Table of Contents
- Why Is It So Important to Relief Stress?
- How Does the Stress Affect Your Physical Health?
- Tip 1: Identifying Stress – Temporary or Chronicle?
- Tip 2: Identifying Stress – Where Does It Come From?
- Tip 3: Identifying Stress – Who Is the One to Blame?
- Tip 4: Analyze a Stressful Situation
- Tip 5: Approach Differently to People That Are the Source of the Stress
- Tip 6: Looking at the Bigger Picture
- Tip 7: The Power of No
- Tip 8: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
- Tip 9: Changing Habits That Can Trigger Stress
- Tip 10: Make a To-Do List
- Tip 11: Show Emotions
- Tip 12: Learn To Compromise
- Light a Candle
- Drink Peppermint Tea
- Exercise for Stress Relief
- We Said We Have a Surprise…
Let’s face it – it’s 2018 and we live a fast-paced life. There is a saying that a human should work for 8 hours, recreate and rest just as much. In most cases, we don’t practice live by these guidelines. In fact, we over-work and rarely stop to enjoy and appreciate all the life has given us. Ecellulitis team knows how hard it can be and that is why we decided to provide you with stress relief manual.
But first, let’s talk more about stress.
Why Is It So Important to Relief Stress?
The first thing you have to be aware of is that once the stress is present, it never goes away. We don’t want to scare you and you have to be aware of that stressful situations are completely acceptable. And so is managing those situations.
The biggest part of stress relief is learning to control your thoughts, emotions and take charge of your lifestyle.
Why should you take charge of your life? Because stress doesn’t just create an emotional rollercoaster. It has an effect on your physical health, as well.
How Does the Stress Affect Your Physical Health?
There are several ways stress can affect physical health.
According to American Psychological Association, human body recognizes stress the same way as it does the fear. Palms are starting to sweat, blood pressure is rising, heart rate elevates and there is a big change in the energy level. That being said, multiple studies have shown that sudden stressful reactions can be the cause of heart attacks and sudden death.
On another matter, stress makes the existing problems seem worse. J. Kiecolt-Glaser and R. Glaser in a study Stress, Age and Immune Function: Toward A Lifespan Approach, have found that stress in the early development has an impact on the nervous and immune system.
Stress may not be a disease but it has many effects on your body and it has the ability to spread like a virus.
Now that you are confident you should make a change in order to improve your lifestyle, hop on to tips on how to stress relief. In the beginning, we wrote about finding sources of the stress and then about useful tips that can help you manage stressful situations.
Also, be sure to stay with us until the end and you are in for a surprise or two. 🙂
Before we start with the actual tips, you have to know that not all of these tips are going to work for you – it all depends on the personality, stress level and many other factors.
Tip 1: Identifying Stress – Temporary or Chronicle?
According to helpguide.org, the first step of stress relief is to identify stress sources.
For starters, try to identify the longevity of your stress. Are you feeling stressed right now, while you are reading this text and in every other situation or is it always a particular situation that can trigger negative emotions?
Temporary stress can be caused by intense work situations (when you have a million things to do) or when your partner/kids are “causing trouble”. Those situations come and go and we all are familiar with them. However, if you believe you are experiencing chronic stress then there are more serious steps you take, which we will explain in the text.
Tip 2: Identifying Stress – Where Does It Come From?
Usually, there are two main sources of stress – situations in the personal life (family, friends) or the ones that are business related. This is nothing to be ashamed of since these are two communities we spend most of our time in.
So, ask yourself: Are sources of my stress coming from personal or business-related situations?
Tip 3: Identifying Stress – Who Is the One to Blame?
Blaming stress on others is like complaining to your mother that your cousin has hit you. Remember, there are two sides of each story.
If you are connecting stressful situations with a person or an event, you have to be able to see your part in the stressful situation. It is not easy but over time and with our stress relief manual you are going to be able to achieve just that.
Tip 4: Analyze a Stressful Situation
Once you have identified sources of your stress, you can focus more on trying to deeply analyze your emotions. You should cover these 4 questions:
● What is the cause of stress?
● How did it make you feel?
● How did you act?
● What you did to make your emotions in control?
These may seem like the easiest questions in the world but try to be descriptive while answering them. This process shouldn’t take more 10 minutes a day.
Tip 5: Approach Differently to People That Are the Source of the Stress
According to Beverly D. Flaxington in a post for Psychology Today, there is one thing that you could do if you can’t end a toxic relationship with someone or avoid them completely. You should change your approach if you want to experience stress relief.
Every human interaction is based on action and reaction, just like in physics. So, when a person that is the cause of the stress acts in some way, try to respond differently than you usually do. As Flaxington would say – change the game! By doing this you can observe how that person’s acts are changing.
Tip 6: Looking at the Bigger Picture
According to Ali Luke in a post for pickthebrain.com, humans’ attention in day-to-day life is focused on details – small things we do to “survive” the day. This is the reason why it is so easy to get caught up and forget to look at the big picture.
Stepping back for a moment in order to analyze your actions can make you prioritize better and focus your energy more efficiently. This is not an easy tip to implement but if you take some time for yourself and learn how to relax and while reflecting on the past (or thinking about the future), you will be able to distinguish important from unimportant people/situations in your life.
Tip 7: The Power of No
The is one of the tips from our stress relief manual that you absolutely have to use.
Judith Sills Ph. D. in a post for Psychology Today thoroughly explained the difference between Yes and No. By saying Yes, we perceive ourselves as the courage ones, the ones that are willing to take risks and be open-minded to almost anything. On the other hand, by saying No, we are closing some doors behind us. And we always feel guilty.
Sills further points out that the reality is that by saying No we accept our boundaries and become aware of our strength. Therefore, saying No means taking charge of your life and focusing on your goals.
Saying Yes to everything and anything are something that teenagers do, in order to find themselves and discover what works best for them. As a mature adult, you should be aware of your objectives and the right to say No.
Tip 8: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Yes – the perfect stress relief song, just like Eric Idle once sang. However, this tip is usually easier said than done.
The first step towards accepting yourself and your surrounding is knowing there are some situations that you simply can do nothing about. Accept that you can’t change the unchangeable, no matter how hard you try.
Waiting in the traffic jam and losing your last nerve? Not anymore! This is a situation that you cannot change. Maybe you have put yourself in this mess but try to make the best of it. Turn on the radio and enjoy those 15 extra minutes in the car.
Tip 9: Changing Habits That Can Trigger Stress
This is why we mentioned the importance of identifying stress sources. However, there are some habits you do on a daily basis that can cause nervousness and trigger stress.
For example, a stressful habit can be if you turn on the TV right after you enter the house to watch the news. After a 10 hour work day, it is probably not the smartest thing to hear more bad news.
As you can see, the path to stress relief consists of trying to find habits that are not the cause of stress but can have an impact on your mental health.
Tip 10: Make a To-Do List
Making a To-Do list can help you organize better, which can lower your stress level. Mind Tools has provided some great tips on how to prepare a To-Do list:
● Write down all the tasks. If there are larger tasks, break them into a few actions.
● Go through all the task and prioritize them. “A” should stand for the most important tasks, while the ones that are not important should be labeled as “F”.
● First, do the most important tasks – go from “A” to “F”.
● Once you have completed the task, strike it off.
By doing these steps, you will be able to relax knowing that all the important tasks are done.
Tip 11: Show Emotions
According to Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. in a post for Psychology Today, showing your emotions leads to being a better partner and parent. How come?
Because that is how you can solve issues which we lead to stress relief. Showing true emotions is another way of communicating with others.
On another matter, when it comes to pain and sadness, Goldsmith puts an emphasis on people who believe that once they show feelings, they won’t be able to stop. Just the opposite – showing your negative emotions will provide you with a chance to eliminate them. Forever.
On a daily basis, learn how to properly communicate your feelings. You don’t have to be rude in order to get someone’s attention, just polite and clear about what is bothering you.
Tip 12: Learn To Compromise
When you hear a word compromise, you usually relate it to compromising in a relationship. Next to the commitment and trust, there is always compromise. But, try to look outside of the box and recognize situations that require your ability to compromise.
The biggest mistake you can make is thinking that you are losing the personality or attitude if you compromise. Just the opposite – you are maturely finding common ground with the person of interest.
Can you imagine that all these tips are just some that can lead you to stress relief? There are dozens more but we have prepared for you the ones that we found the most effective.
However, if you are not willing to invest some time in your journey to stress relief and you need helpful tips that work instantly and help you feel more relaxed, don’t worry, we got you covered. Just apply these 3 steps:
Light a Candle
According to a post on frontgate.com, there is a saying that flame’s illumination can touch the soul and that is why candles are used in many spiritual and religious rituals. They can wake up self-awareness and calm the body down.
So, why don’t you make an experiment? Light up a candle or two, dim the lights and let the stress-free magic happen.
Drink Peppermint Tea
In December 2017, Huffington Post published an article about 6 natural tea remedies for stress and anxiety. One of the remedies listed was peppermint tea. And why is that?
Because the menthol in the peppermint causes muscle relaxation. If you want to find more about health benefits of drinking tea and which tea you should be drinking, hop on to one of our previous posts.
Exercise for Stress Relief
According to Mayo Clinic, exercising is not only good for the body but for the mind as well.
Actually, our brain is producing more endorphins, receptors that reduce how your body perceives the pain. Simply, put, the more you exercise, the happier you’ll be.
We Said We Have a Surprise…
We hope that you found all these stress relief tips helpful and that you are going to try at least one of them.
However, there is one more thing we would like to share with you and that is a story about the king and the ring.
The story goes something like this.
King Solomon had a Chief of Army, called Benaiah, son of Jehoiada. One night, the King held a meal with his ministers and he spoke to Benaiah saying that he knows that somewhere there is a ring that can change a person’s mood – a happy person becomes sad and vice versa. He, then, asked Benaiah to find and bring it in the next six months.
Benaiah looked all over streets of Jerusalem and couldn’t find it anywhere. At last, he turned to an old silversmith. The silversmith made a laugh, pull out an old silver ring and engraved something. When Benaiah read the words he knew that was the ring.
At last, Benaiah had brought the ring to the king and said that the ring had Hebrew letter engraved on it Gimel, Zayin, Yod. When the king looked at it for the first time, he felt sad and started crying. When he looked it again, he started smiling. Three letters represented three words – Gam Zeh Ya’avor which mean This too shall pass.
Love, laugh and enjoy every second of life.
Until next time!
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