Today’s post addresses stress and anxiety – mental health problems that are unfortunately growing increasingly prevalent in our society. I would like to thank Scarlet for her insightful and personal contribution to my blog, which I hope will be of help to some of you!
Unfortunately, stress and anxiety are a legitimate part of the majority of people’s everyday lives, as we live so fast and have no time to relax and unwind. That was the case with me as well, but I decided to do something about it and reduce my stress and anxiety no matter what. If you want to know how to get it done, just keep on reading. Here are five great ways to accomplish that, so check them out!
I wrote down my worries and fears and dealt with them
Writing about emotions you have about a particular situation is considered to be quite helpful, especially if we’re talking about feelings that make you feel stressful and anxious. This is called expressive writing, and I personally think that it’s one of the most useful ways of getting over difficult situations. All you have to do is to set a fixed amount of time to write about how you feel about things that bother you at the moment. I did it every day before bedtime, which showed to be really beneficial for my insomnia, too. This activity can also help you perform much better in your day-to-day tasks, especially those that cause anxiety and stress.
I started eating healthy and well-balanced meals
No matter how silly it may sound, eating right can reduce stress more than you can possibly imagine. People often turn to comfort foods like pizza, mac and cheese, and ice cream when they feel stressed out, and that was the case with me as well. However, high-fat foods are likely to make you feel lethargic, which is why you should eat fresh, antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies as much as you can, as well as foods that are high in fiber. Besides that, I also found that some minerals can relieve my stress-induced muscle pains. Using the right magnesium supplements is very important, since this mineral is highly beneficial not only for you muscles, but for your nervous system in general. It can relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety, which is why I incorporated it into my everyday diet.
Yoga and physical activity are the key to more peaceful life
Physical activity has always been one of the most effective ways of dealing with stress, and that’s why so many people love to work out whenever they feel down. Truth be told, I’m not a fan of gyms and intense workouts – yoga classes are my thing, and I perceive them as the best way to relax and let go of all my worries. Benefits of yoga are multiple, and apart from reducing your stress levels and relieving anxiety, it can also improve your posture, reduce inflammation, and improve your heart health. Trust me, you’ll feel an instant relief once you start practicing it, so don’t wait any longer and sign up for yoga classes in your local yoga studio.
I learned to induce my body’s Relaxation Response
Your body’s innate Relaxation Response is one of the best defences against chronic anxiety, and it’s basically your ability to encourage your body to release particular chemicals and brain signals in order to slow down your muscles and organs and therefore increase blood flow to the brain. This means that you should find a relaxation technique that works best for you, so that you instantly feel a lot calmer. For example, I used to listen to relaxing music for 10 minutes every morning. Your physical tension is likely to be decreased this way as well, which will result in a much more peaceful and stress-free state of mind.
Everything will change once you start to practice mindfulness
Practicing mindfulness is also an extremely beneficial activity I found really helpful in the last couple of months, and it includes practices that tie you to the present moment – without thinking about stressful situations from the past or predicting what may happen in the future. It can help you deal with effects of negative thinking, and there are a couple of methods for increasing mindfulness that are likely to work for you. Some of them are the above-mentioned yoga, coupled with meditation, as well as cognitive therapy and stress reduction based on mindfulness. It really doesn’t matter which one you’ll choose as long as you’re practicing it.
As you can see, there are many helpful ways to successfully reduce your anxiety and stress levels. However, you should know that it can’t happen overnight – it takes a lot of patience and persistence, so make sure you endure throughout the whole process and you’ll see that you can make it happen!
Scarlet is a passionate writer and regular contributor at highstylife.com interested in fashion, lifestyle, and health. She loves traveling, you could say that she is a real travel addict, especially when she has a chance to visit some exotic destinations. She would tell you that inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places.
Again – a huge thank you to Scarlet for getting in touch and sharing with us her experiences. Please do leave her a comment to let her know what your thoughts are on this matter; I’m sure she’d appreciate the feedback!