Combating Stress

Young woman meditating in office

The society we live in today is fast-paced and filled with demanding schedules.  Simply dealing with everyday life can leave us feeling weighed down and stressed to the point where it begins to physically and emotionally wear us down.  Most of us tend to want to hold on to everything instead of accepting things and letting them go.  However, bottling up all of that stress is very unhealthy.  Below are a few suggestions on how to combat stress and take control.

Do you find yourself suffering from irritability, depression or anxiety?  These may be simply explained as symptoms of chronic stress. One way to combat stress is through meditation.   Commit to setting aside 15 minutes a day for yourself.  Make sure you step away from the chaos and activity around you and settle in.   Physically meditation can help lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety attacks and pain related to tension, increase serotonin, improve energy levels and your boost immune system.  Mentally, mediation can help you find clarity, happiness, peace of mind, creativity, emotional stability and so much more.  The benefits sound so great; it’s a mystery why more people don’t participate in this practice.

Another way to decompress and unwind is through exercise.  Even if you can only dedicate 30 minutes a day to sweating out the tension within, studies have shown this can greatly improve your overall wellbeing not only physically but emotionally and mentally as well.  As the saying goes “motion beats emotion.”

Lastly, do something you truly enjoy.  Whether it be catching up with a friend, reading a good book, or doing something crafty it doesn’t matter as long as you are immersed in the moment and are doing it purely for your enjoyment.  This will allow you to associate calm and positive thoughts with your day which in turn can help reduce your stress levels.

It is important to maintain a balance when everything around us is accelerated and chaotic.  You may not be able to control outside factors surrounding you and your day, but if you can learn to control your reaction to those factors, you will be much better off in the short and long term.