How To Control Your Stress Levels with Simple Exercise & Lifestyle Changes

Feeling a bit stressed or is anxiety ruling your life? Unfortunately a lot of people will answer yes to both of those. Whether it be a product of our busy lives and the pressures from living in this crazy world or something that has bugged us for years; we are always looking for a way that can help us to bring things under control. But wouldn’t it be nice if we could have a switch that let us turn off from everything that is happening around us and take a minute to ourselves? A switch that rendered us invisible to everyone and everything that is causing us stress?

You don’t have to be Einstein to realize that we are living in a world that is increasingly becoming more stressful. The pressures of achieving both on a personal and work-related level have never been higher. I think we all can still remember how laid back our grandparents were and when they talked about their lives you came to understand that life was a lot simpler back then and people were more relaxed and their lives were not as complicated.

Fast forward to our generation and things are moving along at an alarming pace. The number one priority these days seems to be how much we can accomplish in one lifetime, even if we fail to stop and take a look at what we have done. There is no time to stop and smell the roses when there are more rose bushes to grow!

The downside is that we don’t have a chance to look after ourselves, both physically and emotionally. This is where we need to have that switch installed so that we can take a moment to ourselves to chill out and relax. I for one know what it is like to be caught up in the rat-race and how quickly and easily burn-out creeps up on you. I put my chronic back pain not only down to an injury but also to the fact that I was so totally exhausted that my body was unable to repair itself when the initial damage was done.

The good news is that there is a way of keeping our stress levels in check. In essence it involves not only ‘flipping the switch’ and taking time out for ourselves but also making the most of the time while the switch is flipped. Many people say that they just don’t have the time available to chill out or relax and with the lifestyles that the majority of people live these days that is hardly surprising but I know that even ten minutes when using this method does make a big difference to the way I feel and hopefully it will help you also.

Now you can do this right after waking up in the morning or just before sleep. Sit yourself on the edge of the bed and take deep breaths in and out. Concentrate only on your breathing. Feel the breath coming into your lungs and feel it coming out again. Watch your chest rise and fall with each breath. Try doing this for five minutes without losing your concentration. You will find that thoughts enter your mind pretty much continually and the key is to acknowledge that they are there and simply move them on, don’t pay any attention to them. If you find your focus has moved away from your breathing and watching your chest rise and fall, gently take your focus back to these things and continue the exercise.

Next thing you have to do is reserve 15-20 minutes for yourself every day. You have to do this during the day hours. You can go to some restaurant for lunch or you can go to some park where you can eat your lunch. You can even go for a stroll or sit somewhere and observe people. During these 15 minutes shut down your mobile phone, avoid watching TV or using internet & computer. You will feel more compose and aware within days.

I understand that no matter how much effort you put in to dealing with things by training your focus, you still have times when everything gets on top of you and you start wondering and questioning and thus gradually getting stressful. But you need to try to be positive. Find good in bad stuff. Be thankful to everything you have and had. Things are bad but they can’t be bad forever. They will change and get better eventually. Believe in that and in yourself.

Helpful Resources:
Symptoms of Stress = https://www.cdc.gov/features/copingwithstress/
Further Tips for Coping with Stress = http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pub/coping_with_stress_tips.html

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