Often it is easy to feel overwhelmed by stress. What can be done when we finally want to take back control and try to eliminate some of our stress? It comes as a surprise to many people that there are several things that can be done to battle stress that are right under their fingertips.
Breathe. It’s good to remember to breathe, but sometimes you need to do more than that. In many situations, stress can be altered by something as small as the amount of oxygen in our bodies. A fantastic exercise that can help is called the “4-7-8 Breath.” It was developed independently by several different cultures all at different times as a relief for stress and has been researched by various stress management experts. Basically, the 4:7:8 is a ratio of the parts of the breathing exercise. Breathe in for a count of 4, hold your breath for a count of 7, then exhale for a count of 8. The amount of time on each beat is not important, only the ratio that you use. There are other breathing exercises like these that can help your body feel less stressful.
Exercise. A lot of stress is just pent up energy with no way to release it. Have you ever felt so stressed out that you felt like you were jumping out of your skin? Such a condition usually results from having a whole lot of excess energy pent up inside of you that you just can’t seem to release. Even something as simple as making sure that you walk a certain amount per day can greatly help your stress levels. If you want to be really precise about it, you can buy yourself a pedometer, or you can just set goals to try walking a bit more each day.
A good sleep schedule. It really helps if your body is rested enough to cope with everything. Make sure that you are able to get approximately 8 good, solid hours of sleep per night and that you try to sleep around the same times each day. It is also good to make sure that the quality of your sleep is better by doing things that can encourage better sleep. For example, making sure you don’t drink any fluids for a while before you go to sleep is a good start. It is also good to wind down before bed. Try to stay off the computer/tv/video games for at least a half hour before you go to sleep. Reading a book, doing a crossword puzzle, or doing some crafts instead of just wandering from the computer chair to the pillow can also help you wind down and reduce accumulated stress from earlier in the day before falling asleep. It gives the brain time to relax and eases the transition into a state of sleep.
Eliminate stressful events. It may sound like one of those obvious statements, but it’s really good to evaluate every so often what makes you stressed. Sometimes it’s easier to delegate some duties to someone else who is supportive of you. Even not having to worry about silly things like shopping or cooking dinner for a couple of nights per week can help to eliminate stress. You can take a bubble bath or just relax for one night per week instead of preparing dinner or babysitting.
Take it one step at a time. Don’t expect to feel amazing overnight. These things take a while, especially if the stress is one of those chronic issues that has been building up for a long time. Start with doing one or two things per day like taking a walk or doing a breathing exercise two or three times in a day. Don’t add too many things all at once, even if you are trying to help yourself. Trying too hard to relieve the stress can be overwhelming sometimes, too.
This article on how to get rid of stress was supplied by C. Nickel from Constant Content.