According to The Global Organization stress report, “73 percent of people experience stress that impacts their mental health while 48 percent have trouble sleeping due to stress”. More so, other research has identified stress as one of the number one causes of early aging and untimely death. Sadly, not everyone knows and understands how to deal with stress.
That said, everyone would agree that the list of inevitable feelings in life isn’t complete if stress is not included.
Though can as well result from external factors (such as work, school, family issues, and so on), stress like most emotions, is an internal battle that can be won whenever it surfaces. You just have to learn how.
So how do you deal with stress? Read on to find out.
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1. Exercise Regularly
The benefits of exercise go beyond just staying physically fit to managing stress.
Physical exercise is a great way to stay active, improve your mood and boost your energy tremendously.
People who exercise more often tend to sleep better and stay healthier- both physically and mentally.
Consider incorporating the act of exercise into your routine and watch that stress melt away.
2. Find A Hobby
What’s the one thing you enjoy doing? Now is the time to give it a try. For some people, it’s singing, dancing, playing sports, knitting or seeing movies. Find yours and create time for it at least 3 times a week.
Allowing yourself to engage in other activities apart from work or school is an incredible way to unwind and manage stress.
3. Meditate Regularly
During stressful periods, try taking a break to meditate for at least ten minutes. If you can do more, that’s fine.
Meditation has been proven times without numbers to be an effective means of dealing and coping with stress, as it not only helps to calm your mind helps but also reduces the release of a hormone causing stress known as cortisol.
4. Eat Healthily
You’ve probably heard the statement, ‘you’re what you eat’. In other words, a healthy meal makes a healthy man. There’s no better way to put it.
One major stress emanating factor is eating junk foods. This means eating unhealthy foods has both physical and mental consequences.
Hence, if you’re dealing with stress and want to eliminate it from your life, resort to eating more vegetables and fruits than processed or fried foods.
5. Cut Off Toxic People From Your Life
Cutting off toxic people is one of the effective ways to deal with stress as it can save you from a lot of mental challenges. If you notice you’re experiencing more stress than before, you need to take time to reassess the people in your life, especially if you’ve recently opened door to a new set of friends.
Oftentimes, toxic people add nothing to your life except to take. And still, make you feel like you’re not doing enough. These people can be found not only among your friends but co-workers and even family members. When you eventually identify them, it’s time to draw the line and give your distance.
6. See A Therapist
Different people handle stress in different ways. While some find it easy to shake off by merely exercising, changing diet, and meditating, others simply need a more intensive approach and help from professionals.
The act of talking to someone alone goes a long way in alleviating stress.
Overall, stress is dangerous to both your physical and mental health as it can lead to other life-threatening conditions such as depression, cardiac diseases, and even death. Address it by taking the necessary precautions.
Whatever you do, don’t take it with levity.
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