5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Naturally
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Stress is an unhappy byproduct of modern life. In a fast paced world full of deadlines & anxiety, sometimes the daily grind seems overwhelming. In the moments where we find ourselves teetering on the precarious edge of a panic attack, it can be difficult to keep control of ourselves & prevent stress from getting the better of us.
In the moments where life feels like a little too much & your knees start to buckle under the weight & pressure, these simple stress relief tricks will pull you through with poise, grace & your dignity in tact.
Five Easy Tricks to Relieve Stress Naturally
Inhale, Exhale, Just Breathe
In the moments where you start to feel control slipping away from you & you can feel the presence of an imminent breakdown, close your eyes. With your eyes closed, let the world fall away for a moment & focus on your breath. Take a moment to feel yourself inhale, & then focus on your breath as it leaves your body.
To help yourself focus on your breaths try counting each breath. Count to ten & then start over again. Keep your eye closed & your focus on your breathing until you feel yourself regain control.
Write it Down
When stress starts to build, sometimes what you need is a release of the tension. If stress is permitted to fester, the release of stress can be manifested in negative & damaging ways such as lashing out at loved ones or physical symptoms such as illness.
Instead of allowing stress to linger, let it flow through you & out of you through the tip of your pen. Write down how you are feeling, what you are stressed about & an action plan of what needs to be done to relieve stress & tension. If a series of tasks are stressing you out, write down a list of how you are going to accomplish these tasks. A solid game plan puts you back in control of your life & how you feel & leaves you feeling like you've got a handle on the situation.
Face Stress Head On
Stress can manifest itself in a number of different ways, the most common of which is frustration. In the moments when we experience frustration, whether it be frustration with our co-workers, our boss, our partners or our friends, sometimes this is really just stress in a disguise.
Allowing stress to hide itself beneath frustration can be damaging. Not only is frustration an unpleasant emotion, but it typically results in lashing out & hurting those around you. Instead of allowing frustration to take hold of you, take a moment to unpack your frustrated feelings to discover what is at their root. What you will often find yourself faced with is a situation that has been stressing you out causing negative feelings.
With the stressor now revealed, you can begin to face stress head-on & work through the stress or tension.
Talk it Out
Friends & family members are usually a great source of support & can offer valuable perspective. In times when you are feeling overwhelmed, reach out to someone you trust & ask if they have time to talk.
When sharing your stress with friends or family, it is important to be respectful in your delivery & communication. Remember that they're on your side & in your corner. Avoid raising your voice even if you're particularly impassioned about what is stressing you out.
By talking things out & sharing, you will find that everything is more manageable.
Stay Grounded by Practicing Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the state of being present & aware in a single moment. Part of this awareness is the acknowledgement & acceptance of your feelings, your thoughts & the physical sensations that your body is experiencing.
By taking the time to find contentment & peace in the present moment, it is possible to let go of the past, let go of worry, let go of fear & to stop overthinking things. In the case of stress, panic & anxiety, Mindfulness helps to slow down your thoughts so you concentrate with a clear & decluttered head.
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