10 of the best ways to reduce stress

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While stress can actually be good for us, too much of it can seriously disrupt our everyday lives. Here are 10 of the best ways to reduce stress.

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Today, it seems as though stress has become that unwanted roommate. You know the type. The person who never cleans up after themselves, always late with their portion of the rent, and always hogging the TV. Basically, its ever-present and always hindering what you need to better your own living conditions.

But does stress have to be that insufferable roommate? Thankfully, the answer is no. However, if we are to take back control of our lives and ward off its impact on our mental health, we must know what it is, what causes it, and what you can do to make stress more manageable. Trust me, once you learn how, your happiness and life satisfaction will noticeably improve.

In today’s post, you will learn all about the 10 of the best ways to reduce stress

What is stress?

Stress is the body’s natural response to any demand, challenge, or change that requires a physical, mental, or emotional adjustment. Stress can be caused by a variety of factors, such as work, relationships, financial problems, or health issues.

There are two main types of stress: acute stress and chronic stress.

Acute stress is the body’s short-term response to a specific situation, such as an upcoming deadline or a public speaking engagement. This type of stress is normal and can even be beneficial as it can help motivate us to get things done.

Chronic stress, on the other hand, is ongoing stress that persists for a long period of time and can have serious negative effects on our physical and mental health.

Some common causes of stress include:

  • Work-related issues, such as a heavy workload or job insecurity
  • Financial problems
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Health problems or chronic pain
  • Major life changes, such as moving, getting married, or having a baby
  • Trauma or traumatic events
  • Personal or family conflicts
  • Natural disasters or other types of emergencies
  • Exposure to chronic stressors, such as living in a violent neighborhood or dealing with ongoing discrimination.

Everyone experiences stress differently, and what may be stressful for one person may not be for another. It’s important to recognize the signs of stress and take steps to manage it in order to maintain good physical and mental health

What’s more, Stress is a natural part of life. it can be caused by a variety of factors such as work, relationships, or personal problems. While a little bit of stress can be beneficial as it can help motivate us to get things done.

However, excessive stress can have serious negative effects on our physical and mental health. It can lead to anxiety, depression, and a variety of health problems such as heart disease and high blood pressure.

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So, how can we reduce stress in our lives? Here are 10 effective ways to do so:

1. Exercise regularly: Physical activity has been proven to reduce stress and improve mood. It helps to release endorphins, which are chemicals that act as natural painkillers and mood elevators. Like dopamine and serotonin, just to name a few

2. Practice relaxation techniques: There are a variety of relaxation techniques that can help reduce stress, such as deep breathing, meditation, or progressive muscle relaxation.

3. Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can increase stress and lead to a variety of health problems. Make sure to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night to help reduce stress and improve overall health.

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4. Eat a healthy diet: A healthy diet can help improve mood and reduce stress. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and limit your intake of processed and sugary foods.

5. Connect with others: Social support is an important factor in stress management. Make time to spend with friends and family, and consider joining a support group or finding a therapist to talk to.

6. Find time for hobbies and activities you enjoy: Taking a break from work and other responsibilities to do something you enjoy can help reduce stress and improve mood.

7. Practice good time management: Feeling overwhelmed by too many tasks can cause stress. Practice good time management skills by creating a to-do list and setting priorities.

8. Learn how to say no: It’s important to set boundaries and not take on more than you can handle. Learn how to say no to unreasonable requests or demands to help reduce stress.

9. Take breaks and practice self-care: Make sure to take breaks from work and other responsibilities to relax and recharge. Practice self-care by doing things you enjoy, such as taking a warm bath or going for a walk.

10. Seek professional help: If you’re struggling with stress and aren’t able to manage it on your own, consider seeking help from a mental health professional. They can provide support and guidance to help you cope with stress.

Remember, it’s important to take care of yourself and manage stress in order to maintain good physical and mental health. Try incorporating some of these stress-reducing techniques into your daily routine to help improve your overall well-being

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Arenburg is a mental health blogger, S speaker, writer, and published author; He is also the host of the mental wellness podcast, #thewellnesstalksHe has also appeared in the i'Mpossible's Lemonade Stand III. He has also been a contributing writer for Mental health talk, a column in his local paper. In addition, he has also written for the mental health advocacy organization; Sick Not Weak.Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health-related podcasts Including: A New Dawn, The Depression Files, Books and Authors, and Men Are Nuts. Since being put off work because of PTSD, Jonathan has dedicated his time to his mental wellness journey while helping others along the way.Educated as an addictions' counsellor, he has dedicated most of his professional life of eighteen years, working with those who have intellectual disabilities, behavioural challenges, and mental illness.He has also spent fifteen years in the volunteer fire service helping his community.His new book (2021), “The Road To Mental Wellness,” goes into detail about his life-long battle with depression, anxiety and more recently, PTSD. In it, he hopes to provide insight on how mental illness cultivates over a lifetime and, if not recognized and treated, how it impacts the entirety of one's life; right from childhood into the adult years. Jonathan lives with his two children in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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