1. Exercise regularly.
Exercise causes your body to emit norepinephrine, a chemical known to battle stress. It also produces endorphins, known to generate feelings of well-being to help combat anxiety.
2. Put your anxiety into perspective.
If you are stressing over a life event, ask yourself if it will matter in 5 years. Chances are, it will look like a blip in the microcosm of the universe. Look at your priorities and take inventory of what you have to be grateful for.
3. Feel your power.
Reject those helpless feelings. It can help you ditch that victim mentality. Pump yourself up with affirmations. Be proactive and get busy getting things done. You will get a feeling of accomplishment and feel more in control of your life.
4. Write stress causes down.
Feel like a dog with a bone who can’t put it down? Write. It’s cathartic. Journaling helps you let go when you just can’t. When those thoughts keep circling around in your mind, writing about your feelings helps them dissipate. When you know they are documented, they have been expressed and you don’t have to keep playing the same tapes. Let it go.
5. Exercise your boundaries.
Know your limits. Don’t put too much on your plate and then worry about how to get it all done. Learn how to say no.
6. Get a massage.
Massage reduces muscle tension, and creates a feeling of connection and caring, like feeling the safety of being in the womb.
7. Try supplements.
B Complex Vitamins are known stress reducers and mood enhancers. B12 is used as an energy booster. Magnesium relaxes the body and reduces anxiety. Melatonin can help you fall asleep. Valerian Root helps you stay asleep. Theanine has been associated with calming the temper. It is found in green and black tea. Rhodiola is said to fight fatique and increase energy. 5-htp is a natural antidepressant and promotes a feeling of well being.
8. Soak in a warm bath.
Much like massage, its relaxing effects on muscles will calm your nerves and help you regain inner focus.
9. Cuddle with your pet.
Spending time with your animals can increase levels of oxytocin, the hormone that helps to reduce stress and decrease production of cortisol, a hormone that causes stress.
10. Walk in nature.
Sometimes we get caught up our thoughts and don’t take time see what’s going on around us. Smell the roses. Take a walk and enjoy your surroundings. Savor the opportunity to marvel on the beauty that nature provides. It will take you out of your stress-focused thoughts and fill your mind with gratitude.
11. Do Yoga.
Increased strength and flexibility as well as oxygenation to your cells through breathing techniques calm your stress responses through the mind and body connection. Finding your inner serenity with yoga helps manage anxiety.
12. Find your inner child and laugh.
With so much focus on work and life’s commitments, we can forget how to have fun. Do something silly and fun to make you feel like a kid again and laugh. Laughter increases heart rates while lowering blood pressure and can relieve pain and increase your mood, contributing to a feeling of relaxation.
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