yoga-757998-mStress is a natural response to stimulants in your environment. For example, it is common to feel stressed when you are running late for work or when you see your child take a tumble from the monkey bars at the park. It may be impossible to live a life that’s free of any stresses, and it is quite natural and normal to feel some level of stress throughout the day.

With that said, there may be times when your stress level gets so high that it starts affecting your daily life. That’s when you need to take control and practice some stress busting exercises to relieve it. After all, too much stress can make you miserable, and it may even lead to a number of health problems. When you are feeling stressed, consider following some of these relaxation tips.

Practice Deep Breathing
Stress can make you feel upset, anxious and even panicked at times. For some people, it can be difficult to think about other things besides the source of stress, and this can compound the feelings of stress and anxiety.

  • Take a moment to clear your mind to lower your stress level.
  • Simply go to a quiet area of your home, office or even to a nearby park.
  • Take slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed and focus on your breathing.

Doing this for 5-6 minutes may be enough for you to lower your heart rate, put things to perspective and relax.

Focus On The Positive
When you are stressed, it may be difficult to think clearly. You may be focused on the bad things that are causing you stress, but there are always good things to think about too.

  • Understand that sometimes the negative events causing you stress may be a signal that they require your time and attention so you can properly deal with them.
  • When you spend a few minutes focusing on these aspects of your life; with a positive frame of mind, you may be able to find a silver lining. What’s more, you may find a solution to the issues causing the stress to get rid of them permanently.
  • Find some time every day and focus on those aspects of your life you are grateful for. In even the seemingly worst situations, you may be able to find something positive to think about.

As you get into the practice of focusing on the positive things in your life, you may actually discover that you are better able to cope with life’s stressful situations on a daily basis.

Get Moving – Exercise, Walk or Jog
Exercise is a natural and healthy way to reduce stress. Some people may turn to food when stressed, or they may have other unhealthy outlets to cope with stress. However,

  • When you exercise, your body naturally fights feelings of stress. It releases feel good hormones that get the stress out and allow you to feel energized and refreshed.
  • You may be able to clear your head while you are moving around. At the end of your workout, your body will feel less tense and more relaxed.
  • Keep in mind that even something as simple as taking a walk around the neighborhood may be all that it takes to keep your stress levels in check.

Going out for a walk or hitting the gym when feeling anxious or stressed out always works out well for most people. However, when you make exercising a regular routine, you may find that you are better able to deal with the day-to-day stresses of life.

It is not realistic to go through life without feeling stressed. While some people may hang onto their stress and allow it to weigh on them, others find natural, healthy ways to cope with stress. Finding a way to deal with stress can improve your overall quality of life. Consider some of these tips discussed above in order to lower your stress levels as you face daily work life challenges.

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Author: Michele Holincheck, FNP