Stress is known to trigger the fight-or-flight response, which can cause adrenaline and cortisol to surge through the body in a potentially disruptive manner. Excessive stress opens the body up to so many risks and health complications, which is why it should be reduced.
Do you feel stressed out? Read on to see how you can control your stress levels and take charge of your life:
1. Begin the day with yourself
You are probably too occupied with so many activities that you barely have time for yourself.
You can decide to take out time for yourself in the morning, before going about your daily business–it could be as little as 5 minutes or more.
This time should be for you alone and you should avoid getting engaged in discussions or checking your emails.
Take a peek out of the window and admire nature, look around and consciously observe both things that get your attention and the ones that do not.
Keep your mind at peace and be calm; this will help you to worry less and keep you alive through the whole day.
Try these exercises to boost your mood which can also help to reduce stress.
2. Get up and stretch
Don’t sit for too long during the day. Stand up once in a while to stretch, or to walk around and do some petty things.
You can decide to walk down the gallery in your office while you are on a call.
If you feel you don’t have so much time to take a walk, you can stretch right there on your seat and release your stiff muscles.
3. Drive mindfully
Many people drive with their minds focused on their destination or crunching numbers ahead of their arrival at the office.
A great way to reduce stress though, is to enjoy every bit of the time you spend driving.
You can choose to turn off the radio or phone, or anything that is likely to distract you and simply enjoy the drive.
4. Be mindful of how you eat
Take your time when you eat, and avoid rushing your meals or multi-tasking while you eat.
It is understandable that you have a lot to do rather than spending time on meals, but you can always create that time.
Sit back, enjoy your meals with ease, and you are gradually relieving stress.
5. Stay hydrated
Drink water often to keep yourself hydrated. Water plays a very great role in health and reduces some risk factors of certain diseases.
You should drink water throughout the day to stay alert and keep yourself healthy.
6. Positive thinking
Establish good thoughts and intentions for yourself, before setting out for the day.
Think about the day being productive for you, and ending great. Your mind has a connection to everything you do; you have to set your mind right to do it right.