When it comes to the quality of our lives, there is one factor that significantly diminishes our ability to be present and enjoy our experiences: stress. Stress influences our happiness, our health, and our daily interactions with others.
In such a fast-paced society, many people now find themselves living a life of coping, as opposed to appropriately adapting to and growing with the normal ups and downs of living.
Many things induce stress in our daily lifes. External situations such as work environment, financial uncertainty, hectic schedules, relationships with others, and all the challenges that surface each day influence stress levels in an individual. Internal situations also affect stress, such as the degree of healthy food one eats, lack of exercise, sleep deprivation, as well as emotional-psychological issues.
Here are 5 ways to reduce stress naturally in your life. Try applying one suggestion at a time, and it they will gradually diminish the stress in your life.
*TIME MANAGEMENT: A weekly schedule can help you organize what you need to accomplish and enables you to be more of an active participant in the events and experiences in your life. Most of us are reactors to situations, human pinball machines bouncing from each event or responsibility thrown at us.
*ORGANIZE YOUR MENU: If you are too busy to organize your food, then you will be likely to be eating whatever is in the office or at your convenient hotel. Take time to decide on what you want to eat for a whole week and prepare the items needed ahead. This will help eliminate stress caused by hunger and subsequent overeating, as well as junk food that can cause fatigue and depression.
*REFLECT ON YOUR VALUES: If one of your core values is time spent with your family, or working on creative projects, or perhaps eating healthy, but you find yourself ignoring these needs each week by consistently over committing in other areas then you will create stress and unhappiness for yourself. Take time to reflect on what your core values are and find time in your weekly schedule to honor them. If you do not have the time, then drop something else that is not a priority!
*BREATHE: Meditation and deep breathing exercises are simple to incorporate in your daily life and naturally decreases symptoms of stress. Spending time in nature can be a meditation as well. Sitting outside listening to the rain or admiring the flowers growing in your window for 5 minutes can influence your state of mind dramatically.
* EXERCISE: When it comes to stress, exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress (while burning calories and fighting disease at the same time!). Take time do some exercises, burn those excess calories and get a relieve from your continuous body strain as a result of work and other related life commitment
Finally, when you are stressed out, it is also important to seek help. Support could be in the form of a weekly counseling session with a therapist, babysitting with a good friend or even meeting with your mentor to activate your life goals and keep them alive.