In his book ‘The Stress Cure’ Patrick Halford demonstrates the stress epidemic in a health survey his company carried out with more than 55,000 participants. His health survey revealed that 72% of the participants felt stressed, while 66% experienced frequent anxiety and tension.
If you are reading this article you might be suffering from high levels of stress.
Albert Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results . With this quote in mind for positive change and in order to reduce stress you must be willing to do things differently.
Where most people get stuck is that they keep doing the same things that do not work over and over again. Thus, they cannot reach different results or experience any improvement. As you read this blog article you must be willing to do things differently in order to increase your well-being.
Which brings me to the first quick way to reduce stress:
A stressor is a source of stress. It is anything that creates stress in your life. According to a research commissioned by the mental health charity Mind work is the biggest factor of stress in people’s lives.
Any stressor gives you the impression that you cannot cope. Such an emotion makes you feel exhausted and incapable of functioning. Whatever your stressor may be the best way to respond to your identified stressor is to get to know yourself more. Therefore, the second key way to reduce stress is to get to know yourself more.
Get to know yourself more from your own experience. We all react differently to stress and some people can handle it better than others. In order to reduce your stress levels, you must know how you personally respond to stress.
A key question is:
Do you stop exercising, overindulge, eat junk food, feel overwhelmed or get anxious?
Once you have the answer you can change your response to stress by building up your resilience to it.
Here are four ways you can build up your resilience to stress.
1st way to build resilience to stress:
Do you have the tendency to overthink and being ‘switched on’ all the time? Being ‘switched on’ all the time is very tiring for the body and mind and affects your stress hormones. Should you be someone who is ‘switched on’ all the time take some time to put your thoughts on paper; writing and journaling have a very therapeutic effect.
2nd way to build resilience to stress:
Adjust your lifestyle and change your habitual behaviour that generates too much stress.
For example, you can review your schedule:
If you have the tendency to overdo it or overwork you probably burn out too much energy in one go and then fall flat out. The best solution is to manage your energy by including plenty of energy boosting foods as well as rest and relaxation in your schedule.
Get organised by preparing things in advance, your food shopping for example and by identifying what you need to do first.
3rd way to build resilience to stress:
Test your patience. Our modern world cries for instant gratification. The problem is that when you expect instant gratification you become impatient. Do you tend to rush, eat quickly, expect to be served NOW, hate queuing and having to wait?
Exercising patience allows us to be more mindful of the present moment. Therefore, it is important to rate how patient you are on a scale of 1-10 (1 being not at all - 10 being very patient). Bear in mind that impatience leads to added unnecessary stress.
4th way to build resilience to stress:
Learn to say ‘no’ to the things you believe would add up to your stress levels.
You invest time and money in your health so that you can improve your well-being.
It is time to respond positively to your body’s warning signals: fatigue, sleepless nights, anxiety, irritability, addiction to stimulants like sugar or coffee are stress related signs that your body is not functioning optimally.
It is very important to return to a state of body and mind balance. Taking the time and investing in holistic complementary therapies act as a reminder of the relaxing state your mind and body should be in on a daily basis. In addition, you can introduce breathing meditation so that you can calm the mind. Paying attention to your breathing during the day is also paramount. You might have the tendency to hold the breath when you are too stressed out.
I have shared with you three quick ways to reduce stress. However, this is just information if you do not apply it to your daily life. Start making changes today by improving the quality of your life. I suggest that you follow the 3 quick ways to reduce stress in sequential order so that you can return to body and mind balance and regain your zest for life:
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