“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”- William James
What is stress?
There is no exact definition of stress. Stress can be caused by both good and bad experiences. Being under pressure is a normal part of life. Life is very stressful for most people, but sometimes you’ll have to deal positively with that. You may feel there’s nothing you can do about stress, but you have more control over stress than you might think.
In this article I’d like to share tips and effective habits for dealing with stressful situation. I hope you will find a few that you can start using in your life tomorrow and reduce the stress.
You can treat stress in 2 ways:
• Lifestyle Changes
• Mental Activities
Treating stress with lifestyle changes:
Eat properly. Your body needs healthy food. Start decreasing caffeine and alcohol and drink more water. Consume more complex carbohydrates, foods high in vitamin A, foods high in magnesium.
Get enough sleep. Your body needs enough sleep. Adults need at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night and young children and older adults need more, about 9-10 hours of sleep per night.
Exercise often and practice yoga and meditation. Yoga and meditation are great for relaxing the body and mind.
Relax often. Relaxing your body, will reduce stress. It can take time for that, but it’s very helpful.
Do things you love. Choose a new hobby. Learning something new will take your mind off of whatever is bothering you.
Treating stress with mental activities
Organize your life. Make a plan. Set goals for what you need to do during the day.
Avoid negative thinking. Visualize positive things. Think about success more often. Say something positive to yourself as soon as you wake up every morning. Avoid focusing on bad things that happened during your day, but consider the good as well.
Stop worrying about the things you cannot change. There is a lot of things that concerns us, but we cannot change anything. You must to admit to yourself that there’s nothing you can do about a particular issue.