TX-based companies to do this through, especially if you need a dumpster rental Cedar Hill TX. They are affordable, customer-focused, and they have great reviews.
Don’t overschedule yourself
Last but not least, don’t overschedule yourself! This is a sure way to increase your stress levels (if you overschedule). Overscheduling yourself is very easy to do, so you have to be intentional about it. Once you work at reducing the amount of things that you have to do, you will definitely get better at it, and your stress levels will decrease significantly. Trust me on this one!
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