Relieving Stress is Easy as 1,2,3
Stress is expected when on the road to your goals and dreams. Dream chasing can become quite overwhelming as you endure hardships, heartaches, headaches and frankly, WTF moments. Moments in which you just need to take a step back, regroup and refocus. With all the long days and nights you endure, your brain feels like it’s turning into mush and you can barely think straight. So, to alleviate the stress and get back to a point where you’re able to operate and function efficiently, consider some of these activities…
1. Breathe Deep
Breathing exercises are a proven method to help you decompress and regain focus. Take a few minutes to stop whatever you’re doing and go somewhere peaceful where you can close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Personally, I prefer doing this with headphones on. I just get lost in the music for a few minutes and take slow deep breathes. Inhale through your nose and let the blood flow straight to your head, hold it for a second and slowly exhale through your mouth. Deep breaths will help slower your heart rate and lower your blood pressure bringing your body back to a relaxed state.
2. Focus with Awareness
I literally want you to focus on the environment around you. Ask yourself, what’s going on right now? What am I doing? What’s next? Stop. FOCUS! Deep breaths…and continue working. In these few seconds, you literally decompress and relieve yourself of the tension and the feeling of being overwhelmed. If need be, just ask yourself, what’s the worst that can happen? Sometimes we tend to overthink certain scenarios which rarely ever come true. Practice thinking positive and freeing your mind from any negative energy.
3. Reach out to Someone
You know the feeling you get after you’ve finished venting and just think, “Okay. I’m done.”…well, that’s what I want YOU to do. Reach out to someone who you can just be open with and is willing to hear you out. If you don’t feel comfortable doing so, or don’t have anyone you can think of, then look into the mirror and talk to yourself. Vocalizing your frustrations helps you get things off your chest and helps to put things in perspective. Writing things down and/or talking things out also helps you generate solutions for whatever may be bothering you.
Mediation is a great way to calm your nerves and let go of that anxious feeling you may get from wanting to get something done. Combine the practice of mediation with breathing exercises and focusing with awareness for the ultimate stress relieving feeling. Think positive thoughts and get lost in your subconscious mind.
Yes! Laugh out loud. Laughing really is the best cure for all things bad. Laughing increases the endorphin levels in your brain and helps put you in a good mood. In addition, it also helps by reducing the stress hormone cortisol. Watching comedians like Kevin Hart always help me out.
Exercising also helps you release those feel good chemicals into your body. No need for some ridiculous work out, just take a walk or do some stretches. Just something simple enough to get you pumped up and ready to kick some ass!
Remember, these aren’t the only ways to reduce stress. Do the things that make you happy and help you forget about your problems. Whether it be drawing, listening to music, or going for a drive. Do the things that help you clear your thoughts and make you happy. Appreciate your blessings and leave the negativity behind. Life is a long journey and a roller coaster of emotions, and a positive mindset will attract more positivity.
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Understand that stress is a part of life but it doesn’t have to control your life. Sometimes we are the ones who over-exaggerate certain situations with just our thoughts alone. If you break things down to the bare roots, being stressed is just a negative state of mind. Meaning that you yourself allow certain situations to overwhelm you mentally by thinking negative thoughts.
Learn to take things one step at a time, focusing on the positive outcome so that in turn you become less stressed.