Be Inspired / 4 Ways To Lead A Stress & Anxiety Free Life
Let’s face it, we all come face-to-face with the stress demon at some point, whether the source is work, your family, your relationship, or most likely an awfully unforgiving combo. You can’t control the cause of your stress, but you can manage the symptoms and remedy the situation as quickly as possible. Sit up, clear your mind and prepare to learn the secrets to putting your stress to bed! Don’t fear, relief is on its way.
Manage Your Time
A recent study by Harvard academics found that 25% of our happiness is dependent upon how well we are able to cope with stress.
Plan your day the night before. Deal with the hardest tasks earlier in the day and save the easier ones for later. If you give yourself a basic framework for your days, you’ll be much more likely to pack your days with useful work that adds value to your life.
Don’t begin the activities of your day until you know exactly what you plan to accomplish. Don’t start your day until you have it planned.
— Jim Rohn, Leading an Inspired Life
It’s been scientifically proven that we get better quality sleep in a cold environment. Colder rooms equal less time to fall asleep and a deeper sleep to help cycle you through the important sleep stages so you can wake feeling refreshed. For an added bonus, keep your room as dark and free of noise as possible, and try really focusing on your breathing. You’ll find you fall asleep much faster than you are used to. And finally, one thing we’re all culpable of is “phone surfing” in bed. Put that phone away a good 30 minutes before sleep. The blue light emitted from your screen wreaks havoc on your body's internal clock (or circadian rhythm), delays the release of sleep-inducing melatonin and increase alertness.
You knew it was coming. What better way to swat away that stress than by challenging your body to a serious sweat session? Not only does working out increase your serotonin levels (the hormone that makes you happy), but it also releases endorphins (chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers). Lose yourself in a workout at the gym, at home, at the park or anywhere you feel like. Quash that stress and lose some of that ungainly body fat while you’re at it!
The Greeks, Mayans and Native Americans all chewed some form of gum to reduce fatigue and promote relaxation, while gum has been included in combat rations since WWI. See how many sports coaches and players vigorously chew gum during matches to reduce their pent up tension and all the signs point towards chewing gum being a superbly simple way to reduce stress. A study even found chewing gum to reduce anxiety, lower cortisol levels and improve alertness and performance.
Not only does gum have this stress diminishing factor but it also gives your jaw muscles a nice little workout leading to more chiseled facial features, which, don’t kid yourself, we all dream of having!
Stress causes mayhem on your mental state and well-being and it also ravages your appearance. If you want to keep hold of those youthful looks you need to start utilizing these ways of keeping stress at arm’s length. Manage your stress properly and your body and mind will love you for longer!