How to Deal with Stress: 7 Tips on How to Let Go of It and Relax

Stress is an inevitable part of our lives. Being a natural reaction of the body, it stimulates our system and mobilizes it to retreat or fight in exceptional and unpredictable situations. Humans, just like animals, react to emotional stress as well as to physical danger according to the fight-or-flight response: by running away or preparing for fighting. Even a small argument can raise the readiness of the body to fight.

Muscles tense, heartbeat and breathing become quicker, blood pressure and sweating increase s, this is what happens with the body after the release of adrenaline and other hormones into the blood. Low-stress levels are desirable and prolonged excessive stress can be very harmful. It reduces our productivity and, at worst, causes various diseases. Let’s fight it! Take a look at some useful tips on how to deal with stress.

1. Develop the right attitude

According to psychiatrists, the right attitude is the key to success when it comes to coping with stress. Take people on a roller coaster, for example, some are frightened, others are excited, some may even seem indifferent. All of them are going through the same thing but react in completely different ways, with negative stress, positive stress or lack of stress. Our attitude affects the way we handle our troubles. The same thing can arouse either fear or enthusiasm.

2. Work out regularly

Sport is an absolute must if you often get stressed! Exercises will make you feel much, much better. Physical activity causes the release of endorphins, hormones of happiness, in the brain. The rule is simple: tired muscles are relaxed muscles. During exercises, we can forget about our problems or come up with possible solutions to them. Besides, regular workouts will make you fit and healthy, obviously. Illness can be an additional source of stress, so try to prevent it.

Check out: 5 physical activities that will improve your self-awareness

3. Organize your surroundings

Whether at work or at home, clutter may cause stress and chaos in your head. Keep your surroundings in order. Make sure your desk or cabinet is not a mess. Organize the space in which you work or rest. It will surely help you relax much more easily.

4. Do one thing at a time

Multitasking doesn’t work. Typing something on the computer, watching TV and talking on the phone at the same time isn’t a good idea. Believe it or not, a habit like this can be a huge source of stress in your life. Try to focus on one thing at a time. Less stress is just one advantage of such an approach. You’ll also do your tasks faster and better. If you try to do various things simultaneously, everything takes much more time.

5. Have a power nap

Just like meditation, regular naps can reduce the level of cortisol in your body. Stress is often the effect of too little sleep or insomnia. Take a nap during the day. Even 15 minutes of sleep will do you good.

Check out: Meditation — yes, you can do it!

6. Drink herbs

Herbal infusions are considered to be an extremely effective natural tool in the fight against stress. Herbs which might calm you down include:

● Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)

● Camomile (Matricaria recutita)

● Holy basil (Tulsi or Ocimum sanctum)

● Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

● Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)

7. Try aromatherapy

The use of essential oils is another thing that might help you relax and relieve stress. Aromatherapy can help you to control your breathing and turn negative emotions into positive ones. Its efficiency is connected with the fact that the sense of smell is closely linked with the part of the brain responsible for emotions. Add a few drops of essential oil to a hot bath or use it in an aromatherapy lamp to make the smell spread throughout the house. Natural scents which are great for relaxation and sleep are:

● Lavender

● Orange

● Patchouli

● Rosewood

● Bergamot

● Grapefruit

● Geranium

● Sandalwood

Even if you’re a person who doesn’t get stressed very often, it’s good to keep the above tips in mind. Each of them is another way to make you feel better and to keep your life in balance. Take matters into your own hands and don’t let stress dominate your life.

Which of these techniques do you like most? Write your answer in the comment section!

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