3 Basic Tips for Lowering Stress
By Genevieve Cunningham
Unfortunately, stress is not something that we can escape in life. As much as we would like to live stress-free, it's just not possible. The problem is not the hassle of stress, but rather that it causes multiple health problems in our lives. And the older that we get, the more stress we endure, and the more health struggles we are plagued with. If you would like to lower your stress levels on a daily basis to improve your health, take a look at these tips to incorporate into your life every day.
Don’t Overextend Yourself
Most people overextend themselves in one way or another. Some people do it at home. They take on too many chores, too much of the child-rearing responsibilities, and still try to maintain a personal life. Others do it at work. They take on project after project even when they know their plate is already full. If this sounds like you, then you've probably found at least one source of stress in your life. Try to cut back on responsibilities where you can. When you already have too much to do, say no to something new. Take control of your time again, and your stress is likely to be much lower.
Schedule Some Downtime
Everyone needs a little bit of rest and relaxation time. This is the time when we’re able to mentally unwind. Without it, the stress builds and builds until it's almost unmanageable. If you don't ever seem to have enough time to relax, schedule yourself some downtown. Whether you have to take a day off, send your kids to Grandma's for the evening, or lock your bedroom door for the night, do what it takes to give yourself the time and attention you need to unwind.
Avoid Negative People and Situations
Negative people are so incredibly draining. While we can't always avoid these people or situations, it's important to limit exposure when possible. If your co-worker is constantly negative, do your best to not partake in the gossip or negative chit chat. If it's a friend who is constantly negative, gently suggest some positives that are present in their life. If all else fails, only interact with these people when you must and spend the rest of your time around people who will lift you up and make you feel good about life.
We all have stress now, and we're all going to have more stress as the years go by. But even though this is a constant aspect of our lives, we don't have to let stress overtake us. Use these tips to lower your stress levels and to feel better about your life day in and day out.
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