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6 Tips to Help You Combat Stress in Your Busy Life

September 4, 2019
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Stress is a killer. It sucks all of your energy, prevents you from sleeping well or relaxing, and it can infiltrate every aspect of your life. No matter how busy you are, you can still cut the stress. Find out how to bring a bit of much-needed calm into the chaos of the day-to-day.

 

Figure Out Your Fitness Level

 

Keeping active through exercise is the best way to combat stress. When you get your heart pumping and you start to sweat, your body releases feel-good endorphins that elevate your mood and lift your spirits. Regular activity will allow you to stay on that high.You won't have the time or the inclination to sweat the small stuff.

 

To begin with, you need to assess your current fitness level. So many people spend their lives working at a desk, typing away on a computer as they sit in a chair, day in and day out. Just the act of being sedentary can cause stress, even if you aren't acutely aware of it. Any amount of daily activity can have a positive impact.

 

For you, going to the gym might not be a desirable choice. That's all right. For this tip, being active doesn't automatically equate to working out, although that might be the best option for you. Making time to walk around your neighborhood each evening is just as beneficial,  as is a weekly game of tennis or a session of Wii Sports. It's okay if you're nervous or hesitant to start. Treat yourself to a shopping spree to get gear and clothing for an active lifestyle. The act of preparing can give you the push you need.

 

Release Some Steam

 

You should do something that not only jump-starts your heart rate, but also provides an outlet for your frustration, and stress. For some people, a strenuous cardio workout does the trick. Others need to turn the activity into a game, or they need to engage in something that has a purpose.

To that end, an exercise class might be a fantastic option for you. Zumba, for example, is thrilling. It's fast-paced, filled with good music, and it can teach you to dance while burning calories. Then again, you could also take Krav Maga classes. In addition to enjoying a heart-pumping workout that allows you to get rid of your negativity, Krav Maga also teaches you self-defense moves and improves your coordination, dexterity, and stamina.

 

Discover a Soothing Hobby

 

Not everyone can soothe their stress with an active hobby. You might need to do something that's quiet and relaxing. Repetitive activities, such as crocheting or knitting, can calm your anxiety by giving you something else on which to focus. You may find it helpful to release your creativity via painting or pottery. Reading, fishing, adult coloring, or restoring an old car are all hobbies that can relieve your stress. It all depends on how you prefer to lose yourself.

 

Learn How to Release Your Anxiety

 

Hitting your zen isn't always as easy as getting lost in a hobby. Different people respond to different stimuli and coping techniques. Discovering what controls your anxiety can consist of a lot of trial-and-error, but you should never be discouraged.

Research an assortment of methods to try. Try counting your breaths, particularly if you're in the middle of a panic attack. All-over relaxation can work, as well. Focus on relaxing every limb and muscle one at a time. You can even set aside time each day for meditation, no matter how that looks for you.

 

Book a Spa Day

 

Self-care is essential to relieve stress. It means something different to everyone, but you can always benefit from a day at the spa. Whether you sit in the steam room, have a facial, or get a massage, you're engaging in a relaxing treat.Perhaps more importantly, all of these treatments can help to flush out toxins.Between that and the relaxation, a trip to the spa can eliminate all of the negative feelings and thoughts that plague you.

 

Optimize Your Organization

 

An organized life is a happy life. Create a morning routine for yourself. Put aside time for the day-to-day tasks you hate, whether it's cleaning the house or answering work emails. Schedule time for relaxation, fun workouts and self-care just to make sure you get it. Get rid of the clutter in your home and office. Organization is anxiety's worst enemy.

 

How do you stay calm and relaxed in your daily life? Share your methods!

Tess DiNapoli is an artists, freelancer writer, and content strategist. She has a passion for yoga and often writes about health and wellness, but also enjoys covering the fashion industry and the world of fitness.

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