Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992. Stress is one of the biggest causes of health problems like heart disease, depression, anxiety attacks, sleep problems, auto-immune diseases, weight problems and more. Let’s celebrate by creating less stress in our own lives. Here is a list of steps to help you reduce stress.
Take care of your body for a happy mind. Whether it is through diet, exercise, or simply getting that checkup you’ve been putting off, let April be the month you put yourself back in control.
Make a Change
Clear the clutter off your desk, take a well-deserved vacation, get out of your comfort zone or learn something new, the important thing is that you do something different. Even a small change can make a big difference when it comes to stress.
Focus on Now
Focusing on the present will help you enjoy life to the fullest. Stop worrying and stressing about the past or future and focus on what you’re doing, right now.
Get the Giggles
It’s true; laughter really is the best medicine. It triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
When stressful situations or thoughts strike, try meditating. Take a deep breath, quiet your thoughts and let the stress melt away. Even ten minutes of meditation done daily for the next 30 days will do wonders.
Keep a Happiness Journal
Having a happiness journal will help you understand your own personal happiness, be grateful and explore ways to welcome more happiness into your daily life and get rid of stress.
Even when you’re experiencing sadness, anger, or challenges, do your best to think about it positively and then let that new positive mindset become your focal point.
Help Someone and Be Kind
Sometimes the best way to deal with stress is by providing relief to someone else. There are a number of different ways you can help people, either by solving small problems faced in the day to day world, or by working to resolve big issues important in your community.
Instead of being in the stressful task-switching mode, take your next task, let everything else go, and just be in the moment with this one task. Let yourself be immersed in this one task, letting go of the feeling that you need to quickly rush through it.
Accept People and Smile
Most people get upset at other people because they don’t meet their ideals or expectations. Try to accept people for who they are, smile, and enjoy your time with them.
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