How to Reduce Stress and Anxiety


Everyone has to deal with stress at some point or another. Its presence in all aspects of life—from academics to career goals to personal aspirations—means we all must learn to relax and reduce stress to benefit our overall well-being and health in general. Start taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions and your environment.

  • Eat well. Ensure you eat a balanced diet, including lot of vegetables and fruits. The Bupa health website says food can affect a person’s mood. When your body’s sugar level measures as low, you have an increased tendency to become irritable and tense. Avoid skipping meals. Plan a set of healthy meals consisting of protein and complex carbohydrates to ensure you intake the proper amount of nutritious foods.

  • Determine the cause of your stress. Make a list of possible causes and determine the root of it. For example, frustration with work or getting over a lost loved one might cause anxiety. Writing it on paper can sometimes help release the concerns from your mind.
  • If you feel stress with your work environment, examine the time table of your schedule. Organize tit so you can take care of things so you won’t need to think of anything else. This also works with studying for an exam.
  • Get a hobby. Do exercise or yoga at least one-half hour each day or provide for time playing of your favorite sports. This will help you isolate yourself from stress instead of focusing on work or school only. It also helps in releasing endorphins, which helps make you feel better.
  • Avoid alcohol and non-prescribed drugs. They will only worsen your lack of ability to cope with stress symptoms. Stop drinking coffee completely or at least limit your intake, since it can help keep your adrenaline going and make it more difficult for you to relax. Consider drinking tea instead. Tea proves effective for reducing your stress levels and also helps settle your stomach.
  • Get in touch with nature. Listen to nature’s sounds and breathe fresh air. This can bring you peace to help you emotionally and physically figure out things. If you live in a metropolitan area, a quick stop at your local park or church might also help.
  • Play your favorite soothing music to create a specific atmosphere in your home. Purchase scented candles or incense to create an aromatic ambiance. Aromatherapy can work as a great way to relieve stress and anxiety.
  • Get a massage. Massages have proven to improve blood circulation and reduce stress.
  • If you still find yourself continually stressed on a regular basis, visit a therapist. Confiding in someone trustworthy and without judgment can help you cope with things that have contributed to your stress. Keep your options open.

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About the Author: Andrew Reinert is a health care professional who loves to share different tips on health and personal care. He is a regular contributor to MegaHowTo and lives in Canada.

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