Do you sometimes feel stressed ? If yes, read the following article to know the techniques to reduce stress.
Stress is part of modern life. Prolonged stress can result in incurable diseases as well as conflicts in relationships. This article describes “20 techniques to reduce stress”.
These techniques have been practically implemented. You can surely get relieved from stress by implementing these techniques in your life.
20 techniques to reduce stress are:
1. Self Hypnosis
“Self hypnosis is making up your mind for something”.
It is the process of making our mind believe something which is opposite of current situation.
For example, You are suffering from some disease. You can repeatedly tell your mind to believe that you are disease free. This process should be repeated many times a day and even for weeks until we achieve the needed health.
It really works.
2. Express your emotions
“Expression opens up the way to release your emotions”.
Always express your emotions especially negative ones like anger, hatred, jealousy. You can use following techniques to get rid of stress.
- Express your emotions by writing them on a blank paper. Write whatever you feel about a situation or a person. You write anything on that piece of paper. Then this piece of paper should be burnt to ashes or flushed. Keep a thought in your mind that all your negativity is also getting burnt or flushed with the paper. This technique will surely make you feel better.
- Pluck a leaf from any plant. While keeping it in your hand, speak and express your thoughts before it. Then throw this leaf away. This method also helps to release stress and negativity.
- Discuss your problem or reason stress with your close friend or family member.
- You can also take help of a counselor if you feel that stress levels are going to next level. You can discuss your problem with him/her. That will surely help.
3. Healthy Food
“Healthy food is the key to healthy body as well as mind”.
Always eat healthy food. Such a food makes make us feel better because it nourishes our body and gives us more energy.
Moreover a healthy body can only contain healthy mind.
We should preferably eat live food (fruit and vegetables). It is better to avoid Non-Vegetarian food and alcohol as they lower pranic energy which is essential for healthy body as well as mind.
4. Listen to music
“Music has the capacity to change your vibration”.
Music has great healing capabilities . By listening to music you can shift your stress vibrations into pleasantness. You may not want to listen music while in stress but you must try to play music as it will help you to come out of stress quickly and easily.
Classical or slow music have long lasting effects on mental health.. Sad songs must be avoided as they might generate more stress hormones.
5. Sound sleep
“Sound sleep is necessary of healthy mind”.
Sound sleep is always refreshing. Sometimes a short nap during the day can also energize you quickly.
Sleeping, gives time to your conscious mind to takes rest. Unconscious mind can find solutions to your problems.
So you sleep for at-least 8 hours a day to keep your mind free from stress.
6. Keep Smiling
“Smile increases beauty of face and laughter increases beauty of whole body”.
A scientific experiment revealed that even a fake smile can reduce stress and lower heart rate.When we smile, brain automatically gets the signal that we are happy so happiness hormones are generated in the body.
A study performed at University of Cardiff ,Wales found that when few people were given Botox injections due to which they could not frown those who could not frown were happier than those who could frown. That simply means the smiling can surely reduce stress levels.
Laughter also helps to remove stress. You must laugh out loudly for at least 5 to 10 minutes a day. It also helps better intake of oxygen.
7. Clear objective
“Set a clear goal”
You should have a clear goals to do something in your life. We easily get stressed when we don’t clearly know what to do?
We should clearly define the objective so that we would be aware of the results we want to get. Once the objective is clear we can find techniques and methods to fulfill our goal.
8. Physical Exercise
“Do you want to be fit?” If yes, please exercise daily.
We should regularly perform physical exercise. Exercise strengthens our body muscles and refreshes our mind. It also allows us to take our mind away from the matter that causes the stress.
Exercise may increase production of endorphins in brain that make you feel good hence removing stress. Physical exercise in any form (running, aerobics, games) can product same feeling.
It can increase your self confidence, improve your mood and make you relaxed, Exercise may improve your sleep quality which will ultimately help you to come our of stress.
“Set your priorities”.
We should clearly define our priorities in our life. We always know what is more important in our life?
If we don’t clearly know what’s important in our life, it would create unnecessary headaches and other stress related problems. Priorities should always be clearly defined in our mind as they guide us to take actions to improve our life and well being.
10. One thing at a time
“Multitasking degrades performance”.
Our mind can only deal with one thing at a time so we should do only one work at a time. If we have more than one goal in our mind at a time, It will surely create unnecessary stress.
Moreover it also degrades productivity hence may result in increased stress levels.
We can divide a problem into small steps and execute those steps one at a time. This will definitely make us more productive.
“Meditate regularly to remain calm”
Meditation relaxes our muscles and helps our mind to take rest. If we meditate regularly, we become much more relaxed in our everyday activities.
It makes the mind and body calm that can further help the mind and body to repair themselves. It also prevents new damages that may occur due to stress.
12. Time Management
“Time once gone never comes back”.
Time management has a great role in stress management. Stress may occur if we spend a very large amount of our time in one area of our life while ignoring other aspects.
For example, If we are always busy in doing job or business and don’t find leisure time for us. If we keep ignoring family, children and health for a longer time it will negatively impact our life and result in more stress.
So you must spare time for yourself.
13. Avoid reasons of stress
It is always better to avoid stressful situations, problems and people because they damage our health.
So if you are regularly stressed at work and continue it for a longer period of time, it is better to switch job otherwise you will either have a chronic disease because our organs cannot work long under constant pressure.
14. Accept the situation
“Acceptance is the best way to live life”.
Sometime, there are certain people or situations that we can’t ignore especially at family front. We should learn to live with them. The simplest method is to just accept everything as it is and don’t fight against it.
When we bring acceptance in our life, our stress levels automatically go down.
15. Do something you love
“Spare some time for your hobby”.
You must find time to do what you really enjoy. By doing what you love, your health will improve and stress will be reduced.
It may be some hobby like gardening, singing, painting, stitching or going to gym.You can also join some NGO to do social service, help the needy and poor.
“Going out for a walk is an excellent way to relax our body and reduce stress levels”.
Walking surely helps to reduce stress. It gives you time to go away from stressful situations. Walking improves blood flow to brain so that you can think about other aspects of your problems while keeping yourself away from the distractions of your home or office.
17. Reduce Tea/Coffee intake
“Tea/Coffee can increase stress level”
Tea and coffee contain caffeine, that can improve your mood, and mental and physical performance. But high doses of caffeine increase stress.
Caffeine increases alertness hence you can stay awake after taking a cup of tea/coffee but it may result in sleeping disorders in long run that may further increase stress.
18. Don’t procrastinate
Procrastination creates stress due to delay in actions.
Procrastinating is the habit of delaying the tasks in hand. Once it becomes habit, it can create unnecessary stress due to unfulfilled goals and wasted opportunities.
It may result into lower self esteem, damage to your reputation and may result into poor health.
So it is always better to do the work immediately.
19. Take a Bath
“Bathing reduces stress”.
There are basically two methods of taking bath first is showering and other is immersion of whole body in water.
It is scientific fact that immersion of whole body in water surely helps to reduce stress and anxiety. So we must take bath to keep away stress.
20. No Tobacco and Nicotine
Many people consider Tobacco and Nicotine as a stress reliever. but it actually creates more stress by increasing physical activity and reducing breathing and blood flow.
In this article, different tips have been provided to reduce stress which are expression of emotions ,healthy food, music, sound sleep, laughter, clear objective, exercising the body, setting priorities, meditation, no multitasking , going out for a walk and avoiding intake of tea/coffee, no Tobacoo or Nicotine.
20 techniques to reduce stress
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