Ways to reduce stress.

There is much you can do do reduce stress. Much depends on whether you want to be able to cope better, in which case the following tips may help.

Get out and about

Just getting out in the fresh air has proven benefits. Fresh air and natural light are natural tonics and boost serotonin levels. Walking in nature also helps us see past our selves so we can see the bigger picture.  Brisk walks also help, and it’s difficult to remain anxious when we’re much more physically active. Vigorous exercise is also a proven way to de-stress, and if you can link up with a partner it becomes much more enjoyable.

Get some ‘me’ time.

Modern work practices such as being connected 24/7 often take over our lives. If the boundary between work/home is blurred, it’s essential to reclaim ‘me’ time.  Ensure you have time for your family and friends; it’s tempting to assume that the demands on your time don’t allow for that. But it’s essential you make time for you.  Even  if it has to be just walking the dog or taking a stroll outside. Better would be switching off, literally:  your smartphone is not a life-support device.

Stress is not all in the mind… but

A great deal of stress is held in the mind. So if rumination — racing thoughts and a mind that can’t stop — is a problem, it’s essential to find distractions. Hobbies and recreation are often the first casualties of a stressful life; reclaiming them needs to be a priority.  Escaping into a good book, movie or music are all great distractions, especially if physical recreation is a problem. Mindfulness and meditation can often help calm the mind, and there are numerous excellent mindfulness apps. Taking time to practise gratitude is also enormously powerful way to help help the mind de-stress.

Take stock

The modern workplace often demands high-quality analytical skills. But when was the last time you applied them to yourself? Are you looking after you as well as you should?  Is good health something you’ll try to get around to consider thinking about at some point soon? Are you eating properly, or did missing breakfast and snatched junk-food snacks become the norm? Are you sleeping soundly? Are you irritable? Have the people in your life taken a back seat, and are they getting on with their lives without you? Taking the time to take stock of how things are (or not) in your life can often help to redress a life out of balance.

Have sex

Sex is not only pleasurable, it’s also good for us. It lifts our mood, helps us bond better with our partner and strengthens emotional ties.  A healthy sex life is one of the best ways to de-stress. But it’s also a bench-mark: a life beset with stress is also likely to inhibit desire: it’s difficult to ‘get in the mood’ if you’ve brought problems at work home with you, or if stress has drained you. When sex becomes more and more infrequent it can become a vicious circle in which anxiety can lead to emotional and physical dysfunction.  Ensuring you take the time to re-connect can often re-balance things.

What if none of these are feasible?

How we face up to challenges determines how successful we are. If none of these tips are helping it’s highly likely you will find it hard to de-stress on your own. But help is at hand. I can help you de-stress so you can regain balance in your life. Do get in touch for a free no-obligation consultation in which I can show how quickly you can de-stress.