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5 Ways to Combat Stress

Life can be so stressful.

We have so much to worry about from bills, to children, our family, and our health that it can be easy for one to feel like they’re losing their mind and feel overwhelmed and stressed out.

Don’t worry though, I’ve got you because today I’m sharing 5 ways in which you can reduce stress.

5 Ways to Combat Stress

Here are 5 things that you can do to bring those stress levels down.

Spend More Time Outdoors

Being outdoors and enjoying that fresh air can do wonders for your well-being.

Time in green spaces significantly reduces your cortisol, which is a stress hormone.

Ontario Parks

Nature is a natural stress and anxiety reliever. If you don’t believe me, go outside when you’re feeling stress and feel the difference for yourself. You’ll come back feeling more relaxed.

Try going for a walk or just chilling at your local park.

The sun is a natural source of vitamin D which is great for nerve, muscle and immune system support. Your body also uses vitamin D to help it absorb calcium and phosphorus.

Do I need to give you any more reason to be outdoors or are you convinced now?

Exercise

Exercising reduces the body’s stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol; which makes it a great go-to when you feel your stress levels rising.

This is my go-to natural stress reliever.

After a stressful day at work, I’ll go for a run or do a workout routine on YouTube to shake the stress away.

“Exercises I’ve Been Enjoying Lately”

Prayer and Meditation

Prayer is so powerful!

I try to pray every night before bed, if I can’t think of anything specific to pray for or about, I just recite the Lord’s prayer before I go to bed.

For the longest time, I thought I was doing meditation “wrong” because people always said “clear your mind” and I was like, how the heck does one not think about anything?” until a friend of mine explained it to me properly.

I now find meditation calming and a wonderful way to centre myself and you should also give it a try if you want to connect with your inner self.

Meditation reduces stress by transporting you into a deep started of relaxation and tranquility by helping you to eliminate the jumbled thoughts that may be contributing to your stress.

Take a Time-Out

Sometimes all you need to derail a stressful situation is to take a time out.

Chill out, relax and take it easy then get back to it when you’re feeling stressed anymore.

A time out could simply be just stapling away from a task by taking a stroll or doing something fun for some time before getting back to whatever it is that was stressing you out. You may come back with a fresh perspective and figure out a better way to go about handling what’s stressing you out.

Sometimes all we need is a little breather.

Accept What You Can’t Control

Some things are just out of our control. Instead of stressing about it, just accept what you can’t control.

It is what it is.

Prepare in Advance

Being prepared in advance can help to ease stress and take a huge amount of pressure off you. Preparing in advance gives you adequate time to get things done and to deal with any stressful problems that may arise accordingly, before they become a huge headache.

It’s important to be able to manage and reduce stress in our lives before it becomes chronic. Chronic stress will start to negatively affect your health and well-being in the long run and possibly lead to depression.

Use these 5 ways to reduce stress in your life today so you don’t end up looking like the guy in the image above and go back to enjoying your life to the fullest.

P. S you can thank me later.

How do you combat stress in your life?

A true-crime-obsessed, quirky lifestyle blogger from the coastal city of East London, South Africa whose interests include reading, writing and fitness. Find me on Twitter @WeirdnLiberated.
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3 thoughts on “5 Ways to Combat Stress

  1. It’s always great to be reminded that there are things we can do to help ease stress in our daily lives. Knowing what we can try out to support our emotional health is vital; we should all take time to manage stress as much as we can. Thanks for sharing these here!

  2. These are great suggestions. I do daily stretches and exercises that help to refocus. I do meditate regularly, and sometimes just use classical music to clear my thoughts. I also work with film music on in the background which keeps a calm and thoughtful approach to my creativity. Your suggestion not to worry over what you can’t control is very Stoic, and I would recommend reading Stoic Philosophy to challenge stress. Our world is noisy, too much information going on all of the time. We need to take time and breathe. Great post, thank you.

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