Stress is a part of nearly everyone’s life. Whether you’re dealing with work, family, or personal stress, it can all add up and build to be overwhelming. Stress can affect not only your physical health but also your emotional health. You know you should do something to manage stress, but at the end of the day, life gets in the way. That’s why we put together this list of Stress Management Tips to relieve stress and help manage your stress and keep it under control so that it doesn’t impact your relationships with others, or cause you physical harm.
Stress is such a common feeling and problem, many researchers call it the most common health problem in the world today and the biggest cause of illness, and the leading cause of disability. You would think that dealing with stress is pretty straightforward, but it’s not.
Some symptoms of chronic Stress
• Belly fat
• High cholesterol
• High blood pressure
• Fatigue (especially after eating)
• Hungry all the time (especially for carbs)
If you think about it, it’s unsettling how the easiest form of stress comes from other people. Friends, spouses, kids, parents, colleagues.
However, since avoiding them may not be an option most of the time, all you need to do is to get involved with stress-relieving activities to keep it under control. So let’s dive right in—
10 Effective Ways to Relieve Stress: Stress Management Tips
1. Keep your sense of humor.
It’s one of the most important things to help you deal with stress. Laughter is good for your physical and mental health! It releases endorphins, which help to relax muscles and reduce pain. Laughter can also improve your immune system, boost energy levels, and improve your mood.
What is Humour ??
From the Oxford English dictionary: Humor is the quality of being amusing, comical, funny.
Sense of humor is similar but it focuses on your ability to understand and react to humor in a social situation.
Let’s talk about this for a little bit..
A sense of humor is the ability to understand, express, and enjoy fun things.
It’s important to distinguish between a sense of humor and a sense of fun because these two things are not always connected. A sense of fun is basically enjoyment or amusement. It comes from many factors such as social activities, watching comedy/jokes on TV, or talking with your friends/colleagues while a Sense of Humour it is much more than that.
There are many words you can use to describe someone’s sense of humor:
the way they make fun of things, their choice of jokes, or the kinds of things they laugh at are all good examples.
Having a sense of humour means you have an ability to laugh at necessary things and there are a few vital things that people don’t find funny.
Now, back to the matter–
So keeping your sense of humour is a great way to release tension or frustration when dealing with stressful situations. It helps you get through difficult times by making fun of yourself or the situation at hand.
I like to think that a good sense of humour is an indication of a sound mind in a healthy body.
You can make jokes about anything from work problems to family issues every day in order to relieve some tension before it turns into something more serious that could make you miserable for days or weeks on end. You can also goof around with others if they’re willing—it’s proven that goofing around reduces stress levels by increasing blood flow throughout the body which leads us onto our next tip…
2. Don’t let go of friendships.
It is important to maintain friendships during stressful times. This can be difficult because we may have less energy and feel less like socializing when we are stressed, but it is important to try. Having social support from friends and family can help us feel better, more relaxed, and more capable of handling our stressors. It can also help us see things in a different light or look at them from a new angle.
Friends who offer support will encourage us when we need it most, giving us the courage and confidence to tackle those challenges that seem daunting or impossible on our own.
Friends are especially important for those who are struggling with anxiety or depression because they provide an outlet for emotions that may otherwise build up inside of us as we try to manage our symptoms on our own (or not at all).
Having someone there who understands what you’re going through makes all the difference in helping you cope effectively with your mental health struggles so that they don’t weigh down on you too much – especially if you aren’t getting professional treatment right now! Just make sure not too many people know about this though because talking openly about mental illness isn’t always safe either!
N/B it would be also wise to be careful of the kind of friends you keep..
3. Exercise regularly.
Exercise is a great way to manage stress. It can help you sleep better, feel better about yourself and increase your self-confidence. You’ll also feel more relaxed and have more energy throughout the day—all of which can help you handle stressful situations with ease. Exercise doesn’t have to be a strenuous workout at the gym or running 5 miles every morning; any form of exercise is beneficial for managing stress and improving mood. Check out this guide on how to get started now!
4. Get more sleep.
Sleep is touted as the best way to fight stress, and it’s not hard to understand why. When we sleep, our bodies produce growth hormone that helps us heal and regenerate. Sleep also increases levels of serotonin, a hormone that makes you feel happy, relaxed and focused on your daily tasks. It’s important to keep in mind though that lack of sleep can have negative effects too; research shows insomnia often occurs at the same time as high stress levels. This can cause an increase in blood pressure and heart rate which contributes to increased anxiety or depression symptoms.
Insomnia is a common symptom of anxiety disorder or depression so if you’re experiencing trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, seek help from your primary care doctor who may refer you for additional evaluation by a mental health professional such as a psychologist or psychiatrist
5. Let your feelings out.
If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a therapist. If that’s not an option, there are other ways of expressing yourself that may be more comfortable for you.
Some people find it helpful to talk out their feelings with friends or family members; others may find that writing about their feelings in a diary helps them cope with stress more effectively.
Another option is practicing art as a form of expression: whether it’s painting or drawing pictures, playing instruments such as the guitar or piano, creating pottery or jewelry—anything that allows you to express yourself creatively can help with stress management!
Also consider doing some Yoga.
6. Have Some great Sex
The physical act of sex releases endorphins into your bloodstream that can help reduce stress. Endorphins are chemicals that our bodies produce naturally and they have many positive effects including relieving pain and reducing anxiety. This is helpful for people who need relief from stress and who work long hours at high-stress jobs.
So.. You get back from a long day at work and you’re feeling like releasing some tension? Jump into the bedroom with your woman/man and bang away your stress. Easy!
7. Prioritize what’s important to you.
- Know what you have to do.
- Know what you want to do.
- Know what you can do.
- Be realistic.
- Prioritize! It’s like a mental filing system where each task has its place, and everything is in order of importance so that when it’s time to get stuff done, the most important tasks are at the top of your list and will be done first so they won’t stress you out as much as other less important things on your mind (even if those things are very fun).
In this way, prioritizing helps keep stress levels down because there’s no room for unnecessary worries about whether or not something has been forgotten or left undone (because nothing ever gets left undone). This means that even if something comes up later on in the day—like needing more coffee or finding out there’s an emergency meeting at work—you’ll still have time to take care of those things without having panic over them taking over like they might during times when there aren’t any priorities set beforehand!
Prioritization also helps us stay focused on what matters most during stressful situations, getting through whatever challenge we’re facing right now so we can move onto whatever else awaits us tomorrow—and hopefully find peace again once we’ve accomplished our goal(s).
8. Maintain a positive perspective.
You are in control of how you react to the day-to-day stresses of life.
Maintaining a positive perspective means not letting negative experiences define you, but instead choosing to be positive and focusing on the positives. If you find yourself dwelling on thoughts that are negative or unproductive, try minimising the time spent thinking about them and directing your attention elsewhere.
The next time you have an unpleasant or unexpected event happen, look for what is right rather than what is wrong—this will help keep things in perspective and make it easier for you to see that life goes on despite challenges and setbacks.
Spending some time practicing gratitude can also help keep things in perspective by reminding us of all the good things in our lives and how fortunate we are compared with many others around us who may not even have basic needs met such as food security or shelter from harm’s way (such as war).
9. Take care of yourself.
Your body is the only place you have to live. Take care of it.
There are many ways to do this: exercise, eat well and get enough sleep. And when you do all these things, your mind will be clearer and you will feel better as a result. It’s called self-care and it’s important because stress can really make us feel bad physically and mentally if we don’t take care of ourselves first.
You can also develop healthy habits by scheduling time for yourself in your calendar or notebook (or whatever you prefer) so that it feels “official” and like something has been scheduled for today/this week/next month.. If someone asks what else needs doing on your list or in the next steps for an assignment or project, look at what is already written down before adding another item! This way everything stays organized within each area instead being scattered all over with random ideas popping up everywhere which just leads us back down into chaos again.”
10. Learn to accept things you cannot change.
- Learn to accept things you cannot change.
- Do not waste your time trying to change things that can’t be changed.
- Accepting what you can’t change is a way of taking control of your life.
- You cannot change other people, but you can change yourself.
- Learn to walk with what you’ve got.
- Do not compare yourself with others
It is often not enough to simply ‘get rid’ of stress, you need to manage it in a way that leaves you feeling happier, healthier and productive.
Learning how to manage it with these activities will help you reduce the negative effects of your daily life.
Hopefully this stress management tips has given you some ideas on the effective ways to reduce the amount of stress in your life. You don’t have to do everything on the list! Just choose one or two and try them out for a little while. Before long, you’ll find that you have a healthier, happier life as a whole.