If you are one of the 80% of Americans who suffers from everyday stress, then you’re probably wondering what you can do about it?
There is no one cure for stress but there are a number of approaches to minimalizing the affect it has on your life, from exercising to challenging yourself to taking some time out for rest and relaxation.
Whether it is the stress of work or problems at home, it’s important to try and get a handle on stress as it can lead to complications in later life such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Here are five ways you can start to address stress
Exercise won’t make stress disappear, but it can help reduce some of the anxiety that you might be feeling that is causing you to be stressed. Physical activity is thought to cause chemical changes in the brain which can help to positively change our mood. Even if you consider yourself to be a couch potato, it really doesn’t take much to get exercising and improve your mood. Have a look at Mobilityguardian.Com for ideas and inspiration.
Take control of the situation
A lot of stress and anxiety comes from the unknown, worrying about a problem or having questions about what the future holds. By taking control of a situation and making positive decisions about what you can do to solve a problem, then not only are you empowering yourself but you are going to prevent anxiety from taking hold of your life.
Take time out for rest and relaxation
The US is the most overworked developed nation in the world for a number of reasons but perhaps the most damning statistic is that 85.8 percent of males and 66.5 percent of females work over 40 hours a week. That totals out at American workers working on average for 137 more hours per year than the Japanese, 260 more hours than the British and 499 more hours than the French. Make the most of your annual vacation limit and take time out to have a break from work to relax the body and mind and beat stress.
Avoid smoking and drinking
If you can’t find time out for rest and relaxation, then you can at least cut out smoking and drinking. Nicotine may provide a temporary respite from your problems but they’ll still be there when you’ve finished that cigarette and as for alcohol, it’s a depressant which means chances are reaching for the bottle will only make your stress worse in the long run. Avoid both those vices and you’ll have a much better chance of beating stress.
Having more confidence in yourself will mean that the problems that might cause stress seem less daunting. There are many ways to build confidence but the most simple can come from taking on something challenging. Whether it be learning a new language or taking up a new sport, the confidence you can get from succeeding at something you didn’t think possible will stand you in great stead to conquer stress.