Stress is a fact of life but there are a number of ways you can alter your lifestyle to cope better with stress. So here at VideoJug we have given you the best tips on how to change your life and reduce stress.
Step 1: Exercise
Pressure and anger releases adrenaline into the
body. Physical exercise can reduce this and instead releases "good mood" or "happy" hormones into your brain. You don't have to be a gym fanatic to stay fit and healthy, even just 10 minutes walking 2 to 3 times a day is enough to build stamina. Getting enough exercise will also help you to sleep better.
Step 2: Sleep and Rest
Sleep and rest are essential to survival as your brain won't function properly if it's sleep deprived. If you start
skipping sleep or waking frequently, this has a
cumulative effect, and the worry of losing sleep can often cause its own stress. Try getting into a routine of going to bed and waking at the same time for one week and you'll notice the difference. Try meditating in bed for 5 minutes before you fall asleep to help clear your mind.
Step 3: Diet
Try not to skip meals. Missing out on food will leave you feeling tired and irritable. Eat smaller meals more frequently to ensure your energy levels remain high. Make sure you have enough vitamin B complex, C and E in your body. These help with mental activity, cell repair and fighting infection. And try to keep your body hydrated with 2.5 litres of water per day. Although this doesn't have to be in one dose!
Step 4: Alcohol
Don't drown your sorrows at the bottom of a bottle. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to health and behavioural problems. It can cause lack of sleep meaning you won't have adequate rest and your body will not be able to function efficiently. Moderate alcohol consumption however can help to reduce your stress levels whilst also decreasing your chances of developing coronary heart disease.
Step 5: Caffeine
Steer clear of using caffeine to stay awake. Excessive caffeine consumption, that's around 6 cups of coffee a day, can be harmful as it increases the heart rate, and this combined with the natural increase in heart rate due to stress has the potential to be very dangerous.
Step 6: Smoking
Far from acting as a relaxant and aid for mood control, nicotine dependency acts as an aid for stress. If you're a smoker try using healthy coping strategies instead. Stress can enhance the negative effects of smoking on your body more.
Step 7: Social Life
Giving yourself a break from the activity which is stressing you is as good a relaxation tool as any. Make sure you make time to meet up with your friends. Catching up on all the gossip and reminiscing about fun times gone by will take your mind off your anxiety and will calm you down to approach tasks in a cool manner.
Remember maintaining a healthy lifestyle gives you a head-start on beating stress.