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6 Secrets To Lower Your Stress In Any Situation

"How do I lower my stress level?"

"I have way too much stress. How do I chill myself out?"

"My stress is in the stratosphere. Help!"

"I feel totally unable to control my stress. Help!"

Some stress is good for you, especially when it gives you the motivation to complete a task. Why? Successfully dealing with stress provides a feeling of satisfaction and the belief that you can handle challenging situations.

A certain amount of stress is necessary for an organism to thrive.

HOWEVER, if your stress becomes chronic, it will cause serious health problems and issues. This is what you want to avoid.

So how can you become more resistant to stress?

While many situations may be out of your control, you do have some choices on how you approach stressful situations.

Follow these six strategies starting today:

Cope Actively.

Those who have the most success at controlling stress focus on taking charge of situations and seeking solutions. If you tend to avoid challenges and wait until they only get worse, you're compounding your stress instead of reducing it.

How do you cope with stress? What can you do better?

 

Change Your Perception.

What you think about a circumstance has the most effect on you and your future in dealing with the situation.

  • Will you be a victim, and feel worse, or will you take action to do what you can to make it better?

How do you perceive a stressful situation? How will you change your perception?

 

R E L A X.

Relax and defuse your body's stress response. It's difficult to exercise direct control over many aspects of your physical stress response. Just try to will your heart rate and blood pressure to a lower level! However, you do have a lot of control over your breathing, both the rate and the depth.

  • Sitting in a quiet place and taking slow, deep breaths can perform miracles. Take a slow, deep breath, hold it for two seconds, and then release it slowly.
  • Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is all the rage today, but it has been around for thousands of years. All it really entails is totally focusing on the task at hand. If you're folding laundry, you should only be thinking about folding laundry, not thinking about your spouse, work, bills, or anything else.
  • It's essentially impossible to be stressed in the present moment. In reality, when you're stressed, you're either stressing about the past or future. You're either getting upset about something that's over or worrying about something that hasn't happened yet.

What relaxes you? Do it!

 

Exercise.

Get some exercise. A fight or flight response dumps a lot of chemicals into your body that get everything revved up. Burn them off with a healthy dose of exercise.

  • There's no reason to overdo it, but moving your body around in a vigorous fashion will make you feel a lot better.

How will you burn off your stress?

 

Take Good Care Of Yourself.

Most of us tend to marginalize the importance of a healthy diet and adequate sleep. This is a mistake. Your body needs nutritious foods to have a clean energy source. It also needs the proper rest to de-stress and heal from the rigors of the day.

  • Find some stress-free activities than you can enjoy regularly. Maybe golf is your thing. Maybe volunteering makes you feel better. Find a new hobby that engages your mind, like chess or learning the guitar.

How's your health? What changes must be made?

 

Be Proactive.

It is much easier to get your stress level under control when it first starts to rise. When your stress is reaching maximum levels, it's almost too late at that point to regain control.

How long does it take you to act? Will you respond quicker now?

 

Stress can be very damaging to your health and well-being.

It can and will make your life miserable and even reduce your lifespan.

Follow the above six steps to marginalize your stress level as much as you can.

You'll notice the quality of your life will improve and you'll feel a whole lot happier. And… other people like to be around happy people. It's contagious!

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