18 Strategies for Managing Stress That Really Work

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Stress is a natural reaction to an external threat. Although managing stress can sometimes seem impossible, there are ways to calm this emotion.

Our body understands the importance and the right reaction to an external threat, sometimes. But in today’s society, many situations that cause stress that has no need for such a reaction. Nevertheless, such situations cause physical changes in the body, and, as a result, we become stressed, which robs us of energy and efficiency. This is why we have to learn some effective strategies for managing stress.

Getting rid of stress

Physicians recommend managing stress in order to avoid physical diseases: from high blood pressure to obesity. Considering there is so much sickness in the world, it stands to reason that stress could be the culprit of some of these illnesses. Use these 18 tips for managing stress, preserving health and peace of mind.

1. A cup of tea

A nice hot cup of tea is the easiest way to get rid of stress. Today there are countless varieties of tea, so everyone can find a variety of tea they can try. Still, remember that the best teas to relieve stress and tension are black tea, green tea, and white tea.

2. Engage in hobbies

Hobbies and similar things relax and help you get rid of stress in minutes. When you are doing something you love, all the fuss and tension instantly disappear, at least for a couple of minutes.

Opportunities for hobbies are limitless. Think a little bit and you will find a perfect hobby for yourself. Find like-minded people that have the same hobby, in order to share your ideas and ask for advice.

3. Use concentration

We all know that a stressed person cannot concentrate on anything else. Then, let’s get rid of stress and tension with the help of concentration and focus. Sit on a chair, put your hands on your knees and relax. Now count to ten, and focus your attention on the counting. Do it only for a couple of minutes. After that, get up from the chair and stretch. It truly is a powerful way to manage stress.

4. Sports

Many physicians and psychologists recommend partaking in sports to combat stress. It can even help you when going through a divorce, which to some (if not the most) people encounter the most powerful stress. Sports help to throw out all the negative emotions while utilizing energy. In addition, you will get a slim and toned physique.

5. Help someone

Turning your attention to someone less fortunate helps get rid of stress. It really works. Use this advice, and you will see.

6. Breathing control

One of the best methods for managing stress is changing your breathing rhythm. The basis of this exercise is very simple: the exhalation should be twice as long as the inhalation. Breathing should be slow and steady.

 7. Get a dog or a cat

Domestic pets keep you calm and cheer you up. Pets have been known to help soldiers and other victims of trauma get through episodes of PTSD, which is one of the most severe forms of immediate stress.

8. Do not try to relieve stress with food

The majority of women (as well as men) in distress start eating huge quantities of food. Now think of what will happen to your body after a while. You can relieve stress with delicious food, but not like that. The important thing isn’t the amount of food consumed, but it’s the quality. Go to a restaurant, dine by candlelight with a glass of champagne or wine and a good mood is guaranteed.

9. The most pleasant way to get rid of stress

Oh yes, probably the best and indisputably the most pleasant way to get rid of the stress and frustration is sex. Sex is always a storm of positive emotions. Therefore, I strongly recommend this way of managing stress to all men and women. 😉

10. Rest

Working without rest is the surest way to become stressed out. Rest is necessary, albeit a small nap. Moreover, it is necessary to relax when you have not got tired yet. Take a little break from work every hour. About 5-10 minutes will be enough to get rid of tension and increase your efficiency. It is important to learn to listen to your body, and it will tell you when it is time to rest.

11. Problems, written on paper

Managing stress is serious business. Start a diary and write down everything you are worried about and tell your diary what you think about all this. But the most important thing is to write about your desired result. Now it’s time to think about how to achieve this result.

12. Sort out your problems

Problems can be divided into two types: resolvable and unresolvable. Learn to distinguish between these two types of problems, since the frustration of not being able to change something will only increase stress.

 13. Put your life in order

Unpaid bills, lost documents, lost car keys – all this only increases stress. Learn how to manage your life, organize it, and get rid of these extra sources of stress. Spend a few days on a spring cleaning, remove and discard all unnecessary things. Change something you always wanted to change. Determine for yourself all these easily achievable goals in this area. For example, if you often lose car keys, promise yourself to always hang them near the door and obey this rule. The results of starting with the small things will surprise you.

14. Do relaxation exercises

Relaxation exercises can help relax your body and mind. One of these powerful relaxation exercises is called “palming”. Rub your palms to make them warm, close your eyes and cover them with just warmed hands. You will be surprised with the result. The advantage of this exercise is that it can be performed in any place and at any time. Other exercises include relaxation of individual muscle groups, such as deep breathing and visualization.

15. Take a walk

Walking activates deep breaths and makes you forget about the problems associated with stress. Your consciousness becomes clear, and stressful moments no longer seem horrible.

16. Evaluate your problems objectively

Give an objective assessment of your problems. Ask yourself: “Will it be important to me in a year?” or “Will this situation reflect on my future?”. Write down in your diary, everything you care about during a week. Then put the diary aside for at least one month. A month later, open it and see if the written information is still playing an important role for you. The most probable result will be that most of the problems you spoke of prior, no longer worry or hurt you anymore.

17. Play

Play a game. Go to a park or a shooting gallery. Find a hobby. Games will help you relax and forget about your problems. But be careful with the computer and video games, since some of them can affect mood and cause negative emotions.

18. Hug your loved ones

Hugs make people happier and healthier. A simple hug can help you feel better and overcome any problems by cheering you up and provoking positive emotions.

Okay, now it’s time for less stress and more peace!

I hope these tips help you in managing stress. I know I use a few of these tips myself from time to time. Just the ability to stop, calm yourself down and think about these tips is enough to lower your panic level. Life is short and life is beautiful, please don’t let stress take control of your life.

Be blessed!

References:

  1. http://www.webmd.com
  2. http://www.apa.org/helpcenter
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Anna is the founder and lead editor of the website Learning-mind.com. She is passionate about learning new things and reflecting on thought-provoking ideas. She writes about science, psychology and other related topics. She is particularly interested in topics regarding introversion, consciousness and subconscious, perception, human mind's potential, as well as the nature of reality and the universe.




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