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5 Ways to Lower Your Stress Level

By Daryl H. Bryant (626 words)
Posted in Living with MS on September 28, 2012

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{#/pub/images/StressFree.jpg}Effective stress management is an essential element in living a happy, healthy life. Using techniques to lower stress in your everyday life keeps small issues from turning into long term problems. Becoming attentive to the areas that cause you to get upset and frustrated will keep your mind and body free of many of the symptoms that result from too much stress. The key to managing stress throughout the day is by incorporating techniques that lower your stress level. 

These techniques are significant when used every day because they eliminate the pressure before it can cause damage. After practicing a few of these methods, you will discover that your problems don’t seem so big because you are handling them much better. 

Ignoring stressors and stress that is accumulating is the worst thing to do because you are building a dam of built up emotions that will eventually result in physical ailments. The symptoms of stress first affect the mind, then move into your emotions, and finally end up as aches and pains, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a damaged immune system in your body. Taking steps to battle stressful feelings is the way to improve your lifestyle.

Everybody wants to feel as good as possible every day. If you detect symptoms developing, address them immediately. Take control and lower the level of stress before it goes too far. This is the way to manage stress on a daily basis. There are many techniques used to lower and eliminate stress. Here are five essential ways to get started.

1. Find some form of exercise to let off steam. Exercising everyday will keep pent up feelings at a minimum.
2. Evaluate everything you do. What causes you anxiety, frustration or anger? If you can identify and avoid those areas by rearranging your habits, you will lower your stress level.
3. Take 5! Throughout the day, stop and relax for five or ten minutes. Taking a nap mid-day is an effective solution.
4. Eat Healthy. Junk foods, snack foods and fast foods do not have the nutrients that your body needs to function properly, so you get tired, impatient and agitated more easily. Instead have plenty of whole fruits, vegetables and chemical-free meats in your meals.
5. Improve your social connections. Like-minded people provide an outlet for thoughts and feelings that accumulate during the day. If you don’t talk to others, those emotions get “stuffed” and the pressure will resurface later as negative feelings or ill-health.

Experiencing symptoms is a warning that the stress has gone too far and that you need to lower your stress level before it gets worse. Some people overeat when they are stressed, and others won’t slow down long enough for a meal, and they lose weight. Some people go into depression, others have chronic illnesses that flare up and most don’t sleep well. One thing is common, when stress goes untreated it negatively affects the well-being of the individual.

Since stress is so damaging and causes so many emotional and physical problems, it is extremely beneficial to be continually aware of positive ways that you can release stress. Small amounts of stress are actually helpful to create ambition and forward motion, but you must adopt successful management of the medium to high levels of stress. If you identify and deal with stress on a daily basis, your life will reach the goals of being happy and calm that you are aiming for.

Do you have special stress reducing tips? Share them in the comments below or on my Facebook Page!

Comments (3)

jill swing posted on: September 28, 2012

Im trying to pray more, I find that in the morning, I try to remeber to pray. I also talk with some nice people on some MS websites, they are the only ones who umderstand how I am feeling. It is a fact that your imediate family are the last to understand or offer help!! ....Its sad but true......

Karen posted on: September 28, 2012

being around nature, animals, music. humor is very stress-reducing

Lynn posted on: September 29, 2012

"Friends" who turn out to be acquaintances rather than true friends prove to be my greatest source of stress. I learned the hard way that the people I had truly believed to be friends really weren't. Now, I've cut that list down to one friend...and I've known her since we were 8 yrs. old; we're 57 now. She's been in and out of my life many times over the years since we've both moved many times. In the past 4 years we've been inseparable and my husband really appreciates her just because he sees the difference she's made in my life.

On top of that, she's a psychologist, and even though I could talk to her about anything, I don't feel the need to. I don't feel that I have any problems, compared to most people. I've learned to pray for others and that helps me to focus on others more than myself. I feel that I'm the luckiest person in the world...yes, there are problems sometimes, but they are so minor when it comes down to it. I am so blessed and I'm thankful for every day that I have.

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