10 Simple Ways to Deal with Stress

In today’s fast-paced society, with conflicting demands on our time, it’s no wonder that many of us become stressed. Over the long term, stress can lead to anxiety, depression, chronic tension, cardiovascular problems, and even cancer.

It’s important, therefore, to practice self-care, and look for practical ways to reduce stress. In this article, we will explore ten of the most effective and simple ways to help you relax and take a break from the demands on your time.

Walking

One of the easiest and most pleasant ways to reduce stress is to simply go for a walk. Gentle exercise helps to remove cortisol, a stress hormone, from the body. It also gives you a boost of endorphins, one of the group of ‘happy hormones’. Whilst walking, listen to music or an audiobook, and allow your thoughts to wander. If you’re struggling to make a decision, or resolve a problem, often a walk helps you to see things clearly.

Aromatherapy

Inhaling essential oils is known to help reduces stress and anxiety, by activating receptors in the brain that regulate emotions. Lavender, jasmine, and bergamot are amongst the most effective. Add oils to water and diffuse in the home, or place a couple of drops in your palm and inhale.

A warm bath

Create a relaxing environment at home by running a warm bath, adding candles or low lighting, and bringing a book to read. Submerging yourself in warm water is naturally comforting, and prompts muscles to relax. Add a couple of drops of essential oils to enhance the healing power.

Meditation

Just five minutes of meditation a day can help to reduce stress levels. Listen to sounds of nature or relaxing music, think of calming images, and take time to focus on your breathing. Five minutes can set you up for the whole day!

Marijuana

If permitted in your jurisdiction, cannabis can be an effective remedy for stress. It helps to relax your muscles and promotes a feeling of euphoria. If your preference is to smoke marijuana, you may wish to consider glass filters for blunts; they are reusable, help to retain the joint shape, and may create smoother smoke.

Drink chamomile tea

If stress is causing you to have trouble sleeping, try chamomile tea. For generations, it has been used as a natural healer, and is known to reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, lift migraines, and bring about restful sleep.

Count backwards

When stress clouds your thoughts, take a moment to count backwards, from 10, 20, or 100. Concentrating on a mundane task helps you to clear your mind, and focus on the most important issues at hand.

Yoga

Combining physical movement, controlled breathing, and meditation, yoga is one of the most effective ways to bring your stress under control. It also helps you with general fitness.

Dancing

Sometimes, you just need to dance your troubles away! Dancing has been shown to promote endorphin production and reduce cortisol in the system, so get your favourite dancing tunes on!

Talking with a friend

A problem shared is a problem halved. Talking over your problems with a trusted friend often helps you to deal with stress; simply expressing your feelings is the start of dealing with them, and good advice is always welcome.