7 Powerful Stress Buster Tips
Stress happens to the best of us, doesn’t it? It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, how much money you have or how beautiful you are.
Control stress. Or it will control you.
You’re bound to face problems in life. Dealing with the death of a loved one, divorce, a new baby, health issues, losing your job, relationships or debt is stressful.
Sometimes it’s impossible to change the situation you find yourself in. But it’s possible to control the stress it brings. If you ignore the fireball inside ready to explode, it will hit you hard.
You need to know about the implications or how your health will suffer.
Read on to find out…
Stress is a silent killer
Debt is a number one stress booster.
A friend of mine shared some sad news recently. Someone she knew had financial problems.
So, her mom sent money to help out.
It brought a smile to her friend’s face. With the extra money, she would be able to take care of pressing financial issues. That morning, she got ready to go to the post office to collect the money.
She walked towards the front door.
Halfway to the door, she collapsed.
But it was a collapse of death. She died instantly.
She didn’t get a chance to use the money to help solve her problems.
Stress had claimed another victim.
Are you next on the list?
Because of our lifestyle, stress is more likely to affect women more than men.
Camile Lloyd, Professor in The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas Medical School, Houston said, “ Women are probably under more stress than ever before. At work we have more responsibility but less job security. We’re juggling the demands made by our bosses, our kids and our spouses. Our relationships are less secure. Consider the divorce rate. And we’re less likely to have extended and lifelong friends to lean on, since everyone relocates so often.”
Stress doesn’t travel alone
The shocking news is, it comes with deadly excessive baggage.
Deep-rooted stress will develop into life-threatening health problems. The most dangerous ones are high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack.
Other unhealthy stress-related health issues are:
- Chronic or severe headaches
- Weakened immune system
- Damage to the heart and blood vessels
- Lack of concentration
- Upset stomach
- Binge eating
- Back or neck pain
Physical problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, migraines and eczema also belong to this group.
The only way to manage this invader is to make lifestyle changes.
Here are 7 ways to get stress and its undesirable family out of your life:
1. Think about happy times
Relax away the stress. When you start to get worked-up, find a quiet space. Go to a room where no one will disturb you.
Think about happy times. Close your eyes and breathe slowly. Bring that happy time to life in your mind. Remember the way you laughed. Think about the person who made you happy. Imagine giving them a long hug. As you do, smile and pretend you’re back in that moment. Do that for 5 minutes. Your mood will change.
2. Laugh, laugh and laugh some more
When stress kicks in, laugh it off. Every time you laugh, your heart, lungs and muscles get a gentle, wholesome massage. Doesn’t it feel sensational when someone gives you a massage?
Imagine how your internal organs feel when they get a massage. There’s nothing better for calming you.
When you need some relief from stress, hang out with friends and family who make you laugh. Or watch a side-splitting comedy film. A good (laugh till your belly hurts) laugh will make you feel on top form.
Laughing lets off endorphins from your brains. It sparks the feel-good chemicals in your body.
3. Sing the blues away
It doesn’t matter if you’re not the next X Factor candidate. Singing is a wonder cure for getting rid of stress.
Singing lowers cortisol hormones. Exercising your lungs makes you happy, reduces your heart rate and puts you in a warm relaxed mood.
According to an article in the Guardian, “Doctors believe that singing is valuable aerobic exercise, encouraging better posture and deeper breathing. It is also thought that singing releases endorphins in the body, which relieve pain and reduce stress. Using singing as a therapy for relaxation, overcoming depression and anxiety, and even treating clinically serious mental-health problems, is a growing movement.” (Source)
Singing stimulates a nerve (vagus) that’s located at the back of your throat and sinus. During a singing session, your body unwinds and is less stressed.
So, next time you’re tense, belt out a song. Your neighbors might not appreciate it. But you’ll feel super-duper. To keep them happy, knock on their door and apologise later.
4. Relax those muscles
Have you heard of a technique called progressive relaxation? When you’re worked up and your body feels knotted, try it.
Go to a quiet room and make yourself comfortable. Sit or lie down on a sofa or bed.
First, close your eyes.
Next, curl your toes (bend them as far back as possible) for 10 seconds. After a count of 10, unbend them.
Lastly, work the other parts of your body. Squeeze and relax your feet, legs, stomach, fingers, arms, neck and face.
This exercise will progressively get rid of tension from your toes to the crown of your head. That is, you’ll be releasing stress from your body.
5. Take a walk
According to scientists, walking can soothe the brains. Jogging or walking fast activates neurons in the brains. You can walk away stress.
I can testify to that. One evening, my daughter and I had a blazing row. Anger took over. I had to get out of the house.
So, I went for a long walk around the block. By the time I got back home, my head was clear. And I felt calm and relaxed.
Walking triggers nerve cells in the brains. It impacts the senses and calms you down.
6. Think positively
If your purse didn’t have a lot of money in it, would you think it’s half empty or half full? Your answer will tell if you’re an optimistic (positive) or pessimistic (negative) person.
Positive thinking is good for your health.
Some of the benefits are:
- Reduced stress levels
- Lower risks of heart attacks
- Being able to manage stress
- Increased life span
Have you noticed how positive people also live a healthy lifestyle? They exercise, don’t smoke, eat a healthy diet and limit the amount of alcohol they drink.
So how do you think positively?
It starts with your thoughts. They shape who you are.
“Habits of thinking need not be forever. One of the most significant findings in psychology in the last 20 years, is that individuals can choose the way they think.” ~ Martin Seligman, Learned Optimism
Thinking positively will eventually change your mindset. It takes time. But the more you do it, the easier it gets.
Negative thoughts or self-talk and worries will go. Instead of always seeing the bad, you’ll see the positives in the mess.
A few years ago I lost my dad, ex husband and two-week-old grandson within 9 months. It was the most traumatic experiences of my life. I could have taken drugs, drowned my sorrows in alcohol or had meaningless relationships with men to cope with the deaths.
But, I chose to use that daunting experience to make me a stronger woman. I focused on my children and poured my love into them. If I had given into wallowing in self-pity, I probably would have had a nervous breakdown.
It was difficult. But I made the choice to turn a bad situation into one I could cope with.
If you’re struggling with negative thoughts, take small steps to change your thought patterns. Don’t beat yourself up. Talk to people who can help you. And surround yourself with positive people. Their optimism will rub off on you.
7. Drink lots of chamomile tea
Did you know that the Ancient Greeks used chamomile for healing? It’s packed with magnesium and calcium. There’s also potassium, zinc and iron in this wonder tea.
It’s a great stress buster tea, especially for panic attacks. It will take away the jittery feelings and calm you down.
Drinking one cup three times a day can have a soothing effect on you.
When, and if stress comes knocking on your health door, how will you react? Will you let it in to take control? Or will you take action to keep it away? I’m sure you don’t want to be the next victim. Living with stress is a nightmare.
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Have you ever been hit by stress? How did you deal with it? Can you add to these tips?