Millions of Americans are stressed out. They’re stressed over their jobs. They’re stressed over their families. And, they’re stressed out about things that are both in, and out of their control. If you fit into this category, then it’s important for you to destress. Lowering your stress levels means that you will feel happier. It also means that you might live a longer, more fulfilling life. Give these tips a shot, and see if your stress levels are reduced.
Exercise More Often
The first thing you need to do is engage in physical activity. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins like cortisol. This keeps them from building up to toxic levels, and your mood can improve. You can think of these hormones as natural painkillers when they’re at healthy levels in your blood. If you’re not in the best shape, then start small. A short walk every day is a good habit to get into, and it builds a foundation for future improvements.
Get More Sleep
Stress and anxiety can reduce your sleep quality, and reduced sleep quality can increase your stress and anxiety levels. So, do your best to get a good night’s rest. If you are having trouble falling asleep, then try adjusting your habits. First, stop watching TV and staring at your computer screen late at night. Instead, engage in relaxation exercises or other healthy activities. Stay away from strenuous exercise before bed and avoid heavy meals. Reduce your caffeine intake, and set a cut-off time for that last cup of coffee.
Try Anti-Anxiety Supplements
If exercise and sleep aren’t enough, then you may need to try some supplements. There are a lot of prescription drugs that people take to reduce their anxiety. Some of these work, but they may have harmful side-effects. Before you get hooked on an anti-anxiety medication, try some natural supplements. You might try various CBD products, which have gained in popularity over the years.
Or, you might try something like white hulu kratom. It’s a less popular supplement, made from mitragyna speciosa leaves. Just bear in mind that these supplements may not have a lot of peer-reviewed studies that prove their effectiveness. They may also come with their own side-effects, so do your research. That said, many people report reduced stress after trying kratom and other supplements. This may be a reasonable step towards a healthier lifestyle.
Meditate Every Day
Meditation is a great way to clear your mind of the thoughts that stress you out. Imagine spending a few minutes each day where you just stop thinking about all of those things that negatively impact your life. It’s a welcome break from the norm, and can help you to look at things with a fresh perspective.
Try Essential Oils
When you meditate, you can sit in silence, or you can listen to music. You can do it with your eyes closed, or you engage in trataka, where you stare at a single point, a candle flame, or a geometric pattern. And, you can try filling your lungs with the calming aromas of essential oils. Your nose has a direct connection to your brain, meaning that certain scents may trigger different feelings when you inhale them.
Say No More Often
Are you in the habit of saying yes every time someone asks you for a favor? If so, then you may be taking on more than you can handle. Start saying no. You don’t even need to give people excuses. If you must, let them know that you are working on reducing your stress levels by limiting your responsibilities.
Life can feel overwhelming when you’re disorganized. Take that list of daunting tasks and organize it. Prioritize those things that are most important, and push off the tasks that are not important. In addition to organizing your tasks, try organizing your schedule. Block off times for specific activities, and work in time for socializing with friends and family.
Talk Out Your Problems
It’s good to talk about your problems. Just be mindful of how people may respond. If you’re too negative, people won’t want to spend time with you. So, consider hiring a professional. Therapists are paid to listen to you, and they’re trained to give good advice.
Keep a Journal
Lowering your stress levels requires changing your habits. Follow the steps above, and keep a journal of what you did—or didn’t do, and how you felt that day. Then, read through your journal periodically. You’ll start to notice trends and you can focus on those activities that are most impactful on your life.