6 Great Ways to Start Reducing Your Stress Levels Today
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Stress is a constant in many of our lives – and that goes double for women! As the world gets busier, so, too, do our minds. Controlling stress requires specific strategies. Dr. Stacy Reuille-Dupont shares some of them to help you get your stress levels under control.
It may seem contradictory, but one of the best ways to mitigate mental stress is to endure some of the physical kind. This is because exercise releases certain hormones that help relieve your mental load.
When starting out exercising, the key is consistency. It’s no use burning yourself out in one gym session and never returning. You have to schedule time each day in which to get your body moving and your blood pumping. You’ll quickly see your stress levels lower.
Also, set up a space at home where you can work out when heading to the gym isn’t an option. Make sure you keep this area decluttered and clean, as this can help you manage the stress and anxiety that clutter and messiness can cause.
Sometimes our source of stress is our career. If this is the case, it can be a good idea to switch away from that which is causing you the upset.
When looking at switching careers it can be a good idea to look at online accreditation courses. Online degrees are a great way to earn your master’s while still juggling your work and home life. When looking for an online school, just make sure they’re reputable and accredited.
Caffeine is a stimulant but it can also harm your stress levels. If you’re someone who can’t function without three shots a day, this might be one of the reasons you’re so stressed. It may even be disrupting your sleep.
When reducing your caffeine intake, just make sure to do so gradually. Coming off cold turkey is going to disrupt your health unduly and make your motivation to continue without caffeine suffer.
Sometimes the simple act of writing out your problems can help you put things into focus enough to reduce your stress levels. This is where journaling comes in. Keeping a journal is a great way to habitually write down your stressors and deconstruct them.
The key to good journaling is consistency. Make sure you’re setting some time out of your week regularly to sit down with a pen and paper and write. Your stress levels will thank you.
Spending time with friends and family is a great way to de-stress. At worst, it helps distract you from your problems – at best your loved ones can help talk you through the thing that’s stressing you out.
Humans are pack animals and as such we’re designed to rely on others for comfort and validation. By socializing more, you’re undermining your stressors, allowing your brain the time it needs to work through them.
When you go out, you also have the opportunity to gain confidence by feeling – and looking – your best. Be natural, though. Go for something stylish yet comfortable so that you can be yourself.
When we don’t want to do something it can be all too easy to procrastinate until the deadline is in our faces. This can cause a lot of undue stress.
One of the best ways to mitigate this type of stress is to tackle procrastination. Look at ways you can avoid leaving things to the last moment. This can be difficult, particularly if you have a diagnosis that affects your executive function, but it’s essential if you want to beat back the stress of looming deadlines.
Reduce your stress levels
Stress can be hard to live with, so finding ways to mitigate it is essential for your health and wellbeing. Now you have a few tips and tricks up your sleeve for helping to lower your stress levels. Don’t forget to complement them with body care products that make you feel wonderful. Shop La Loba today.
The goal of Dr. Stacy Reuille-Dupont is to help you live a life of contentment and peace, excitement and energy. Feel free to request an appointment today!