7 Ways to Ease Your Stress

L.A. Strucke

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Feeling stressed? Life can be tough. A lot of us are struggling right now. Finances, work or the lack of it, and threatening health conditions can contribute to raising everyone’s stress level. But there are ways to make it easier. 

It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it. — Hans Selye

If you feeling stressed about your life, here are 7 ways that can help you stop stressing and enjoy life.

Meditate

There’s a reason, experts constantly suggest meditation. Meditation has been proven to lower blood pressure and helps with ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. 

It’s so easy to do. Just find a quiet place in your home to do it, or outside in nature. You still your mind, relax your body and focus on your breathing. By focusing on your breathing, you can recognize how quickly your thoughts will distract you and break your focus. 

Through practicing meditation, you learn how to bring your mind back to the basic task of focusing on breathing. 

There are numerous videos you can watch on a guided meditation on YouTube to help you get started.

Write in your journal

Writing in a journal can be therapeutic for you. Once you get your feelings out on paper, it will make you feel so much better — like you’ve lifted a heavy burden off your shoulders. It will help ease your stress by expressing the truth in your heart. 

Writing down all the things you are grateful for in your life can help you feel better about your world. It’s hard to feel bad when you realize all the blessings you already have. 

Take a walk in nature

There’s nothing more relaxing than taking a peaceful walk outside in nature. While you are enjoying the warm sun on your shoulders, and listening to birds and nature outside, it will help lift your spirits. Just listening to the breeze rustling the leaves in the trees can help you feel calmer and at peace. 

Going to a beautiful place is good for your soul. Even the sound of water trickling in a brook can relax you. 

Pet your dog or cat

Petting an animal like a dog or a cat can lower your blood pressure. Studies show this. A warm pet sleeping on your lap often feels like a heating pad and can ease your aches and pains. 

And cat lovers will tell you, there’s nothing more sleep-inducing than listening to the pleasant sound of a cat purring. 

Work out or dance

Exercising can help you relax. Pick an activity you like to do like working on gym equipment, cycling, skating, or dancing around the house. Try to do your chosen activity at least 3 times a week.

 Exercise will get your blood flowing and make you feel energized. It releases endorphins that will make you feel good. 

Then afterward, take a relaxing warm shower and you’ll feel wonderful. 

Make a list of things you have to do and tackle them one by one

Many people are stressed out because they start worrying about all the tasks they have to do and start obsessing about them. They’ll toss and turn all night, thinking of all the worst outcomes, and won’t be able to sleep. And lack of sleep will only make them feel worse. 

Here’s an easy solution that’s worked for me. A couple of hours before you go to sleep, make a list of all the tasks you have to do the next day. When you’re done with the list, don’t focus on it anymore. Others prefer to make in the list in the morning instead —  whatever works for them. 

Accomplishing even the smallest tasks each day will ease the stress you feel.

In the evening, right before you fall off to sleep, it’s time to dim the lights, read, or do some relaxing meditation; You need to stop the churning worries in your head and know everything will be all right. Tomorrow is another day. 

Spend time with friends and family

If you are feeling stressed, spending fun times with friends and family may be just what you need. You can watch a watching a funny movie or TV show will that will get you laughing and distract you from your worries. 

You can have fun baking cookies or preparing a gourmet meal together. Many family members have bonded for life creating delicious food.

You can have a wonderful time cooking in the kitchen with someone. The kitchen is a great place to talk out your problems while you both whip up something delicious to eat. You learn new skills in the kitchen, bond with the person you’re cooking with, and create a delicious dish to eat. Then you get to sit over a relaxing meal together and distress. 

You can gather with your immediate family or close friends together and focus on a board game. Hours will fly by as you all have fun, and you will forget your problems for a while. Card games are also a lot of fun for families. 

Don’t let stress take over your life

Everyone experiences stress, and what makes life better is how we react to it.

Even just going to the doctor, and getting your physical health checked out can ease the stress you feel. If you take action, it can only help bring you relief from your worries. 

Refuse to let stress take over your life. If you try seven of the ways to ease stress, it can make a difference.

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