6 Ways to Help Man­age Stress More Effectively

Stress written in the sand.

Stress management is identifying, assessing, and controlling stress, so it doesn't become a problem. (Image: Allison14 via Dreamstime)

Stress is a state of mental or physical strain resulting from certain external or internal factors, leading to an uncomfortable or unpleasant body state.

We all face stressful life situations, ranging from minor annoyances like traffic jams to severe worries, such as a loved one’s grave illness. No matter what the cause, stress floods your body with hormones. Your heart pounds, your breathing speeds up, and your muscles tense.

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This so-called “stress response” is a normal reaction to threatening situations honed in our prehistory to help us survive threats like an animal attack or a flood. Today, you rarely face these physical dangers, but challenging problems in daily life can set off the stress response. Of course, you can’t avoid all sources of stress in your life, nor would you want to. But you can develop healthier ways of responding to them.

Exer­cise releas­es ​'feel good hor­mones' that can help you relax and relieve both phys­i­cal and men­tal tension.
Exer­cise releas­es ​’feel good hor­mones’ that can help you relax and relieve both phys­i­cal and men­tal tension. (Image: Błażej Łyjak via Dreamstime)

What is stress management?

Stress management is identifying, assessing, and controlling stress so that it doesn’t become a problem. It is the act of reducing its adverse emotional and physiological effects, and you can do this by making the right choices for yourself and taking time to relax and de-compress. The ultimate goal is a balanced life vital to maintaining physical and mental well-being.

Whether Falun Dafa exercises, yoga, or breathing exercises, mindfulness has been found to promote optimism, happiness, positive emotional states, and self-acceptance.
Whether Falun Dafa exercises, yoga, or breathing exercises, mindfulness has been found to promote optimism, happiness, positive emotional states, and self-acceptance. (Image: Wirestock via Dreamtime)

Many people get so caught up in the moment that they don’t stop and take a look at how their stress affects them. You’ll be much better by learning simple solutions and managing this state regularly.

6 things you can do to manage stress more effectively

1. Exercise

Physical activity helps rest your body from working so hard during the day. Whether it is high inten­si­ty inter­val train­ing, a walk in the park, or a long evening bike ride, exer­cise releas­es ​”feel good hor­mones” that can help you relax and relieve both phys­i­cal and men­tal tension.

2. Eating healthy food

Eating nutritious, healthy food can improve your mental and physical health. Unfortunately, many people often turn to comfort food that may be unhealthy when faced with stress. Foods that are promoted in the Mediterranean diet are the same foods that are good to eat when you’re stressed: fish, poultry, fruits, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats.

3. Talking it out

Maintaining a sense of connectedness to others is essential to reducing stress. It is important to have someone you can depend upon to always be there to dis­cuss things in your life that are caus­ing this state. Some­times a fresh per­spec­tive can enlight­en you on the sit­u­a­tion and pro­vide solu­tions you may not have seen otherwise.

4. Practice mindfulness

Whether Falun Dafa exercises, yoga, or breathing exercises, mindfulness has been found to promote optimism, happiness, positive emotional states, and self-acceptance. Each of these outcomes aids in the promotion of emotional expression.

5. Stay organized

Much of your dai­ly stress can be caused by for­got­ten appoint­ments or items, over-packed cal­en­dars, unhealthy on-the-go eat­ing, etc. Plan ahead! Lay out back­packs, brief­cas­es, and clothes the night before. Have an assigned place in the house for impor­tant paper­work and mail. Use the week­end to pre­pare healthy meals for the week, so there is no excuse to stop for fast food. Being pre­pared will reduce the stress asso­ci­at­ed with dai­ly activities.

6. Prac­tice pos­i­tive self-talk

Instead of resort­ing to an ​”I can’t do this” men­tal­i­ty, think ​”I am going to do the best I can” and then accept that what you can do is good enough! Embrace the things you can change, laugh, and slow down.

Real­ize the pos­i­tives in your life and around you. Try to get more in touch with the sim­ple plea­sures in life. Remember to take time for your­self; res­ur­rect your favorite hob­by, read a book, hang out with friends, lis­ten to music, or enjoy your sur­round­ings and take a walk in nature. All these things will help you cope with the inevitable stress life brings.

Conclusion 

Stress can be helpful in small doses, but it can harm your health when it becomes chronic. Therefore, finding ways to manage this state is essential so that it doesn’t become a burden in your life. Man­ag­ing it more effec­tive­ly will have pos­i­tive effects on your heart and over­all health, allow­ing for a long and plea­sur­able life!

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