When’s the last time you were able to just sit with your own thoughts and just … relax?
If studies are any indicator, stress is eating away at society in new and different ways, and the effects are damaging. Today, close to 80% of people report regularly experiencing physical symptoms related to stress.
This means that the vast majority of the population is literally walking around sick or hurt due to stress.
With this in mind, it’s clear that getting your stress under control is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and everyone around you. You can get started by following these tips.
Get Away From it All
There’s a reason that a vacation is often the first thing people take whenever stress piles up. Kicking your feet up, getting back to nature and removing yourself from your everyday environment can work wonders in reducing your cortisol levels.
Today, it’s more possible than ever to get out of town at the drop of a hat without having to pay too much money in the process. Services like Airbnb have made it a snap to book accommodations anywhere you could imagine. If you’re an RV fan, weekend rates as low as $80 make it easy to take the whole family on a trip, even during the school year.
The true key is to prioritize your health high enough to take one of these trips and get your stress levels under control.
Become a Meditator
This is the best decision that you can make for your life in so many different ways.
Meditation puts us face to face with something that few of us make time for — ourselves.
Ever wonder why you walk around with a low-level, yet persistent refrigerator hum-like anxiety that leaves you stressed and fatigued at the end of the day? In many situations, your thought life is the culprit.
When you allow your mind to wander without noticing the barrage of negative, self-defeating thoughts that pass through your consciousness, you start to live them out and create patterns that become your life. By meditating, you can still and quiet your mind, so that you’re able to wade through these thoughts, as opposed to being at the effect of them.
Mediation is medication and can help you melt stress away and even reduce your blood pressure levels.
Watch How You Treat Your Body
You can audit your diet to also figure out why stress is defeating you.
If you feed your body food filled with sugar, hormones, and ingredients that make your brain, heart and digestive system work overtime, it’s difficult to sit still without stress getting you down.
You need to eat foods that your body breaks down easily and steer clear of the junk that leaves you jittery and depressed.
Take the time to manage these tips so that you’re able to get the most out of your health while reducing stress levels.